Debt-to-asset ratios are on the rise, working capital is eroding and farmers’ sentiments are on the decline. Despite the negativity surrounding prices and outlooks, Famer Mac is providing a voice of optimism.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries to the list of commodities that can receive direct assistance in the wake of rising tariffs triggered by trade disputes.
Charging that retaliatory tariffs by China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey are against global trade rules, the U.S. has filed disputes against those countries at the World Trade Organization.
AgriTalk Host Chip Flory brings in Jim Wiesemeyer to cover news from Washington, Greg Henderson and Pamela Riemenschneider cover online produce shopping, and Rhonda Brooks previews Farm Journal's Yield Tour.
Rain and low temperatures lingered longer than usual in the Pacific Northwest this spring, but cherry growers had their fingers crossed for the weather to comer right for a productive and profitable season.