Panda Beans – Chinese State Companies Purchase 5 Million Metric Tons of Soybeans….

After a round of trade discussions with the Trump administration, China has decided to emphasize the panda face.  It must be noted, as we review this decision, the second largest exporter of soybeans is Brazil…. that would be the same Brazil that just elected another economic nationalist, Jair Bolsonaro.

The U.S. is the #1 exporter with harvests exceeding 108 million metric tons. Brazil just happens to be the worlds #2 exporter, with harvests exceeding 86 million metric tons.

Imagine what could happen if nationalist President Trump and nationalist Jair Bolsonaro had a phone call and actually coordinated a unified and nationalist trade position toward China?  {{{nudge, nudge – wink, wink – say no more, say no more}}}  Wait… wha?

According to multiple media reports, Beijing is agreeing to an initial purchase of 5 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans as a show of good faith:

WASHINGTON – China has agreed to resume purchases of U.S. soybeans following talks Thursday between President Trump and Beijing’s top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He. It will start off by purchasing 5 million metric tons.

“Five million tons of soybeans per day,” Trump told reporters at a Oval Office meeting with Liu. “That’s going to make our farmers very happy. That’s a lot of soybeans.”

The administration had few other specific concessions to report following the meeting but claimed that it had made significant progress toward an eventual deal.

China had cut back its purchases of soybeans back in July, with the number reaching zero in November, but restarted its purchases in December following a cooling-down of the trade war by both sides. Reuters reported that China ultimately purchased 23 million tons in 2018.

The administration also announced that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be traveling to China early next month to follow up on the talks.  (read more)

Well played Mr. President…. well played !!

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Brilliant strategery.

Way too funny !

Now it’s time for President Trump to pour the vociferous praise upon Chairman Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Liu He who made a decision based on an economic landscape without any options; and not a single media pundit could ever put two+two together.

This administration is epic !

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119 Responses to Panda Beans – Chinese State Companies Purchase 5 Million Metric Tons of Soybeans….

  1. mikebrezzze says:

    That’s alotta Tofu!

    Liked by 6 people

  2. sunnydaze says:

    It’s a win- win. EXACTLY what should have been happening all these decades with China….WIN-WIN.

    Not this suicidal “China Wins- U.S. Loses” crap that every other American President went for.

    Liked by 15 people

    • sunnydaze says:

      And this is *major* reason why Trump needs to be re-elected in 2020. Cuz I do not trust any other Admin. to stick with the Win-Win program, considering the train wreck performance of ALL of them since the 80’s.

      This needs to become the norm as far as our trade with China, and 4 years ain’t gonna do it.

      Liked by 24 people

      • Exactly!]

        Nothing short of reelection will keep the Chinese Kickbacks from reversing Trump’s Trade Deal.

        Liked by 7 people

        • sunnydaze says:

          Eight years *might* be enough time to get China on a more realistic, even footing w/ the rest of the world. Or at least on the *path* to do that.

          Really, for China’s own good, China needs to do that.

          Liked by 3 people

      • Old Codger says:

        Can we hear several loud rounds of BOOOs for the Bush Crime Family Administrations: HW (’41) and W (’43) ???

        Too many here hold the Bushies in rapt veneration as “patriots” and solid Repubs when they are merely thieves and scoundrels feathering their own nest!

        Liked by 4 people

        • Dutchman says:

          Well, they are in indeed ‘solid Republicans; theiving scoundrels feathering their own nests. But “patriots”; not so much.

          I was done with them, when they did that whole “brother from another mother” schtick with bubba.

          Knowing what we know,about the Clantons, how could anyone embrace them like the Bushes did, unless they were just as souless?

          Liked by 5 people

        • G. Combs says:

          Who ‘WE?’ I never liked Bush, Shrub or Twig — Globalist ALL.

          Bush started WTO and NAFTA. When he could not get it through Congress, it got handed off to Clinton. Shades of the Federal Reserve aka the Aldrich(R) bill. That also started with a ReBooblican and got handed to a DemonRat after it failed the first time.

