Trump White House Issues ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order
On Tuesday, President Trump signed an Executive Order building on his campaign promises. In a speech preceding the signing of the order in Wisconsin, President Trump defined “America First” as a policy to “aggressively promote and use American-made and ensure American labor is hired.”
The ‘Buy American’ component of the order will adjust some trade regulations to make it harder for foreign companies to bid on US government contracts and will encourage the U.S. government to buy American products. The order also requires agency heads to sign off on waivers used to get around procurement laws requiring agencies to purchase domestically produced materials. This will, explained President Trump, minimize the use of waivers in order to maximize “made in America” in all federal infrastructure projects.
In his executive order speech, President Trump promised to investigate trade deals more broadly. He repeated campaign remarks related to North American Free Trade Agreement, promising to “make big changes to” or “get rid of” the trade agreement. President Trump promised to stand up for dairy farmers in Wisconsin, one sector of workers Trump claimed has suffered from this “one-sided deal against the US.”
Both components of the executive order direct only the federal government and its awarding of contacts—not the practices of individual companies.
Honoring a Sorghum Yield Champion
This week, National Sorghum Producers mourns the loss of one of our members, a yield champion and Sorghum Shootout contestant Steven Albracht from Hart, Texas. Steven worked over 5,000 acres in the lower Texas Panhandle, farming sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton and silage for area dairies. He pushed limits, always striving for higher yields and was a consistent winner in both the sorghum and corn yield contests, securing his place as a role model at the annual Commodity Classic for farmers looking to increase yields. National Sorghum Producers board and staff extend our deepest sympathy to the Albracht family.
NSP Accepting Board of Directors Applications until May 12
National Sorghum Producers is now accepting applications for the NSP Board of Directors. Please submit applications to Debra Loyd, NSP’s director of operations. Qualified applicants can obtain recruitment packets and application forms here. The deadline to apply is May 12.
USDA Seeks Nominees for United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for sorghum producers to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors. There are five producer member vacancies for the upcoming board. Kansas has one seat available, Texas has one and there are three at-large seats.
Any sorghum producer within the U.S. who grows sorghum can be considered for nomination. All eligible producers are invited to submit nominations by May 30, 2017. A sorghum producer must be nominated by a Certified Producer Organization (CPO) and submit a completed application. A list of CPOs can be found on the Sorghum Checkoff website, and a copy of the nomination form can be found by visiting the USDA-AMS website.
Export sales commitments were strong again this week with China purchasing 1.8 million bushels. This brings total commitments to 161 million bushels or 71.5 percent of the USDA target for the year. Deliveries were also very strong with China, Japan and Mexico taking delivery of 5.4 million bushels. Both commitments and deliveries are ahead of the 5-year average pace needed to meet the USDA target. Basis continued to be firm on the Mississippi River and the northern plains, but continued to lag in central terminal markets. Gulf Coast basis also remained strong, and there were reports of interest in the timing of harvest from buyers. This indicates the existence of export pull.
By April 16, twenty-one percent of this year’s sorghum crop was planted, 5 percentage points ahead of last year and slightly ahead of the 5-year average. Planting remained largely limited to the Delta and the southern Great Plains. Planting was most active in Arkansas and Louisiana where progress advanced 24 and 20 percentage points, respectively, during the week.
Sorghum in the Spotlight:
May 1-2 NAFB Washington Watch, Washington, D.C.
May 4 PGFA Conference, Amarillo, Texas
June 9 McLennan County Row Crop Tour, Waco, Texas
June 16 McLennan County Row Crop Tour-Westside, Crawford, Texas
For a full view of calendar events, visit the NSP website calendar.
Market News – To view this week’s Gulf export grain report, click here.
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