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Bob Larson Snow Damages Kansas Wheat and Branstad Ambassador to China
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: The Agribusiness Update
Date: May 05, 2017

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**A foot of snow fell on a good chunk of the western Kansas wheat crop last weekend, striking a devastating blow to a region known for robust wheat production.

It was one of several weather events this week that delayed planting, flooded fields and caused farmers to rethink planting mixes.

In an effort to educate farm program skeptics, the National Association of Wheat Growers shared a video on Twitter of a Kansas farmer digging wheat out from a snow bank and asking the Heritage Foundation how this situation could be handled without crop insurance.

**Sonny Perdue, recently confirmed as the 31st secretary of agriculture, had plenty of time waiting on his confirmation to think about departmental priorities. Much of that shaped during visits with Senators where he clearly learned about their priorities.

Perdue says number one, two, and three Senate priorities were “trade, trade, and trade.”

Perdue, who helped persuade President Trump to renegotiate rather than exit NAFTA, offered several key points on trade, adding, “the good news is I’m a ‘grow it and sell it” kind of guy.”

**Iowa Governor Terry Branstad breezed through two hours of detailed questioning Tuesday at his confirmation hearing to be the next ambassador to China, apparently garnering bipartisan support from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The questions ranged from beef trade to China’s role in countering North Korean aggression, but Branstad answered them all.

No votes have been scheduled.

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