          Liked by 2 people

      • Xbonesny says:

        Imagine if Hillary was POTUS now? China would own ALL of our military secrets as well as ALL intellectual property, and the Clinton Foundation would be worth well over a Trillion Dollars

        Liked by 2 people

    • davidb says:

      this is the first president since R Reagan that doesn’t bluff. Piglosi will soon find this out. “Look, a squirrel” while the wall is being built with the 20B through the army corp of engineers. San Diego should be done by Christmas, and large sections in NM are going up right now.

      Liked by 14 people

      • swampratterrier says:

        LOOK NANCY!

        DENTURE GRIP!!!!!!

        OVER THERE!!!!

        NO. Over there now.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Fools Gold says:

        No we’ve never had an honest broker running the show as smart as this one.,best honest broker ever. Say what you mean and do what you say…

        Liked by 6 people

      • Alfred Barnes says:

        Since Reagan? You better check your history books, during his administration, he expanded the national debt 2.5 times and began reinterpreting Glass-Stegall put into place after the first great depression culminating with repeal under Clinton, leading us the global financial crisis of 2008. Carter is the last best POTUS this country has had, with each successive POTUS progressively worse, until Trump. I’m not putting up with this pro RR carp.

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        • G. Combs says:

          Reagan also sold out our AMERICAN OWNED — NO DEBT corporations to the globalists via Hostile Takeover and Leverage Buyouts.

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        • railer says:

          Reagan’s 1986 tax bill and changes to the Savings and Loan Credit Unions also brought on the Savings and Loan crisis, hundreds of billions of bailouts required, a precursor to the 2008 bailouts.

          Then there’s the preemptive invasion of Grenada, Iran-Contra and the other neocon nonsense.

          Plus he made Bush his VP, his biggest mistake.

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        • RKEESX says:

          CARTER, YOU SAY??? IDIOT. WERE YOU EVEN ALIVE WHEN CARTER WAS PRESIDENT?

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    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      Trading with China is trading with the enemy. All of the U.S. dollars China receives from exports to the U.S.A. grow the Chinese Communist Party.
      China has moved further away from Democracy with greater wealth.
      Better to draw the line now, while they are limited to making rash statements, than let them grow further on the backs of the U.S. worker and taxpayer, and when their Trojan Horse policy cannot be unwound.

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  3. Fools Gold says:

    And for those of you who question capabilities to meet quotas farmers never turn over their crops unless it’s a total loss. they store them safely in round bins.

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  4. belle819 says:

    I love the way President Trump gives every side a way to come out of a dispute as equal.

    Liked by 12 people

  5. treehouseron says:

    I always watch “RFDTV” because it’s very supportive of President Trump (even though I’m not a farmer)…. I set the t.v. to boot up to that channel because I don’t want to watch channels I don’t support.

    Anyways, I noticed last week that they were talking about how the EU has been buying a ton of Soybeans lately, and the farmers are very very happy.

    However, i already knew that because President Trump cleared that with Junker several months ago when he flew to the White House.

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    • treehouseron says:

      Here’s the news article, check this out. The EU approved using Soybeans to make fuel out of… and is buying them from the U.S.

      THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP!

      https://www.agweb.com/article/european-union-to-purchase-us-soybeans-for-biofuel-production/

      Liked by 15 people

      • sunnydaze says:

        Awesome!

        Liked by 5 people

      • GREAT contribution, Ron!

        Implication: This deal with the EU will TERMINATE China’s ability to delay their Soybean purchases to put our farmers in a Discount-or-Die bind at the end of their harvests.
        • The EU will simply DISPLACE China as buyer and convert the soybeans to fuel.
        • China will then have to massively slaughter their hogs for lack of feed.
        • We then get to charge a YUGE premium for pork exports to China.

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        • treehouseron says:

          This farming ag stuff is hard to understand but like you mentioned it’s all connected together. The farmers of course have a good grasp on it, that’s one reason they support the President so much. They know he’s doing the right thing for them.

          President Trump’s no farmer but his brilliance as a leader is he listens to the competent people he puts around himself. He’s getting good Farming advice from somewhere (Perdue?) . Hell I think last week at his farming speech he said that if he doesn’t understand something Sonny explains it to him!

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        • piper567 says:

          BKR…sweet: winning.

          Liked by 3 people

        • G. Combs says:

          “• We then get to charge a YUGE premium for pork exports to China.”

