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Ag Legislation and Trade

Stay informed on the evolving landscape of American farm policy and the global trade climate for U.S. agriculture.

U.S. Agricultural Trade at a Glance

As one of the largest agricultural exporters in the world, American agriculture is an essential provider of sustenance for families around the world.

Total U.S. employment related to the ag and food sectors in 2020
Total economic contribution from ag and food sectors in 2019
2021 U.S. agricultural exports forecast
2022 U.S. agricultural exports forecast

Agricultural Trade News

American farmers and ranchers play an integral role in providing food, fiber, and fuel—not just for our nation, but for the world. Learn more about the state of global trade for U.S. agriculture.

Fourth Quarter Update: 2022 Trade Outlook for U.S. Agriculture

Despite slight softening, the outlook for U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year (FY) 2022 remains at historic highs.  The USDA released its last quarterly report in 2021 on the outlook for U.S. agricultural trade on November 23, 2021. 

Understanding Ag Trade-Weighted Foreign Exchange Rates

Exchange rates are often said to be the single most important price for any economy with significant trade, but few understand why. The economic lessons of the past underscore the influential role trade-weighted foreign exchange rates play in int

U.S. and China: What’s Next for ‘Phase One’?

Read the latest news on the U.S.-China trade relationship and what that means for American farmers. In a conversation forum with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Monday, October 4, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine T

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Regulatory Reform

Take a nonpartisan look at updates to key ag regulation reforms impacting farmers and ranchers, from land conservation to water quality.

EPA Chloropyrifos Ban: The Good and Bad

What does the ‘zero tolerance’ ruling for chlorpyrifos insecticide residual mean for food crop production? Learn the potential farmer impacts of this regulatory update.

Redefining WOTUS: What Farmers Should Know

WOTUS regulation reform is an uncertainty farmers know all too well. Read what industry groups and lawmakers think about upcoming changes.

Food Additive Regulation for Livestock Feed

American Farm Bureau Federation President speaks on climate-smart practices that could help reduce methane emissions from livestock.


Read more about the major contributing factors influencing the financial outlook for American farmers and ranchers along with deep-dive insights into major U.S. ag commodities from AgAmerica's Chief Economist, Dr. John Penson.


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