I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.
More U.S. corn and soybeans continue to be sold overseas, and that has some analysts wondering if U.S. farmers will be able to keep up with the demand. A person with USDA in Beijing estimates China’s corn imports this year will come in at 22-million Metric Tons. That’s well above the USDA’s official forecast of 7-million. Their report attributes the higher number in China to depleted stocks and high domestic prices. The American Farm Bureau Federation reporting at the end of October. U.S. corn sales to China this year totaled approximately 10-point-six million metric tons.
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As the vote tallying goes on in the Presidential race, attention is turning to the Congressional races. Including who will be the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. That’s after 15-term Minnesota Democratic congressman Collin Peterson lost his race. Representatives Andrew Scott of Georgia and Jim Costa of California and Marcia Fudge of Ohio have been mentioned as new potential leaders. A split state Supreme court ruling in Washington says dairy workers there should get overtime pay if they work more than 40-hours a week.
Farmworkers have long been exempt from overtime pay due to the timeliness or seasonality required of the job. The court, however, found that unconstitutional in the dairy industry. Some dairies say this decision will increase labor costs and ultimately prompt a switch to robotic milkers.
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