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Montana Ag Network: Tariff rates, Lamb Summit

Posted at 9:51 AM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-11 11:51:01-04

The U.S. Trade Representative moved forward Friday with increasing the tariff rate from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Some farmers across the country are concerned by the actions taken by President Trump and his Administration.

The National Association of Wheat Growers, the American Soybean Association, and the National Corn Growers Association were expecting a deal by March 1 before farmers went back into the fields, but Friday saw an escalation of the trade war instead.

The three commodities represent around 171 million acres of farmland in the United States.

The first ever Lamb Summit, sponsored by the American Lamb Board and Premier 1 Supplies, will address critical strategies to improve our industry’s product competitiveness and profitability.

The two-day program is August 27-28, 2019, in Fort Collins, CO.

The inaugural American Lamb Summit covers a vast amount of new knowledge that is all coming together to improve the opportunities for the US sheep industry. In fact, producers, feeders and processors were instrumental in research that led to this knowledge through its national checkoff.

Space is limited and for more information and to register, visit

An official manual for the Beef Quality Assurance program is now being distributed nationwide.

The 124-page manual addresses topics such as food safety, animal well-being, worker safety and environmental stewardship. It provides specific information to help producers approach management decisions in a way that acknowledges a responsibility to the animals, consumers, the environment and the larger beef industry.

A helpful resource for cattle producers and others in the industry, it is the foundation for training and certification programs offered nationally and by many states.

To view the new BQA manual or become BQA certified visit

The National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest is underway and farmers have from today thru July 31st to enter.

This year marks the 55th year for the contest that began with 20 entries from four states. Last year 7,258 entries from 46 states made NCYC the premier event of its kind in the nation.

A farmer must have an NCGA membership number to have an entry in the contest which can only be obtained from NCGA.

Winners will receive national recognition in publications, such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies.

You can find both entry and harvest rules on the National Corn Yield Contest website.

-Reported by Russell Nemetz/MTN News