Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - December 7

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- China will need to drop steep tariffs it imposed on American farm products earlier this year before it can fulfill its pledge to buy substantial volumes of U.S. goods, Chinese traders said earlier this week. Reuters reports that China and the United States agreed on Saturday to a ceasefire in a months-long trade war that roiled global markets and halted sales of U.S. soybeans to China. The news service reported that the United States agreed to put on hold a Jan. 1 increase in tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, following talks between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a gathering of world leaders in Argentina. However, other national news sources later in the week raised questions about the validity of those discussions.

The next meeting of the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 will be December 13 in Oshkosh. The meeting will be 10 a.m. at the UW-Oshkosh Reeve Union Ballroom on Algoma Boulevard in Oshkosh. Nine Task Force Sub-Committees, which have been meeting during October and November, will report on their work. The Task Force may consider taking action on recommendations that sub-committees have forwarded for consideration. Public input will be accepted by the task force before and during the meeting.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny said yesterday that a final rule about school meals increases local flexibility in implementing school nutrition standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium. Perdue said the final rule will deliver on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's promise made in a May 2017, to develop forward-thinking strategies that ensure school nutrition standards are both healthful and practical. National Milk Producers Federation officials commended the changes, which include again allowing 1 percent milkfat milk into school lunch programs. Low-fat flavored milk also will be allowed into the programs without schools having to make appeals based on consumption changes.

U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer announced yesterday that Morocco has agreed to allow U.S. beef imports into that country, under a U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. U.S. poultry imports were allowed into the country starting in August.