USTR calls for tariff relief and increased cover crops

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USTR calls for tariff relief and increased cover crops

From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.

**A diverse group of more than 40 U.S. food and agriculture executives sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai about the tariffs.

The groups are calling for the suspension, reduction or elimination of tariffs to ease the burden of retaliatory tariffs on rural America.

The letter was led by Farmers for Free Trade and came as the administration works on a mandatory review of recently increased tariffs.

Tariff changes are under review as the White House grapples with inflation.

**As U.S. agriculture grapples with scarce labor and rising costs, one solution may lie in precision farming applications that can maximize production while lowering costs.

Crop and livestock producers can optimize operational efficiency with advanced precision technologies such as data analytics, connected equipment, robotics and automation.

The lack of affordable and reliable broadband access in rural America, however, has hampered the widespread adoption of precision farming technologies.

**Farmers often plant cover crops in the fall to provide winter cover to otherwise bare ground.

Over the past decade, the USDA’s Economic Research Service says adoption of fall cover crops has increased in the United States.

In grain corn fields, 0.6% of the area used a fall cover crop before the 2010 harvest. In 2016, 5.5% had fall cover and in 2021, 7.9% , representing a 44% increase in adoption of fall cover crops.

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