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USTR launches Section 301 investigation of China over intellectual propertyArticle

An investigation of China's actions on technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation under Section 301 of US trade law has been launched by US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.

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Agricultural Market News

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Weekly Review: Corns near 5-week lows

Some recent rains and a shift to milder/cooler weather for the US crop’s key pollination phase saw funds turn sellers and CBOT futures turning significantly weaker over the past week; nearby months reached their lowest in almost five weeks. 

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Farm Policy and Programs

Farmdoc Daily: Economies of size, milk versus field crops

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about how economies of size compare for milk and other program commodities, notably field crops, authored by Carl Zulauf:
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Farmdoc Daily: Forecast of 2017 net income on grain farms in Illinois

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about the forecast for 2017 net income on grain farms in Illinois, authored by Gary Schnitkey:
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USDA Radio Newsline: August 15, 2017

USDA radio items on soybean crop condition, Northern Plains drought relief and weather.
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USDA Radio Newsline: August 18, 2017

USDA radio items on US exports of poultry to South Korea and US pork exports to Argentina.
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USTR launches Section 301 investigation of China over intellectual propertyArticle

An investigation of China's actions on technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation under Section 301 of US trade law has been launched by US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.

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US, South Korea trade negotiators meet in Seoul next week

Negotiators from the US and South Korea will meet next week in Seoul, a session that is to discuss potentially amending the five-year-old US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

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Environment and Conservation

EPA extends comment period on rescinding WOTUS rule

Comments on the proposed rescinding of the controversial Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule are now due September 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced August 16, a 30-day extension.

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NAFTA 2.0 negotiations begin with uncertain timeline

Negotiators from the US, Canada and Mexico kick off talks today in Washington that are scheduled to run through Sunday, August 20 to redo the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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DOJ settles suit against California farmer

A $1.1 million settlement in the case involving California farmer John Duarte was announced by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) today, just as the matter was about to go to trial.

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Energy and Biofuels

US weekly oil rig down five

Source: Baker Hughes

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Energy Dept. to sell SPR oil this month

The Energy Department plans to sell 14 million barrels of crude oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) this month as it seeks to raise money for the Treasury.

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US ethanol production second highest of the year

US ethanol production surged to 1.059 million barrels per day (bpd) for the week ended August 11, up 4.6 percent from the prior week and the second highest production of the year and second highest amount on record.

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Food Policy

ERS: SNAP household food spending

In Fiscal 2016, USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provided participating households with monthly benefits averaging $255 — about $59 a week — to purchase food at authorized foodstores, according to the Economic Research Service (ERS). Link.

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ERS: Household Incomes, Child Food Security

ERS: Household Incomes, Child Food Security

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AGgregator: July 26, 2017

AGgregator: July 26, 2017

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Production Technology

Lawmakers question NIH on possible withholding of info on glyphosate

The National Institutes of Health is being pressed by lawmakers to explain the apparent decision to not publish a study on the exposure of farmers to glyphosate that found no evidence the herbicide caused cancer.

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NGFA, NAEGA outline trade priorities for Trump Administration

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) submitted a joint statement to the Trump administration this week regarding the performance of free trade agreements.

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USDA Trims 2017 Grocery Price Forecast

USDA Trims 2017 Grocery Price Forecast

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Budget and Financing

US financial market & news review: Equities post weekly losses

Financial markets: US equity markets closed lower and ended the week with losses.

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US day ahead: August 18, 2017

Global equity markets are lower, tracking the losses in the US Thursday which were spurred by a host of factors, including worries about Washington and that key economic adviser Gary Cohn could depart the White House. The terror attacks in Spain are also an unsettling factor. Uncertainty is rarely an equity market friend. Ag markets are heading into the final session of the week with an eye on the weather and demand prospects.
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US financial market & news review: Steep equity losses

Financial markets: US equity markets posted steep declines on a fall in technology shares and worries about Washington politics.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

AGgregator: August 18, 2017

Highlights and links to key media articles related to the business of agriculture.
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USDA Radio Newsline: August 17, 2017

USDA radio items on NAFTA renegotiations, drones, cotton prices and a softer turkey market.

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AGgregator: August 17, 2017

Highlights and links to key media articles related to the business of agriculture.
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Politics

US financial market & news review: Equities post weekly losses

Financial markets: US equity markets closed lower and ended the week with losses.

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White House chief strategist Bannon exits

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has left his post at the White House, with some saying President Donald Trump fired Bannon while others say Bannon submitted his resignation August 7 to have it announced early this week.

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US day ahead: August 18, 2017

Global equity markets are lower, tracking the losses in the US Thursday which were spurred by a host of factors, including worries about Washington and that key economic adviser Gary Cohn could depart the White House. The terror attacks in Spain are also an unsettling factor. Uncertainty is rarely an equity market friend. Ag markets are heading into the final session of the week with an eye on the weather and demand prospects.
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