AgriTalk: A Step in the Right Direction

May 23, 2018 08:17 AM

It was big news early this year when China announced an investigation into alleged U.S. sorghum dumping at unfair prices. Late last week we learned that the investigation was over.

“We are starting to go back the other way, decreasing trade tensions, and opening up a market again,” said Tom Sleight, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council. “The fact of the matter is the number one export market for sorghum has come back online.”
Sleight also told AgriTalk host Chip Flory on Tuesday that there is a lot of potential for ethanol growth outside of the U.S.

Flory said it’s important that people realize that China-U.S. trade is relationship driven, and maintaining that relationship is crucial.

“We have a lot of common interest between our countries, we both sort of need each other economically, and getting to a more positive discussion on our trade relationships is a really nice step,” said Sleight.

Sleight said there are many reasons why China may have lifted the investigation including hardship on consumers, inflation, and demand from feed millers, but admitted there is no way to know the actual cause.

Also on Tuesday’s AgriTalk, Flory has a conversation with Farm Journal reporter Chris Bennett about a story from Pennsylvania involving a farmer and his 30 years long battle with the EPA. It amounts to what Flory called a “land grab case” that has left the farmer with more than a million dollars in court fees and even more than that in pending fines.

You can find the full article written by Bennett HERE.

You can catch the full conversation on AgriTalk by clicking on the player above

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