Stock markets slide amid U.S.-China trade uncertainty

Stock market volatility picked up last week with a further hike for U.S. tariffs on Chinese products. The Trump administration accused China of reneging on several areas previously negotiated, and tensions escalated further between the two countries. The current understanding is that imports already [...]

African swine fever: Hogs, China, & trade

One of the hottest current topics in agricultural markets is African swine fever, a virus ravaging the Chinese hog industry. Market concerns abound, from whether the virus can spread to other regions globally (such as the U.S.) to its potential impact on pork production [...]

Demand for nutritious beverages on the rise in China

In a recent report, USDA found urban Chinese consumers are eating and drinking healthier than in previous years, emphasizing “eating well” over “eating full.” This mindset, along with a need for convenient nutrition, has led to growth in China’s beverage industry. In fact, profit [...]

U.S. potato starch imports start strong in 2019

After importing a record 116,016 MT of potato starch in 2018, the U.S. imported over 14,500 MT in January of this year, up 37 percent from January 2018. Shipments dropped off sharply in February, but the trend higher seems likely to continue in 2019. [...]

Trade obstacles persist for U.S. pork

Last Thursday, Apr. 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its report on the impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ratification of the free-trade agreement (FTA) could improve the situation for U.S. pork exports, which have seen a sharp drop this past [...]

Apple juice imports rose ahead of tariff

The 2018/19 marketing year started on a good note for apple juice imports. The U.S. took in 48.9 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons, up 74 percent from July and up 7 percent from August 2017. Apple juice imports had declined for most of 2017/18 in [...]

India sugar subsidies & policies find controversy, criticism

With Brazil crushing most of its cane for ethanol this season, India is slated to be the world’s top sugar producer for the 2018/19 season. And with a lack of fresh fundamentals of any significance, news from India can move the world sugar market, [...]

Brazilian farmers rush to plant soybeans

As China buys virtually all Brazil’s soybeans, farmers are rushing to plant the 2018/19 crop. Planting pace is ahead of usual at 29 percent planted as of Oct. 1, compared to 16 percent a year prior. A crop planted earlier is usually harvested earlier, [...]