Where is US ag policy headed? I guess that’s the question of the day….or more accurately, that’s the question that’s been asked since 2010. Where is US ag policy headed? We’ve had some bi-polar insights into that direction with initiatives like MCOOL, which, from what we’ve seen and heard, do not have majority industry support in the US but are being pushed ahead anyway. That’s just one part of a farm bill that’s been in limbo for almost five years.
According to Jim Wiesemeyer of Informa Economics, based in the US, we could be seeing some movement on that Farm Bill within the next two weeks. The question then is, what will that mean for Canada? Will it be the first step in some concrete resolutions or the first shot in a potentially long and expensive trade dispute.
I spoke to Jim at the Tiffin Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta, about the direction of US ag policy, in particular in regards to MCOOL, what political wheel-spinning in the US means for Canadian producers and how a China-centric world is pushing the development of both Canadian and US ag policy.