Ag Chat with Bob Bosold - Dec. 5th

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- The official November Class 3 milk price came out at $16.88. That's up 19 cents from the October price and ties February for the highest price so far this year. April was the lowest price this year at $15.22 and the average Class 3 price for the first 11 months of the year is $16.25.
Bill Northey, the former Iowa Agriculture Commissioner, may soon get his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate. That's because President Trump has agreed to meet with the oil industry and senators from oil country on the U.S. biofuels policy. Texas senator Ted Cruz has put a hold on Northey's nomination until he and other senators got a meeting with the President on the Renewable Fuels Standards mandate. That meeting is expected to happen sometime next week.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation wrapped up its 98th annual convention yesterday in Wisconsin Dells with their annual policy session. At that meeting, delegates dealt with the current events in the dairy industry. They voted to support a policy that gives dairy farms 60 days notice before any changes to their premium structure or required fees can take place as well as giving 90 days notice before termination of service. Delegates also support a 5 cent a gallon tax on agricultural dyed fuel to be used only for town road improvements and maintenance. Farm Bureau members also voted to support increased trade deals that benefit Wisconsin and U.S. agriculture. And on the consumer side, the delegates would like to see some label changes on milk to help consumers. Instead of 2%, they want the label to read 98% fat free and 1% containers should read 99% fat free.

Following the resolutions session, the Farm Bureau Board held its annual reorganizational meeting. And they voted to re-elect Jim Holte of Elk Mound to a 6th term as Wisconsin Farm Bureau president. Also re-elected vice president was Don Radtke of Merrill while Joe Bragger of Independence was re-elected to the board for a third term to represent District 4.

Canada's lead negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation talks isn't mincing any words when it comes to President Trump's stance on some of the issues they're trying to come to agreement on. Steve Verheui told Canadian lawmakers last week that Trump's position on the auto sector is "wholly unworkable" and Canada will not go along with that position. The president wants a big increase in the percentage of parts in North American vehicles to be sourced from here but even U.S. automakers say that would make North American vehicles too expensive on the world market. The Canadian trade minister also said U.S. requests to eliminate Canada's supply management programs for dairy and poultry are also unworkable and need to be scaled back. The next full round of NAFTA talks will happen late in January in Montreal.

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