          China ALREADY BOUGHT our hog farms, lock stock and barrel…

          2/22/2016 China Is Making a Major Play for American Farms and Farmland
          Companies backed by the Chinese government are making Big Ag acquisitions in the U.S.

          […]Instead of buying food from farmers who work their own land, some foreign buyers want to own and operate these American farms themselves—as well as the livestock barns and slaughterhouses. Between the 2013 purchase of pork processor Smithfield by a Chinese holding company and ChemChina’s pending $43 billion offer for the agrichemical company Syngenta, the world’s most populous country is making a major play to buy the proverbial American farm—and U.S. politicians are lending a helping hand.

          On Feb. 11, Nebraska’s Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed L.B. 176 into law, reversing a 1999 law that prevented meatpackers from owning livestock for more than five days prior to slaughter. Pork processors like Smithfield, which owns a plant employing more than 2,000 in Crete, Nebraska, will soon be able to vertically integrate their operations. Instead of buying hogs from numerous independent farmers, farmers will contract with processors like Smithfield for the privilege of selling their pork.

          It’s a big concern for farmers who worry the pork industry will be swallowed up by contract farming, like the chicken industry. This is one area where pork producers don’t want to be “the other white meat.” Chicken “growers” are paid to raise the birds on their land as well as pay for expensive poultry houses, labor, and maintenance. But it’s the major poultry companies who own the chickens—as well as the hatcheries, slaughterhouses, and feed.[…]”

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      • Old Codger says:

        Soybeans are like donuts: Is there anything they CAN’T do??? (Other than make millenials more masculine…)

        Liked by 2 people

    • Fools Gold says:

      I have 3 nephews in the farming business. They do a combine 1.5 million acres of farm land and excuvator work for drainage. I check in with them from time to time to see what’s up. Best folks you ever met and ain’t got nuthin bad to say about this POTUS. If you hear otherwise from a farmer you’re a lying sack of Adam.

      Liked by 11 people

  6. Tiffthis says:

    Lonely panda 🐼

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Eric says:

    Win-win because now we can turn Chinese men into a bunch of soy boys.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. joebkonobi says:

    I just wish one former President would come out and say “He’s doing things we never dreamed of”!

    Liked by 15 people

    • guest4ever says:

      ROFLOL!!! Don’t hold your breath!!! Not one of them is in his league!!! We are so genuinely blessed by God to have VSGDJT. And we ALL have a lot of work to do to get this country back on track, with God’s help!!!

      Liked by 7 people

    • Fools Gold says:

      That’s like saying “look at us, we are the crooks who f’d the country side up” on purpose….

      Liked by 2 people

    • treehouseron says:

      Jimmy Carter, at times, has came close to saying it. He probably won’t but I think out of all the former Presidents still alive, I respect him the most. It may just be because he’s the farthest out of office, but regardless he’s been pretty straight up the last year or so.

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      • Fools Gold says:

        Bush jr. Topped it all off and is the prick who offloaded all of our factory jobs with NAFATa and Chinese relations. Personally witnessed it. He’s a Sombitch just like his father. Jimmy carter was just a big dumb ass with a liberal peanut in his ass.

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  9. Reposted from yesterday’s thread
    … I’m taking a Victory Lap, Sundance!
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    CHINA TRADE-TALKS – Soybean Purchase Commitment:

    China will buy “Five million tons of soybeans. Per day.”

    That’s like 1 MILLION DUMP TRUCK LOADS … EVERY DAY!
    =====
    WHOA: Soybean Deliveries won’t last more than 3 weeks
    … Which would consume our entire national production: 108 million metric-tons
    … with nothing left for domestic use and consumption!

    Top 5 Global Countries only produce 270 Million Metric Tons:

    https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/world-leaders-in-soya-soybean-production-by-country.html

    [NOTE: Notwithstanding the Deputy Premier’s “Per day” comment, China was ONLY committing to a one-time purchase of 5 Million Tons.]
    =====
    RUH-ROH: A USA-Brazil Bilateral Trade Deal might
    … Jointly cut Export Deals for our Combined 195 Million-Ton Soybean Production
    … equal to 70% of the top-5 Country Production
    … or 16 TIMES #4 China’s Production.

