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Produce Safety Standards; U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

**State agencies that are beginning to implement new produce safety and other standards required by the Food Safety Modernization Act will need a lot more money in fiscal 2018...

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U.S. President Barack Obama Visits China
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China U.S. Beef Ban; Perdue Vote Set for April 24

**Six months after China announced its intention to lift its ban on U.S. beef, the two countries remain far apart.

Hopes are high that President Trump will be able to break the logjam when he meets today with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida, but even if the two agree, there’s still a lot of work remaining to restore trade...

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Wheat Harvest Begins Amidst Hot Summer
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Winter Wheat Out of Dormancy Early; Trump Big News to Foreign Ag

This year’s U.S. winter wheat crop came out of dormancy early and in worse overall condition than last year’s crop.

The USDA says 51% of U...

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Cotton Prices Push Acreage; Pruitt Promises “Rule of Law”

** Expecting higher prices, U.S. cotton farmers are planning to sow 12.2 million acres this year, up 21 percent from last year.

Friday’s USDA report says the estimate is also up from the 11...

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Uninsured Family Of Farmers Plans To Opt Out Of Affordable Health Care Act
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Farm Credit Strong and Britain Gives BREXIT Notice

**Farm incomes continue to drop and producers are having tougher times paying back loans, but the overarching agricultural credit system remains strong and bankers are doing what they can to help borrowers survive...

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Discount Grocery Outlet Sells Overstocked And Out-Of-Date Food
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Grocery Decline; Mexico Considers Lifting Corn Tariffs

**Grocery prices declined to a 50-year low last year.

The USDA says retail food prices dropped 1.3 percent, the first ANNUAL decline since 1967...

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Cover Crop Research; Milk Labeling Bill

** Two top dairy groups do NOT agree on the Dairy Pride imitation dairy product labeling bill. If passed, Dairy Pride would prohibit imitation dairy products from using “milk” on their labels...

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New Home Sales Increase Despite Rising Mortgage Rates
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Farm Leadership Ensures Labor Pool; China Lifts Brazil Beef Ban

** An extension business management specialist says building employer leadership will help ensure farm operations successfully recruit and retain ag labor...

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Reports Claims California Leads The Nation In The Green Tech Field
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Perdue Pledges Tenacity; Biofuels Foul for Argentina Indonesia

** Sonny Perdue, President Trump’s nominee for Ag Secretary, pledged to be a “tenacious advocate and fighter” for farmers within the administration and says he’ll try to address requests for help from dairy and cotton producers ahead of the next farm bill...

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Vaccine Bank for Poultry; Farm Revenue Protection

**Poultry producer leaders are testifying in strong support of vaccine banks.

Carl Wittenburg, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, says bird flu has become a global problem and his group supports a mandatory disease program and vaccine bank for high path A-1...

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Extreme Weather Sends Beef Prices To Record Highs
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China Bans Brazilian Beef; Trump Proclaims Nat’l Ag Day

** China has suspended all meat imports from Brazil in the wake of a scandal involving Brazil’s meat industry.

Ag economist Alton Kalo with Steiner Consulting says since China has not yet resumed buying U...

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Glyphonsate Not Carcinogen; Farmers Getting Older

**EPA’s conclusion that glyphosate is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans has received a mixed review from a scientific review panel...

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