U.S. wins again at WTO, though compliance by China may be months away

The WTO ruled in favor of the United States in its complaint that China had rigged its tariff system to constrict entry of foreign-grown grain. The ruling was the second U.S. victory in seven weeks against trade-distorting Chinese agricultural practices.

Two more rounds of Sino-U.S. trade talks planned

U.S.-China negotiations to resolve the trade war are “moving along quite well,” said President Trump on Wednesday. Meanwhile, published reports said two rounds of talks were scheduled for late April and early May.

Trump, dropping Mexico threat, says ‘very close’ to China deal

U.S. and Chinese negotiators may be within four weeks of resolving the Sino-U.S. trade war, said President Trump on Thursday. Trump said the nations are working on a comprehensive agreement. “And whether it’s our farmers or our technology people, all of them will be really happy.”

Farmers expect to win Sino-U.S. trade war

U.S. and Chinese officials are scheduled to open a new round of ministerial-level negotiations on Thursday to resolve the trade war and American farmers believe their sector will be a winner in the end. By a 3-to-1 ratio, producers polled for Purdue’s monthly Ag Economy Barometer said …

Farmers say they will plant fewer acres this year

Aside from planning a 4-percent expansion of corn area, U.S. farmers aren't enthusiastic about spring planting. With little improvement expected in commodity prices, growers say they will plant fewer acres of soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice, sorghum and oats than in 2018, and they'll stand pat on barley.

Big soy crop globally even if U.S. cuts back

U.S. farmers will harvest a sharply smaller soybean crop this year, driven away from the oilseed by weak market prices and a staggeringly large soy surplus resulting from a string of bumper crops. Even so, the International Grains Council projects the third year in a row of record-large soybean production globally.

U.S.-China trade talks to run into April

The United States and China will open ministerial-level negotiations "aimed at improving the trade relationship" on Thursday, the White House announced over the weekend. A week later, on April 3, Vice Premier Liu He will bring a delegation to Washington for further discussions about resolving the trade war that began last summer.

Tariffs on China ‘for a substantial period of time,’ says Trump

An agreement between China and the United States to resolve the trade war “is coming along nicely,” said President Trump on Wednesday, although U.S. tariffs could remain in force for some time to assure that China lives up to the terms of the deal.

On trade: Long-term gain or long-term pain?

The Trump administration says its policy of confrontation with trading partners, such as the trade war with China and tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, will lead to more advantageous relations for the United States. But Bill Reinsch, of the think tank Center for Strategic and International Relations, says the promise of "short-term pain, long-term gain" is unlikely to come true.

Trade war could slow Chinese soy imports for years, says USDA

China will remain the world’s largest soybean importer in coming years even if the trade war with the United States is not settled, but it won’t be buying as much of the oilseed, said USDA analysts on Wednesday.