Exports Ahead & Russia May Open to Poultry. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
Even though U.S. exports of agricultural products have fallen for two months in a row, they are still ahead of last year's pace according to USDA's Nora Brooks.
BROOKS: We're at $49.1 billion dollars which is up about 12% ahead of the same time last year. Wheat is down 22% in value and actually up 2% in shipments. Corn is down 11% in value although shipments are up by about 6%.
U.S. government and poultry industry officials say they have agreed to a new approach on talks to resolve a trade dispute with Russia over its ban on U.S. chicken. A memorandum the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council sent to its members late last week said USDA and USTR officials briefed USAPEEC and National Chicken Council leaders on a new development in the talks. U.S. officials are not talking, because this new approach is somewhat sensitive. The cleared advisors are not permitted to provide details at this time. However, Russian news agency Interfax quotes the head of Russia's consumer protection agency as saying U.S. poultry producers have agreed to exclude chlorine from products destined to Russia.
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That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.