Ag Chat with Bob Bosold- July 11

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- The 65th farm Technology Days show got off to a big start yesterday near Marshfield in Wood County. Show officials don't give out exact crowd size estimates but they did say it was one of the biggest first day crowds in recent years. The gates will open again this morning at 9 and the show will run until 4 o'clock both today and tomorrow. Governor Scott Walker will be at the show today and will make some comments around 10 a.m. in the Family Living tent.
Also yesterday the Northern Wisconsin State fair had its unofficial opening with 4-H and FFA members showing their hogs in the Coliseum. The grand champion hog was shown by Dominic Escoto from the Duncan Creek 4-H club while Brookyn Leazott of the Hay Creek Ramblers had the reserve champion. The official opening of the fair is today with the beef and sheep and 4-H horse shows in the rural area with the market animal sale set for tonight.

President Donald trump is traveling the world this week meeting with world leaders. And trade is sure to be one of the major topics of discussion as tariffs are starting to add up against U.S. agricultural products. One of the industries being hit the hardest is the pork industry. In China alone our pork products are facing 62% tariffs while in Mexico the tariffs are at 20% as of yesterday. Iowa State University economists now estimate that if tariffs on our pork around the world stay where they are now, it will cost our hog farmers more than $2 billion on a yearly basis.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting a lot of support from the public over his tough stance on trade in light of the trade actions threatened by President Trump. A recent poll shows 62% of Canadians support Trudeau's reactions to the President's threats while 59% support his plan to impose billions of dollars in tariffs on U.S. imports because of our tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum exports to the United States. Currently the U.S. has a $2 billion positive balance of trade with Canada when it comes to steel and aluminum.

The new acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler told the Wall Street Journal this week that he plans to closely follow the policies of outgoing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. But he said he will change the tone of how he talks about some of the critical issues the agency deals with. He said the main thing he wants to do is de-politicize environmental issues. That means he plans to reduce the time it takes to make decisions on environmental permitting as well as shorten the time to have final decisions on environmental reviews. On biofuels, Wheeler said he considers the Renewable Fuels Mandate the "law of the land" and he fully supports it.

It's time to start entering dairy cattle for this year's World dairy Expo in Madison. Show officials say online and paper entries are due by August 31 but entries can be submitted on line until September 9th. Entry forms are available on the Dairy Expo website or in the Premium book mailed out to past exhibitors earlier this month. This year's show, running from October 2nd through the 6th, will be the 52nd World Dairy Expo.

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