Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - June 19

Published: Jun. 19, 2019 at 7:36 AM CDT
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Some World Trade organization members are critical of the Trump Administration's recent announcement of increased help for some U.S. farmers. The European Union, China and five other World Trade Organization members are saying the $16.8 billion in assistance to farmers announced recently by U.S. Department officials might violate international trade rules. A document on the WTO Web site says the countries say the assistance program - designed to help farmers affected by U.S. tariff battles with China and some other nations could exceed America's WTO subsidy commitments and unfairly influence American farmers' planting decisions. The United States hasn't notified the WTO about its payments to farmers, and could respond to the complaints during world agriculture meetings later next week in Geneva, Switzerland.

Wisconsin agriculture secretary-designee Brad Pfaff is encouraging Wisconsin farmers to take advantage of USDA resources designed to help dairy and crop farmers facing low prices and late planting. The sign-up period started Monday for the new federal Dairy Margin Coverage program. Pfaff said crop farmers also need to remember deadlines for reporting failed or prevented planting if they plan to claim coverage under federal insurance programs.

Guernsey cattle enthusiasts from across the country are gathering in Eau Claire this week. The American Guernsey Association National Convention opens today at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire and runs through Sunday. The convention will include some area farm tours for producers who maintain Guernsey dairy cattle, along with national awards and meetings.

The nation's milk production went down in May, with the 19 billion pounds of milk representing a four-tenths of a percent decrease compared with the May production in 2018. Decreased milk production in the Midwest, Southeast and parts of the Southwest offset increases on the West Coast and in Texas.

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