    [Sooo, did China really have a CHOICE?]

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  10. guest4ever says:

    “This administration is epic!” I agree Sundance!! So is our VSGPDJT!!! God bless, guide, and protect him!!!

    Liked by 6 people

  11. oncefired says:

    Pork is the major staple food in China, most of the soybeans they purchase are actually fed to pigs. I am by far no expert on pigs. While they were trying to stick it to our farmers and in turn PDT. They imported crops from other third world countries figuring they could feed them other things while freezing the US out. Long story short – not sure if any connection was made, but they had major disease spread throughout China and kill off a large percentage of their pigs, so a massive scramble to import pork was under way (as everyone probably knows, they own Smithfeild here in the US). They basically have to start from scratch on their pig farms, so I don’t think they will experiment with what they feed the pigs anymore. Brazil’s crop is harvested earlier then the US and what they import is not enough, so they have to import US soybeans. This whole debacle could have forced them to the table much quicker. Communists Countries is all about control of the population, worse case scenario for Leaders is to have a population of 1.2 billion people starving.

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    • Fools Gold says:

      Had a cousin who was s commercial pig farmer in the 70’s who sold thru their broker. In those deals you feed Hogg’s exactly to broker/buyer specs. Smithfield is no different. Do you think those peg farmers are gonna import feed over the ocean? No it’s grown locally per broker/buyer specs..

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  12. fred5678 says:

    Now with increased soy exports, domestic price went up a tad.

    Hardest hit — American soy boys.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Well, it seems very clear to me that Trump has an incredible grasp of the complexity and scope of China-US trade. Those suggesting he did not have what it took to be president will be crying in their milk when this MAGA deal is done. Truly a multi-talented President!

    Liked by 5 people

    • treehouseron says:

      Yeah and he’s got some real ringers with Navarro Mnuchin and Ross….

      Liked by 4 people

      • Fools Gold says:

        No, he hired them smart great patriotic wolverines to do exactly what he demanded of them and I’m giving POTUS all the credit for his MAGA agenda and leadership. I do love the wolverines tho! 🍻

        Liked by 4 people

    • Old Codger says:

      TRUMP learned more real politics doing his first real estate project in NYC (with his money on the line!!!) than the entire bunch of pimp-weasel US senators learn in a lifetime of “scratch my back,I’ll scratch yours'” DC politics!

      Liked by 9 people

      • Fools Gold says:

        Yes Trump had a billion dollar business he created and was responsible for. He managed his business legally and did his employees right and recruited talent just like his cabinet staff. He is also ethical and moral about it. I guess I’m prejudiced because he’s in my generation and seen it all unfold. Ever seen any of those types congress? All i have to do to recognize Crooked dumbass congressmen is to listen and watch them speak on topics they don’t know Adam Schiff about.

        Liked by 5 people

    • Dutchman says:

      He’s showing his predecessors up, as he is all over TRADE, whereas they didn’t know schiff about it, and just,went along with whatever the CoC told them.

      Liked by 2 people

  14. snailmailtrucker says:

    The Art of The Deal !

    Liked by 1 person

  15. G. Combs says:

    treehouseron, Farmers figured out the US government was our enemy when they tried to shove ‘Animal ID’ down our throats and when that did not work passed the Food Safety Modernization Act that gave control of regulating US farms to the WTO/UN

    SEE: History, HACCP and the Food Safety Con Job

    HACCP
    I did the stats. for the 3 years before and after HACCP went into effect. RESULT? Food borne illness in the USA TRIPLED!

    According to John Munsell, Manager, Foundation for Accountability in Regulatory Enforcement (FARE), when USDA “officials initially described HACCP to the industry in the mid-90’s, the agency made the following enticing promises:
    ♦️ “Under HACCP, the agency will implement a ‘Hands Off’ role in meat inspection.

    ♦️ “Under HACCP, the agency will no longer police the industry, but the industry will police itself.

    ♦️ “Under HACCP, the agency will disband its previous command and control authority.

    ♦️ “Under HACCP, each plant will write its own HACCP Plan, and the agency cannot tell plants what must be in their HACCP Plans.”

