Wiesemeyer and Haney: Taxes on carbon suck, Trump says no to Asia, and Tesla's are too quiet


Agricultural news never sits still, and in 2023 there are just so many variables impacting the industry at any given moment. At RealAgriculture, we are always striving to keep you up to date on what political moves could have an impact on your farm — either through trade, tariffs, or rules and regulations.

In the latest of my discussions with Jim Wiesemeyer, D.C. policy analyst with Pro Farmer, we discuss some very pertinent topics related to Canadian and U.S. farmers. Here is a list of the topics we cover in this edition.

  • How C-234 is an example of how it can be difficult to remove or get exempted from a tax once implemented.
  • USMCA/CUSMA renegotiation. Once we know the players among the three countries how will the renegotiation of the North American trade pact play out given the protectionist push by both US political parties at the moment. Is it to early for Canada and Mexico to be concerned about the renegotiation?
  • China and U.S. relations. The evaluation of the meeting between China’s President Xi and President Biden. Are there signals from that meeting that China is open for business based on Xi’s activities while in the U.S.?
  • Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. Would a Trump presidency really withdraw from the potential thirteen country trade deal? Has the Biden administration altered its brand of not being focused on increased market access?
  • Argentina election. With the victory by a very libertarian candidate what will this mean for the dollarization strategy, inflation and agricultural exports in Argentina?
  • Will EVs ever be popular with farmers?  (Also, a bonus on how I almost got run over by a Tesla this morning)
  • Agriculture’s crossover into green energy. Is there a difference whether a farmer covers good farm land in solar panels vs selling out to a developer for a new Costco parking lot?

Check out the below video conversation with Jim Wiesemeyer and me.  Please send your feedback and thoughts to [email protected]

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