Jeremy Jackson with Anneal Initiative, Inc. was the guest on Friday’s 580 WIBW Ag Issues program. Jackson previewed the Kansas SBDC Cybersecurity Forum that will be held on April 25th in Manhattan, Kansas, which will include some agricultural components. Jackson also discussed the abundance and severity of cyber threats in general. To register for the Kansas SBDC Cybersecurity forum, go to https://ksbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/23618.
Kansas House Bill HB 2618 better known as the Ad Astra Rural Jobs Act was the topic of discussion on Wednesday’s Ag Issues program. We were joined by Ab Basu, Executive Director with the Rural Jobs Coalition and Sandy Moore, Managing Director/Chief Impact Officer with Advantage Capital Partners. HB 2168 would create the Ad Astra Rural Jobs Act, which would authorize nonrefundable tax credit applicable to income, premium, or privilege taxes for taxpayers who contribute capital to an “approved investment company” to fund a “rural business concern” in a “rural area.”
The U.S. sorghum industry took another hit on Tuesday after China ordered importers of U.S. sorghum to pay deposits for possible higher tariffs in an anti-dumping investigation and adding to the growing trade conflict with Washington.
Tuesday’s preliminary ruling by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said U.S. sorghum was being sold at improperly low prices, hurting Chinese farmers. It said importers must post bonds of 178.6 percent of the value of their goods to cover possible anti-dumping duties while the probe is completed.
President Trump, back on January 22, hiked tariffs on Chinese-made washing machines and solar modules. The Chinese government launched the sorghum investigation on February 4 in what many saw as a warning shot after President Trump’s announcement.
The National Sorghum Producers released a statement, Tuesday morning, saying they are deeply disappointed by China’s Ministry of Commerce announcement stating U.S. sorghum is not being dumped in China, and U.S. sorghum producers and exporters have not caused any injury to China’s sorghum industry.
NSP says alongside their producers, stakeholders and partners, has cooperated fully with China’s antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, including submitted several thousand pages of data demonstrating conclusively that U.S. sorghum is neither dumped nor causing any injury to China. They say none of that information appears to have been seriously considered or used in the Ministry’s preliminary determination, which is neither fair nor appropriate.
The statement went on to say that NSP greatly values their Chinese customers and what has been a win-win business relationship between U.S. sorghum producers and their Chinese partners. They say Tuesday’s decision in China reflects a broader trade fight in which U.S. sorghum farmers are the victim, not the cause and that U.S. sorghum farmers should not be paying the price for this larger fight.
NSP says they along with their partners will continue to demonstrate that U.S. sorghum farmers are not injuring China and are evaluating all legal options moving forward.
Since the late January announcement of trade tariff hikes by the President, the U.S. has threatened to raise duties on up to $150 billion of Chinese goods in a dispute over technology policy. Beijing has responded with its own list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation.
Investigators concluded dumping of U.S. sorghum “substantially damaged” Chinese competitors, the Commerce Ministry said. It said prices of U.S. sorghum fell 13 percent from 2013 to 2017, while shipments increased 14-fold.
The ministry said results of a parallel anti-subsidy investigation of U.S. sorghum would be released later.
Kansas Ag Network’s Greg Akagi also spoke with Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, Tuesday afternoon about China’s announcement and the effects it would have on Kansas agriculture and the Kansas economy.
Jamie Lindamood with the Lindamood Ranch and Matt Perrier with Dalebanks Angus Ranch joined us on Friday’s Ag Issues program. They previewed the 3rd Annual “A Day at the Ranch” event that takes place on Saturday, April 21 and hosted by the Greenwood County Cattlewomen and Dalebanks Angus Ranch. The event gives consumers a look at growing crops, raising cattle/beef and burning ranchland. It also looks at the life of a rancher and their cattle and what goes into the food you eat.
Tickets are available for the event. If you would like to see a schedule of events and to purchase tickets, click here.
DTN Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson was the guest on Wednesday’s Ag Issues program on 580 WIBW. Anderson discussed the conditions and outlined the large geographic area that was under a Red Flag warning as of Wednesday. He also spoke at length about drought conditions that he says are likely to persist across much of the hard winter wheat belt.
Kansas State Representatives Don Hineman from Dighton and Larry Hibbard from Toronto joined us in studio for a legislative update. The House this week approved $500 million in additional funding for schools and the Senate is expected to vote on Thursday. That added funding would be phased in over five years. Also joining us on the program was WIBW Radio News Director and statehouse reporter Nick Gosnell.
Scott Cooper, Casino Consultant representing the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance effort to revitalize horse and dog racing in Kansas joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program. He discussed HB 2545 introduced in Kansas House of Representatives that would include amendments to the Kansas expanded lottery act and Kansas parimutuel racing act. Cooper talked about where the bill currently stands in the Kansas legislature and what it would mean to the state if horse and dog racing were brought back to Kansas. He talked about the addition of casino’s the racing facilities that would bring more interest and people to the tracks.