    As a result, the plant operator was required to identify potential hazards and the critical points in the process where those hazards could come into play. The plan would then identify procedures that would be used to minimize the hazard risk at those control points. The plant would be responsible for the implementation of the plan.

    As a result, the inspector was no longer responsible for what was happening on the plant floor: that was left to company personnel. The new role of the inspector was to make sure that plant personnel were carrying out their duties in a manner consistent with the HACCP plan. In many cases this amounted to making sure that all of the paper work was in the proper order.
    h ttp://www.agpolicy.org/weekcol/467.html

    ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️
    ” The Socialist Revolution in the US cannot take place because there are too many small independent farmers there. Those people are the stability factor. We here in Russia must hurry while our government is stupid enough to not encourage and support the independent farmership.” ~ V. Lenin, the founder of the Russian revolution

    1921 “Food is a weapon” ~ Maxim Litvinov, Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs
    1932 to 1937 “The Collective Farm Policy was a terrible struggle, Ten million died. It was fearful.” ~ Joseph Stalin http://www.faminegenocide.com/resources/quotes.html

    1934, “[Our] future is becoming visible in Russia.” ~ Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford Tugwell http://www.archive.org/stream/rednetworkwhoswh00dillrich/rednetworkwhoswh00dillrich_djvu.txt

    September 1995 “Food is power. We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery. We do not apologize.” ~ Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. Stated at the UN’s 4th World Conference on Women: Beijing, China.
    h ttp://ngin.tripod.com/280702c.htm
    ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

    CONTINUED:

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    • G. Combs says:

      SHORT HISTORY ( I have pages and pages of notes like this)
      (URLs are old and likely removed by the internet gods)

      1961 PVP is the Plant Variety Protection:
      The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants: Gave seed companies a monopoly on only the commercial multiplication and the marketing of seeds. Farmers remained free to save seed from their own harvest to plant in the following year, and other breeders could freely use any variety, protected or not, to develop a new one.
      h ttp://www.patentlens.net/daisy/KeyOrgs/1236/428.html

      1980 the Supreme Court decision in Diamond v. Chakrabarthy, 447 U.S. 303 enabled living organisms to be patented
      h ttp://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Wisconsin_Lawyer&template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&contentid=49620

      1991 PVP monopoly has applied to seed multiplication and also to the harvest and sometimes the final product as well. Previously unlimited right of farmers to save seed for the following year’s planting has been changed into an optional exception. Only if national government allows, can farm-saved seed still be used, and a royalty has to be paid to the seed company even for seeds grown on-farm.
      h ttp://www.grain.org/seedling_files/smar2002.pdf

      1993 Published: International HACCP guidelines developed by the Codex Alimentarius, a joint Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)and the World Health Organization (WHO). revised in 1997.
      h ttp://www.fao.org/DOCREP/005/Y1579E/y1579e03.htm

      1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
      h ttp://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/agecon/trade/nine.html

      1995 World Trade Organization (WTO) formed.
      Former Cargill Vice-President, Dan Amstutz, drafts the original text of the Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture.
      h ttp://www.zmag.org/zspace/commentaries/1711

      “Measures to trace animals…to provide assurances on…safety ..have been incorporated into international standards… The Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures…Aims to ensure that governments DO NOT USE QUARANTINE AND FOOD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS as Unjustified trade barriers… It provides Member countries with a right to implement traceability {NAIS} as an SPS measure.”
      h ttp://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/sps_e/spsund_e.htm

      “Development of risk-based systems has been heavily influenced by the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures ” OIE report Oct 2008
      h ttp://www.oie.int/eng/normes/mcode/en_chapitre_1.6.1.htm

      Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) introduction of intellectual property rules on plants, animals and seeds under WTO’s Agreement “could damage the livelihoods of these 1.4 billion farmers worldwide and undermine food sovereignty and food security ” Joint Communication from the African Group to the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (2003) h ttp://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5714e/y5714e07.htm

      September, 1995, USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service presented a 600-page document Farm-To-Table – control of every step in the food chain from production to home preparation.
      h ttp://haccpalliance.org/sub/news/AAMPReport.pdf

      July 1996 Major re-structuring of USDA food policies: Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems rule,
      h ttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/Oa/background/bkbeyond.htm

