Alabama's Down To Earth Day and China Trade Cheating Restitution Act

Alabama's Down To Earth Day and China Trade Cheating Restitution Act

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

**Alabama farm and forestry groups debuted a yearlong public education campaign, Down to Earth: Agriculture Sustains Alabama, during a celebration last week in Pike Road.

At a press conference, reports, Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed March 31 Down To Earth Day.

Ivey lauded the collaborative campaign, which will showcase sustainable, high-tech and efficient techniques farmers and forest landowners have followed for decades.

**Farm state lawmakers have introduced the “China Trade Cheating Restitution Act,” a bill they say would level the playing field for U.S. farmers.

The bill would ensure the ag sectors most affected by

China’s evasion of anti-dumping duties receives an estimated $38.5 million in accrued delinquency interest on duties wrongfully withheld from 2000-2014.

The U.S. placed anti-dumping duties on Chinese producers in 2001 to protect domestic producers and condemn China's unfair actions.

**New USDA Economic Research Service data shows the U.S. dairy sector has experienced a gradual shift in milk production toward larger dairy operations.

The research indicates the shift in production from small dairy herd-size farms to large dairy herd-size farms mirrors total factor productivity, or TFP, growth across the dairy sector.

Between 2000 and 2016, the largest dairy operations experienced a TFP growth rate of 2.993% per year, while the smallest operations increased at an annual rate of 0.6395%.

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