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Allen County holds 5th annual 2018 Agriculture Outlook

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Allen County held its 5th annual Agriculture Outlook event Thursday(2/8/18) morning. Allen County held its 5th annual Agriculture Outlook event Thursday(2/8/18) morning.
Local farmers and agricultural experts come together to discuss their concerns and what's available to help the bottom line of local farms. Local farmers and agricultural experts come together to discuss their concerns and what's available to help the bottom line of local farms.

Farmers got a heads up on what their 2018 season will look like.

Allen County held its 5th annual Agriculture Outlook event Thursday(2/8/18) morning. Local farmers and agricultural experts come together to discuss their concerns and what's available to help the bottom line of local farms. The grain markets have been down the past few years, creating a small profit margin for farmers and forcing them to tighten their belts when it comes to running their farms. Experts say that farmers need to be a little more aggressive in how they manage their business, by continuing to watch the markets to take advantage of temporary price hikes to sell their grains.

"As we move into this next year, it's going to be like that again, but somewhere along the way we will see this market come back to more profitable levels. We just have to find ways that we can manage that position going into those years," explained Andrea Flowers, Cargill.

Besides crops and market prices, policy is a concern for American farmers, as Washington lawmakers look at renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Farm Bureau would like to see a NAFTA deal that is fair and doesn't undo the trading relationship we have with our surrounding countries.

"It's been very positive a lot of ways, we've seen our exports quadruple to both Canada and Mexico during the life of NAFTA. It's nearly 40 billion dollars a year of agriculture exports so a very very significant markets for us and we look forward to keeping those doors open," commented Jack Irvin, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The Farm Bureau at the national, state, and local levels will be active with the 2018 Farm Bill in Washington, which will fund program that will assist farmers and help feed people across the country.

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