      Senate – March 28, 2000 “Freedom to Farm” becomes “freedom to fail” The bill has made sweeping changes in agriculture–it has produced one of the worst economic crises that rural American has ever experienced. tens of thousands of farm families are in jeopardy of losing their livelihoods and life savings. (Bill draft was also written by Dan Amstutz)
      h ttp://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r106:S28MR0-0011:

      July 2000, USDA officials claimed in court hearing that, “The farmers have no rights. No right to be heard before the court, no right to independent testing, and no right to question the USDA.” — Linda Faillace: Mad sheep
      h ttp://www.vtcommons.org/journal/2006/10/linda-faillace-mad-sheep-vermont-farm-family-challenges-national-animal-identificati

      July 26, 2002: Report Finds Fundamental Flaws in WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy report argues that the Agreement on Agriculture fails to account for agri-business’ monopoly over global agricultural trade.
      h ttp://www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/891.html

      2002, the National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) began a major push for NAIS (animal traceability).
      h ttp://www.jimhightower.com/node/5752

      2002 Effect of policies on farmers in USA and Mexico:

      Between 1995 and 2000, the prices US farmers receive for corn declined 33 percent, 42 percent for wheat, and 34 percent for soybeans. No wonder that since NAFTA went into effect 33,000 small farmers in the US have gone out of business— more than six times the pre-NAFTA rate. In Mexico, the price farmers receive for corn has plummeted 45 percent At least 1.5 million farmers have left their land. 900,000 people leave Mexico’s land every year, a U.N. program says. According to a study by Jose Romero and Alicia Puyana carried out for the federal government of Mexico, between 1992 and 2002, the number of agricultural households fell an astounding 75% – from 2.3 million to 575, 000
      h ttp://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/ftaa/topten.html

      FAO is supporting harmonization of seed rules and regulations in Africa and Central Asia in order to stimulate the development of a vibrant seed industry

      …An effective seed regulation harmonization process involves dialogue amongst all relevant stakeholders from both private and public sectors. Seed quality assurance, variety release, plant variety protection, biosafety, plant quarantine and phytosanitary issues are among the major technical areas of a regional harmonized seed system. The key to a successful seed regulation harmonization is a strong political will of the governments involved
      h ttp://www.fao.org/ag/portal/archive/detail/en/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=5730&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1886&cHash=7f04326e35

      In the EU, there is now a list of ‘official’ vegetable varieties.

      Seed that is not on the list cannot be ‘sold’ to the ‘public’ To keep something on the list costs thousands of pounds each year…Hundreds of thousands of old heirloom varieties (the results of about eleven thousand years of plant breeding by our ancestors) are being lost forever, due to some rather poorly drafted EU legislation.
      h ttp://www.realseeds.co.uk/terms.html
      h ttp://www.euroseeds.org/pdf/ESA_03.0050.1.pdf”

      Farmer suicides in India:</b.

      Now the full toll—surely among the largest sustained waves of suicides in human history—is becoming apparent. And as Sainath emphasizes, these numbers still underestimate the disaster, since women farmers are excluded from the official statistics… It is important that the figure of 150,000 farm suicides is a bottom line estimate…. As Professor Nagaraj puts it: “There is likely to be a serious underestimation of suicides…what has driven the huge increase in farm suicides, particularly in the Big Four or ’Suicide SEZ’ States? “Overall,” says Professor Nagaraj, “there exists since the mid-90s, an acute agrarian crisis. That’s across the country. In the Big Four and some other states, specific factors compound the problem…. Cultivation costs have shot up in these high input zones, with some inputs seeing cost hikes of several hundred per cent… Meanwhile, prices have crashed, as in the case of cotton, due to massive U.S.-EU subsidies to their growers. All due to price rigging with the tightening grip of large corporations over the trade in agricultural commodities.”
      h ttp://alternatives-international.net/article1394.html
      h ttp://www.counterpunch.org/sainath02122009.html

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>
      Most farmers are aware of at least some of this. That is why we were so glad to see President Trump!

