By Annette Bertelsen, from Spring 2019 C magazine
What happens when the world’s biggest buyer suddenly backs
away from U.S. soybeans? That’s been a question on everyone’s mind since July
6, 2018, when the United States implemented China-specific tariffs. The move
embroiled U.S. farmers and cooperatives in a trade war that hit the soybean
world particularly hard. Spring USDA data shows 2018–2019 soybean export
inspections down nearly 34 percent from the year before, with farms and
cooperatives struggling to handle huge carryover and reduced cash flow.
By Nanci Lilja, President, CHS Foundation
When most people think of agriculture, they wonder how we are going to feed the growing population of 9.6 billion by 2050. And while that’s an important question to consider, I find myself thinking more often about the individuals needed to fill the talent pipeline to feed that growing population.
With nearly 4 in 10 agriculture jobs going unfilled each
year and the average-age of farmers ever increasing, it’s going to take a
pragmatic, creative approach to encourage young people to pursue careers in