USDA $3.1-billion Rural Electrical and U.S.-U.K. 5th Round Trade Talks

USDA $3.1-billion Rural Electrical and U.S.-U.K. 5th Round Trade Talks

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the USDA is investing an additional $3.1-billion to build or improve rural electric infrastructure across half the country, highlighting a record level of funding for fiscal year 2020.

According to, USDA will invest in 53 projects through the Electric Loan Program. This funding

will benefit 1.4 million rural residents and businesses across 25 states, that include Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, and Georgia.

**Cow’s milk leads in sales of organic products from California farms.

A new study from the University of California names milk, strawberries, carrots and grapes as the state’s top organic products.

The report says California farmers produce more than 360 organic crops and commodities, with sales of more than $3 billion.

San Diego County has the most organic farmers in the state and Kern County leads in organic farm revenue.

**Last week, the U.S. and U.K. began their fifth round of trade talks in the hopes of soon completing a deal.

British Trade Minister Liz Truss says “we’re intensifying negotiations, so we’re in a good position to move forward after the U.S. election.”

She says these things take time, but we are making great headway and we’ve got 30-some groups negotiating and negotiating bitterly right now.

In October 2018, the Trump administration first announced its intention to negotiate a trade agreement with the U.K.

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