The USDA’s Economic Research Service on Thursday lowered its forecast for U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year 2024 to $169.5 billion. That’s down $2.5 billion from USDA’s previous forecast in August and down $9.2 billion from exports in FY 2023.
Brazil, a country that produces 42% of the world’s soybeans and 12% of its corn, is intrinsic to global food production, but all of that hinges on the South American nation’s ability to bring in billions of dollars’ worth of fertilizer from thousands of miles away. It’s a situation that Matt Simpson, CEO of the company Brazil Potash, said he wants to help change.
Grower groups cheered when a federal appeals court ruled last week that EPA’s decision to revoke all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos ran afoul of the law. But they also know that the court ruling does not mean that renewed access to the insecticide is guaranteed.
Lawmakers are looking at boosting subsidies for supplemental, area-based crop insurance policies to induce growers to buy higher levels of coverage, which could potentially reduce the demand from farm groups for ad hoc disaster assistance.
China’s approval of a whopping 51 new genetically modified varieties of corn and soybeans for planting on Chinese fields is a major development in the country’s changing stance on its acceptance of the technology.
China says it is ready to join the plant biotechnology revolution, opening its fields to the widespread cultivation of genetically modified soybean and corn crops in an effort to bolster domestic production, but it’s unclear if the transformation will benefit U.S. exports.