In sharing a couple updates for our grain producers, who are deeply challenged by weather and low commodity prices, finally something on a positive note.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news on Friday that leaders from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada reached a deal which would lift the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, removing a major roadblock to passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Under NAFTA, U.S. soy exports to Canada and Mexico were almost $3 billion in 2017, U.S. soy exports to Mexico have grown four-fold under the agreement, making Mexico the number two export market for U.S. soybeans.

We are hoping that continued progress will see trade talks with China resolved. Soy growers depend on exports

And over in the corn, as the spring moves along, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register early for The National Corn Yield Contest. Until June 30, entry fees will be reduced to $75. Register online.