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KHRT Agriculture News - 05/14/19

The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is withdrawing from the National Association of Wheat Growers....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is withdrawing from the National Association of Wheat Growers. Grain Growers President Jeff Mertz says the state group doesn't believe it's getting an "adequate return" on the dues it pays because it's seen a decline in national group support for issues specifically affecting North Dakota.

    The Bismarck Tribune reports that the vote by the state group's board to sever ties with the national group was unanimous. When the contract expires June 30, it will end a 42-year relationship.

    National group President Ben Scholz says it "did everything possible" to address the state group's concerns. He says it's unfortunate that a major wheat-producing state won't be part of the national organization.

    North Dakota leads the nation in the production of both spring wheat and durum wheat.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is causing anxiety among rural farmers and bankers. Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer says these are days of "a little bit of panic." Minnesota agriculture lender Kent Thiesse (TEE'-see) says most farmers were able to get financing for spring planting, but more federal aid might be needed to head off "serious losses" this fall.

    The Commerce Department says farmers' personal income declined by $11.8 billion through the first three months of 2019. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says a similar pace of decline is expected in coming months.

    RSM chief economist Joseph Brusuelas says the farm sector might see its greatest downturn in three decades.

    President Donald Trump promises more aid, but the American Soybean Association says farmers are tired of being "collateral damage in an endless tariff war."


     WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is downplaying the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China as nothing more than "a little squabble" between friends. Trump says the U.S. has been treated unfairly by China "for many, many decades" and says he thinks things will "turn out extremely well" because, "We're in a very strong position."

    As for who is winning the dispute, Trump tells reporters as he leaves for a trip to Louisiana that, "We always win."

    Trade talks between the two countries have broken down, with U.S. officials listing $300 billion more in Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes and Beijing vowing Tuesday to "fight to the finish" in an escalating trade battle that is fueling fears about damage to global economic growth.

    Trump says that the two countries were close to a deal, but says China "broke it."



   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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