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USDA's Perdue, White House meet on farmer aid payments

Another installment of trade aid payments to farmers will be the subject of a meeting at the White House today as soybean growers are pushing the administration to make the payments.

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US Futures Review: Soybean futures surge higher after G20 summit

Soybean futures posted double digit gains Monday on renewed trade optimism after talks between the US and China at the G20 summit in Argentina over the weekend, with similar strength in soymeal contracts and soyoil contracts. January soybeans gained 11¢ at USD9.05 3/4.

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Day ahead – December 17, 2018: China tariffs, farmer aid and China's pork situation

The US is signaling when it will increase tariffs on more than $200 billion Chinese goods, holding off on taking the step January 1. Ag circles remain focused on the second installment of US farmer aid payments that were the subject of a White House meeting last week and China is expecting its pork prices will rise due to African swine fever.

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US Washington week ahead: Partial government shutdown looms

The House and Senate are both in session this week, though the House only meets in a pro forma session Monday and does not return until Wednesday.

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WTO US trade policy review finds US farm support mostly steady

While US farm support remains at a low level relative to other developed countries, the World Trade Organization (WTO) biennial trade policy review did find some shifts in the support provided.

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Day ahead – December 17, 2018: China tariffs, farmer aid and China's pork situation

The US is signaling when it will increase tariffs on more than $200 billion Chinese goods, holding off on taking the step January 1. Ag circles remain focused on the second installment of US farmer aid payments that were the subject of a White House meeting last week and China is expecting its pork prices will rise due to African swine fever.

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US scores WTO win in dolphin-safe tuna case

US "dolphin-safe" tuna labeling measures do comply with WTO obligations via changes the US made to the program, according to the WTO's Appellate Body in a December 14 ruling.

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WTO US trade policy review finds US farm support mostly steady

While US farm support remains at a low level relative to other developed countries, the World Trade Organization (WTO) biennial trade policy review did find some shifts in the support provided.

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Environment and Conservation

US scores WTO win in dolphin-safe tuna case

US "dolphin-safe" tuna labeling measures do comply with WTO obligations via changes the US made to the program, according to the WTO's Appellate Body in a December 14 ruling.

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Mostly positive reactions to new farm bill continue

Reactions to the new farm bill cleared by the House and Senate continue, with most of them indicating a positive view of the legislation.

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Brazil blames EU for impeding Mercosur trade talks

A top Brazilian official has declared that the South American bloc Mercosur is ready to close the trade agreement with the EU, but the talks have broken down again due to the unwillingness of the European Commission.

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Day ahead – December 7, 2018: Intellectual property and US-China talks, Congress clears stop-gap spending bill, WOTUS replacement expected

US concerns over Chinese treatment of intellectual property rights are expected to feature highly in US-China trade talks, US national security adviser John Bolton said. Meanwhile, the House and Senate cleared a stop-gap spending bill to keep the government open through December 21 and expectations are the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon move forward with a replacement for the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.

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Day ahead – December 5, 2018: Federal government offices closed, Senate action on nominees, China on US-China trade talks

Federal government offices are closed today as part of a day of mourning declared following the passing of former President George HW Bush. Meanwhile, the Senate Ag committee is set to vote today on two USDA nominees and China issued a statement on the results of the Argentine meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Perdue says US-China trade prospects 'promising' but details needed

Purchases of US ag products by China and reinvigorated talks to resolve the ongoing trade war between the two nations were welcomed by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, but he cautioned details of the trade truce are still being worked out.

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US Washington week ahead: Partial government shutdown looms

The House and Senate are both in session this week, though the House only meets in a pro forma session Monday and does not return until Wednesday.

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WTO US trade policy review finds US farm support mostly steady

While US farm support remains at a low level relative to other developed countries, the World Trade Organization (WTO) biennial trade policy review did find some shifts in the support provided.

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Day ahead – December 14, 2018: China ag purchases, Chinese economy continues to struggle, USDA prepares food stamp rule

Focus remains on promised Chinese ag purchases from the US. Meanwhile, new data shows China's economy continues to struggle as the trade war with the US grinds on, and USDA is expected to release a proposed rule next week that would make it harder for states and counties to get waivers from work requirements for food stamp recipients.

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Production Technology

Mostly positive reactions to new farm bill continue

Reactions to the new farm bill cleared by the House and Senate continue, with most of them indicating a positive view of the legislation.

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Controversial pesticide policies dropped from final farm bill

Congress has dropped controversial pesticide provisions from the final farm bill.
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Concentration in seed markets has not reduced innovation or increased prices - OECD

There is no clear evidence that a decline in the number of multinationals dominating the seeds industry has resulted in less competition, higher prices, or a decline in willingness to innovate, the OECD concludes in an empirical study.

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Budget and Financing

Day ahead – December 17, 2018: China tariffs, farmer aid and China's pork situation

The US is signaling when it will increase tariffs on more than $200 billion Chinese goods, holding off on taking the step January 1. Ag circles remain focused on the second installment of US farmer aid payments that were the subject of a White House meeting last week and China is expecting its pork prices will rise due to African swine fever.

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US Washington week ahead: Partial government shutdown looms

The House and Senate are both in session this week, though the House only meets in a pro forma session Monday and does not return until Wednesday.

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US scores WTO win in dolphin-safe tuna case

US "dolphin-safe" tuna labeling measures do comply with WTO obligations via changes the US made to the program, according to the WTO's Appellate Body in a December 14 ruling.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Brazil blames EU for impeding Mercosur trade talks

A top Brazilian official has declared that the South American bloc Mercosur is ready to close the trade agreement with the EU, but the talks have broken down again due to the unwillingness of the European Commission.

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Ag groups mostly hail farm bill conference report

Positive reactions from ag groups flowed in following the release of the House-Senate farm bill conference report, which was followed Tuesday afternoon with swift passage of the legislation in the Senate by an 87-13 vote.

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Bayer posts 300 glyphosate safety study summaries online in transparency move

Bayer Crop Science has announced it is making 300 study summaries on the controversial herbicide glyphosate available online as part of the company’s “Transparency Initiative”.

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Day ahead – December 17, 2018: China tariffs, farmer aid and China's pork situation

The US is signaling when it will increase tariffs on more than $200 billion Chinese goods, holding off on taking the step January 1. Ag circles remain focused on the second installment of US farmer aid payments that were the subject of a White House meeting last week and China is expecting its pork prices will rise due to African swine fever.

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US Washington week ahead: Partial government shutdown looms

The House and Senate are both in session this week, though the House only meets in a pro forma session Monday and does not return until Wednesday.

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WTO US trade policy review finds US farm support mostly steady

While US farm support remains at a low level relative to other developed countries, the World Trade Organization (WTO) biennial trade policy review did find some shifts in the support provided.

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