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  16. zozz1 says:

    The MSM, Never-Trump media, and other media types who yammer on inanely about Trump need to pause, take an honest look at the big picture (as Sundance does), and begin to put out some honest and comprehensive analyses so that Americans of every stripe can begin to understand the scope and complexity of the strategy that Trump is executing. Trump understands “economic ecology”, if I might call it that. He grasps the connectedness, economically, of the world, and he understands where the strong and weak links are. He can thus exploit those links and can exert pressure when and where needed. No shots fired. In the long run, it is crucial that Americans begin to understand the importance of this moment…this opportunity to, in effect, re-order the world, and to cement America’s supreme place in it. I believe that Trump is demonstrating, day by day, that he is the most competent and brilliant president this country has seen in many, many decades. If the Forces of Darkness, Hate, and Ignorance defeat him, it will be America’s greatest tragedy. Americans must rally to support overwhelmingly this singular man. “His like will not soon pass this way again.”

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  17. Time we do away with paying American farmers subsidies to grow corn we burn up in our gas tanks. Ethanol subsidies should be eliminated.

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  18. Gary Lacey says:

    Apparently China has a glaring weakness, it can’t feed its people, this is a real problem for a country who wants to dominate the world, much less Taiwan.
    This is why America is the power it is in the world, GOD has blessed us

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  19. peddiebill says:

    Why can’t the US see that the real economic worry is the vast increase in debt – which Mr Trump promised was going to disappear in his term in office. When he made the promise the debt had increased to a very worrying 19 trillion dollars. It is now increased more than two trillion dollars. POTUS says the US economy is in great shape! Look up the US Debt clock and get back to me!!! If you ran your household by increasing well-being by borrowing it only works until the lender chooses to get you to pay. And who is that lender? Economics 101 says a good part of the debt is to China …do your homework!

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    • G. Combs says:

      PRESIDENT Trump gave Congress a balanced budget. THEY refused to pass it and continued the Porkulous Continuing Resolutions. They also PROMISED funding for the wall. (And gave President Trump the funding to repair our military)

      Now with a DEMOCRAT HOUSE President Trump can close down the government until he gets his balalnced budget.

      This might cheer you up: https://www.voat.co/v/QRV/3003729

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    • Gary Lacey says:

      At some point in your life you are going to have to realize the national debt is never going to be paid back, just the facts.
      What happens when it finally crashes, who knows?

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      • G. Combs says:

        You sell as much debt as possible to China and then you renege.

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      • Jake says:

        I have felt for a long time that Act II of the Trump Presidency will be reduction of the national debt. He has dramatically increased revenue with the Tax Law and the resultant economy which now has dividends increasing and pundits are backtracking on the projection of a weaker economy in 2019. Our 2018 GDP will be over 3. Pretty confident 2019 will be pushing 4 or better. The problem is spending. The President knows how to bring spending back in line.

        Anyone who has ever dieted or worked out to get back in shape understands it is painful. Reducing spending will be painful because there will be losers especially on the left but also some on the right. In his second term he will not be worrying about reelection so Katie bar the door, it’s going to be interesting. He will attack spending and coupled with the trade deals, peace breaking out (peace dividend) and generally reduction federal government spending of all stripes, you will see the deficit drop dramatically.

        I believe that’s his plan. We are bleeding money in plenty of places so it’s a target rich environment. Trillions of dollars are at stake so the pushback will be horrendous. Oh, and RBG is dead….

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    • 4EDouglas says:

      As said above China is over a barrel .You cannot be superpower and not feed your own, or for that matter, fuel your own , for too many years the globalists have made the US weak. China knows she doesn’t dare call in her chips.
      Her weakness is there to see.
      The debt is a problem but PJDT is on his way to handling this, too by growing our economy…

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  20. Kleen says:

    The 2 biggest food producers teaming up.

    That’s a powerful aliance.

    Brazil is #1 meat producer in the world

    I’m praying that Venezuela does get rid of their Marxist dictator and become another Nationalist friend

    Venezuela can be one the biggest oil producers in the world. Some people claim they are sitting on top of the biggest oil reserve in the world.

    I’m aslso Hopeful that Canada snaps out of their SJW bs and elect Nationalist lidership .

    Can you imagine????

