ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- President Trump expressed optimism on a possible trade deal with China following a weekend telephone conversation with the Chinese President. Trump said the 2 leaders talked about a comprehensive deal that would cover all subjects and areas of dispute. The Chinese president told the Chinese media that he and the president agreed to work towards stable progress on many issues as the relationship between the 2 countries is at a "vital stage." The U.S. is sending a trade delegation to China this month to reach agreements that would end tariffs so the Chinese would again buy U.S. soybeans.
In other trade news, Washington observers are now saying President Trump may cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement as a way to force Congress into voting for the recently agreed to U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. If he does, it would mean Congress would have 6 months to approve the new deal or risk facing new tariffs on over $1 billion in ag products shipped from the U.S. to both Canada and Mexico.
The American Farm Bureau federation annual convention will be in New Orleans in a little over a week with more than 6,000 Farm Bureau members in attendance. Also scheduled to be there is Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue who will be the keynote speaker on Saturday the 14th. Last year President Trump addressed the group at their centennial convention and said he would like to come back again this year-but so far that's not on the schedule.
It's time to start thinking about who will be the royalty in Wisconsin for the coming year as the selection process for both our next Fairest of the Fairs and Alice in Dairyland is here. Next week at Wisconsin Dells, 42 young ladies will compete to become the next Fairest of the Fairs at the 53rd annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs' convention. That convention will run from this Sunday through Wednesday. Also the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer protection is starting the process of selecting our 72nd Alice in Dairyland. Young ladies who would like to try for the position have until February 4th to submit their applications to the department. The position pays $45,000 for the year and includes benefits. Applicants need to be at least 21 years old, have experience in communications, be female and a Wisconsin resident. The new Alice will be chosen at the finals held May 9th through the 11th in Green County.