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NAFTA 2.0 talks extended into 2018

Mexico will host the fifth round of NAFTA 2.0 talks in Mexico City from November 17-21, but additional rounds will now be scheduled through the first quarter of 2018, officials from the US, Canada and Mexico announced at the conclusion of the fourth round of talks near Washington, DC.

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Farm Policy and Programs

USDA nomination updates: Northey, Ibach win ag panel ok

Bill Northey and Greg Ibach were approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee to serve in roles at USDA even as the role that Northey will serve could change. And, the potential is there for a nomination hearing next week on a controversial choice for a USDA post.

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Farmdoc Daily: US farm sector financial performance

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about US farm sector financial performance, authored by Michael Langemeier:
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USDA Radio Newsline: October 18, 2017

USDA radio items on USDA price forecasts, Pasture and Rangeland conditions, topsoil moisture improvements in the Midwest, rural infrastructure, precision ag productivity and building a better fruit tree.

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Trade Policy

USDA nomination updates: Northey, Ibach win ag panel ok

Bill Northey and Greg Ibach were approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee to serve in roles at USDA even as the role that Northey will serve could change. And, the potential is there for a nomination hearing next week on a controversial choice for a USDA post.

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Trump's 'Buy American' order criticized at WTO

President Donald Trump's April executive order to prioritize the purchase of US goods in federal procurement awards was criticized by 10 fellow World Trade Organization (WTO) members during an October 18 meeting in Geneva.
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EU set to formally abandon export subsidies early next year

The European Union is on course to formally eliminate agricultural export subsidies within the next three months, following Australia in implementing the decision made at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 2015 Nairobi Ministerial meeting. 

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Environment and Conservation

Lawmakers mull changes to RCPP, sodsaver provisions ahead of next farm bill

As lawmakers prepare to craft the next farm bill, proposals to expand the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and "sodsaver" provisions are under consideration.
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Vote on USDA nominee Northey delayed by title clarification

An issue on the title Bill Northey will have as a USDA undersecretary has yet to be resolved, leading to a delay tin the Senate Ag Committee voting on the nomination.

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Scientists getting EPA grants cannot advise agency: Pruitt

Scientists who have received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants to the "tune of literally tens of millions of dollars" will not be allowed to serve on the agency's advisory boards, Administrator Scott Pruitt announced yesterday.

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Energy and Biofuels

US day ahead - October 19, 2017: Biofuels policy in focus

The White House has told EPA to back away from changes to US biofuels policy after pushback from farm-state Senators and Iowa's governor while biodiesel interests are bracing for additional potential import duties on Argentine biodiesel shipments to the US.

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Reports: White House tells EPA to back down from biofuel changes

The Trump administration will back away from plans to reduce the volume of biofuels in the nation's motor fuel supply, according to news reports from Bloomberg and others, amid growing pressure from corn and soybean producing states that stand to lose jobs and revenue from the proposal.

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US financial market & news review: Dow milestone, tight labor market & USDA nominees

Financial markets: US equities finished with gains as the Dow pushed past another milestone mark on its way to a new closing record.

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Food Policy

Perdue's Europe trip exposes US-EU food safety divide

US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has accused European countries of using dubious food safety concerns to keep American poultry out of their markets.

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Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

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Calendar of key events and reports: October 16-22, 2017

The latest round of NAFTA 2.0 talks continue early this week with the Senate back in Washington while the House is out until the week of October 23. US-Japan economic discussions take place this week in Washington with the Commerce Department set to issue their preliminary take on antidumping duty investigations regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia.

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Production Technology

Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

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Bipartisan bill seeks to tighten regulation of imported organics

The National Organic Program (NOP) would receive a significant budget increase and an updated monitoring system under a bipartisan bill introduced by House Agriculture Committee members, Reps. John Faso (R-N.Y.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).

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Syngenta agrees to settle GMO corn dispute

Syngenta has agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by farmers who allege the company acted irresponsibly when it commercialized two new genetically engineered corn traits. 

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Budget and Financing

Farmdoc Daily: US farm sector financial performance

Following are highlights of an item released by Farmdoc Daily about US farm sector financial performance, authored by Michael Langemeier:
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Senate prepares to vote on budget resolution amid talk of bipartisanship

The Senate is expected to vote today on the bulk of the amendments Democrats have teed up for the budget resolution, with a final vote on the measure expected early tomorrow.

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US day ahead - October 19, 2017: Biofuels policy in focus

The White House has told EPA to back away from changes to US biofuels policy after pushback from farm-state Senators and Iowa's governor while biodiesel interests are bracing for additional potential import duties on Argentine biodiesel shipments to the US.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

AGgregator: October 19, 2017

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

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AGgregator: October 18, 2017

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

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NAFTA 2.0 talks extended into 2018

Mexico will host the fifth round of NAFTA 2.0 talks in Mexico City from November 17-21, but additional rounds will now be scheduled through the first quarter of 2018, officials from the US, Canada and Mexico announced at the conclusion of the fourth round of talks near Washington, DC.

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Politics

USDA nomination updates: Northey, Ibach win ag panel ok

Bill Northey and Greg Ibach were approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee to serve in roles at USDA even as the role that Northey will serve could change. And, the potential is there for a nomination hearing next week on a controversial choice for a USDA post.

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AGgregator: October 19, 2017

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

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Senate prepares to vote on budget resolution amid talk of bipartisanship

The Senate is expected to vote today on the bulk of the amendments Democrats have teed up for the budget resolution, with a final vote on the measure expected early tomorrow.

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