    US, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina… all working together against Marxism/globalism??? (China’s dominance)

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  21. Kermit says:

    I remember saying, quite some time ago on this forum, that the way the American farmer wins is to convince China that it *WANTS* to buy more of what we produce. (I’m a farmer.) We need to quit sending hundreds of billions of dollars over there – every year – for them to invest in South America and now Africa – to compete with us. Our own money has been used to hurt us. We know why, of course. It has been a combination of incompetence and corruption.

    I still fear that President Trump is probably going to be a bump in the road for the traitorous globalists, but it is finally great to see someone in office who is trying his best to not sell our future to a country that is eager to take our place.

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  22. DeAnna Vaughn says:

    Hubby and I raise cattle in Kansas and we LOVE POTUS! The only thing we wish he would bring back is Country of Origin Labeling for meat products. Consumers can’t buy American grown beef , pork or chicken if they don’t know where it came from! Much of the beef you buy at Walmart and other big box chain stores is imported from Brazil or Australia. Buyers deserve to know that.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “Consumers can’t buy American grown beef , pork or chicken if they don’t know where it came from! “

      That is why I have a FREEZER! Around here it is easy to buy a 1/2 steer or even a quarter steer. Cindy, the wife of a local farmer, used to sell grassfed beef at the local farmers markets.

      I also grow my own goat and 2 yr old lamb ( hogget) Now that we have a cattle farmer across the street, I can probably buy a live 2 yr old ‘young beef’ to put in the freezer.

      For the City folks there are cooperatives.

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    • G. Combs says:

      DeAnna Vaughn,

      From my research in 2007/8
      in 1000 lb carcass wt —-Imports of 2007—Exports
      beef/veal ——————-3,052,164——-1,433,964
      live cattle——————- 2,494,965———66,383
      pork carcass——————968,438——-3,141,181
      Hog.———————–10,004,348 ——- 136,816
      Lamb————————–159,271———–1,288
      mutton————————–43,376 ——– 8,138
      Brioler———————- 5,903,997
      other chicken————— 167,201
      turkey————————–546,522
      egg (1000 dozen)———-388759
      http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/MeatTrade/LivestockMeatYearly.htm
      …………

      Total American Beef — live Cattle–exports (Carcass wt. 1,000#)
      2004———————– 460,314—————–15,721
      2008 ———————–1,888,226——–107,492

      ….
      Beef and veal imports (Carcass wt. 1,000 pounds)
      Country—–2004—–2008——–diseases
      Uruguay- 402,898– 65,549 — 2001 FMD outbreak
      ….

      Brazil— 219,393— 212,907 — 2005 FMD outbreak,
      Vesicular stomatitis, Bluetongue (now found in USA)
      Lymphatic filariasis, Leishmaniasis,
      Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), Trypanosoma cruzi,
      ….

      Argentina— 116,606— 55,966 — 2008 FMD outbreak
      ….

      Nicaragua— 65,397— 99,384 — Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease),
      leptospirosis
      ….

      Costa Rica —23,632 — 19,239 — rabies, Naegleria fowler,
      Encephalitis, vesicular stomatitis viruses, Leptospirosis,
      Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease)
      ….

      Mexico — 19,495 — 43,783 — tuberculosis, brucellosis
      “cattle tick fever,” Trypanosoma cruz, Vesicular stomatitis
      ….

      Canada — 1,062,420 — 841,242 — tuberculosis, BSE
      …..

      Panama (now listed as other) — Trypanosomiasis
      (Chagas disease), Vesicular stomatitis
      …..

      FMD highly contagious in human lungs (several days) and tonsils (several weeks) http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=127935

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  23. Doc Moore says:

    In case no one noticed, there is a rather large difference between 5 million tons, and 5 million tons PER DAY. And the FOX journalist claims only 1 million but everyone keeps saying 5 million tons. Is FOXNEWS really as incompetent as, say, WaPo, NYT, CNN, MSNBC? Look, we EXPECT the media to lie about everything. That’s a given. But, It would be nice if they could at least decide what the facts are before they begin lying about them.

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  24. jbrickley says:

    Once China’s trade relations are fully reset to equalized fair trade levels. Other countries will demand similar deals. If they are smart.

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  25. Harlan says:

    LOVE that campaign photo. DJT is going, “Now, THIS guy…!”

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