Drought Intensifies and Canadian Denials
**Warmer than normal temperatures dominated the Midwest last week, and despite some thunderstorms in the High Plains, drought conditions have intensified pushing cattlemen to already begin culling herds and dipping into hay supplies.
Agweb.com reports, Kansas Farm Service Agency Executive Director David Schemm announced recently that 43 Kansas counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres that began July 16th.
Emergency haying in these counties will end August 15th, with emergency grazing authorized through September.
**Just hours after Canadian Deputy Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman stated the dismantling Canada's supply management in NAFTA renegotiations is "unacceptable", AND, that Canada has NO tariffs in the dairy sector, her comments were called "completely disingenuous and troubling for Canadian consumers."
Toronto-based Consumer Choice Center's David Clement said "The claim Canada doesn't have dairy tariffs just isn't true with an average rate on over-quota dairy products at 218.5%.
He added such statements mean Hillman is 'either lying, or ignorant' and that doing away with supply management is a no-brainer.
**The USDA began preparing for a trade war with China last fall before President Trump confronted Beijing over unfair practices or imposed tariffs on Chinese imports.
That's according to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue who says he would prefer a speedy settlement of the trade war, but "It's really up to China."
Agriculture.com reports, an estimated $1 of every $7 in farm exports is at risk in "the trade disruptions we are experiencing."