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USDA's McKinney expects Japan trade deal if no TPP rejoin

There is at least now some mention of a bilateral trade deal potentially being pursued by the Trump administration, something that has been talked about very little in the wake of the administration signaling their displeasure with multilateral trade deals.

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WTO members discuss farm policies during agriculture committee meeting

Farm policy was discussed among World Trade Organization (WTO) members at a meeting of WTO's Agriculture Committee February 20.

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USDA's Perdue offers mild reassurance on NAFTA talks at USDA meeting

Trade remains one of the major issues for US agriculture, including the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations, and USDA's leader tried to offer some assurance on that topic in remarks to the USDA Outlook Forum near Washington, DC.

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House GOP members join call for Section 199A fix

The push to alter a provision in the tax reform package that is expected to cause a shift in marketing of agricultural commodities continues to gather support, with a group of House Republicans adding their voices to the effort.

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USDA's McKinney expects Japan trade deal if no TPP rejoin

There is at least now some mention of a bilateral trade deal potentially being pursued by the Trump administration, something that has been talked about very little in the wake of the administration signaling their displeasure with multilateral trade deals.

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Day ahead - February 23, 2018: USDA balance sheet details & biofuels the focus

USDA's fresh look at 2018/19 is not a lot different than the current 2017/18 outlook but does feature slightly lower carryovers for corn, soybeans and wheat. The White House has called a meeting of Cabinet officials next week on US biofuels policy, according to Reuters, while Indonesia is heading to the WTO on US biodiesel import duties.

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WTO members discuss farm policies during agriculture committee meeting

Farm policy was discussed among World Trade Organization (WTO) members at a meeting of WTO's Agriculture Committee February 20.

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Environment and Conservation

Trump FY 2019 budget overview: Cuts and not a balanced budget

Priorities for the Trump administration were spelled out in their Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal to Congress, a document aimed at helping guide lawmakers as they write spending details for FY 2019 that starts October 1, 2018.

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Will the UK lose its pivotal role in setting biopesticide regulations post-Brexit?

The UK was one of the early pioneers of biopesticide regulation in Europe and since 2006 has implemented a number of measures to support commercialisation and uptake of biopesticide products.

Brexit Crop Inputs

EU ban on formaldehyde in feed comes into effect end February

New EU rules banning the use of formaldehyde in animal feed will come into force at the end of this month after being published in the bloc’s Official Journal on February 8th.

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Energy and Biofuels

Day ahead - February 23, 2018: USDA balance sheet details & biofuels the focus

USDA's fresh look at 2018/19 is not a lot different than the current 2017/18 outlook but does feature slightly lower carryovers for corn, soybeans and wheat. The White House has called a meeting of Cabinet officials next week on US biofuels policy, according to Reuters, while Indonesia is heading to the WTO on US biodiesel import duties.

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US financial & news review: Equities mostly up with Argentina attacking US biodiesel duties

The Dow and Nasdaq rose as Fed officials' comments appeared aimed at calming financial markets while an Argentine group had harsh words for the import duties on biodiesel announced by the US Department of Commerce.

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Day ahead - February 22, 2018: Biodiesel duties and USDA outlook keys

The US Department of Commerce has weighed in on final duties on imports of biodiesel from two countries while agriculture attention will also be on USDA's Outlook Forum near Washington, DC, with attention on acreage and price expectations for the coming 2018/19 marketing year.

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Food Policy

US Washington week ahead: Lawmakers out of DC for holiday-shortened week

Activity in Washington will be focused on agriculture and the Fed for the week ahead as Congress is out on their week-long Presidents' Day break.

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Farm Bureau chief backs food aid flexibility

Efforts to shift US food aid efforts around the world to rely more on the purchase of products in the recipient country is something that has been pushed for a long time, but now may have a key backer of the effort.

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Day ahead - February 15, 2018: Gas tax, NAFTA & more Fed views on rates

Increasing the federal gasoline tax is something that apparently President Donald Trump thinks is worthwhile relative to funding infrastructure efforts while the focus in Washington continues on NAFTA 2.0 talks and another Fed official signals his rate-hike views have not changed.

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US financial & news review: Equities mixed ahead of holiday weekend & TPP is back in the news

US equities ended mixed and other markets were likely affected by some positioning by traders ahead of the three-day holiday weekend as the US government and most markets will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents' Day. Monsanto lost a bid in an Arkansas court in its legal bid on dicamba and GOP senators want the US back in a key trade deal.

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Will the UK lose its pivotal role in setting biopesticide regulations post-Brexit?

The UK was one of the early pioneers of biopesticide regulation in Europe and since 2006 has implemented a number of measures to support commercialisation and uptake of biopesticide products.

Brexit Crop Inputs

Germany sets out strategy to end glyphosate use

The new German government has put forward a target to end the use of glyphosate in the country, although without specifying an exact time frame for the withdrawal, while it plans to provide public subsidies to support the development of more environmentally sustainable alternatives. 

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Budget and Financing

US financial & news review: Late rise in equities with an eye on the week ahead

US equity markets shot higher late in the session after a Fed report was released and the week ahead will have a lot of Fed influence along with a key US economic update.

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US financial & news review: Equities mostly up with Argentina attacking US biodiesel duties

The Dow and Nasdaq rose as Fed officials' comments appeared aimed at calming financial markets while an Argentine group had harsh words for the import duties on biodiesel announced by the US Department of Commerce.

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USDA trims FY 2018 ag export forecast, raises imports

The value of US agricultural has been lowered again while USDA now expects a higher level of US agricultural imports will be coming in for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

USDA's McKinney expects Japan trade deal if no TPP rejoin

There is at least now some mention of a bilateral trade deal potentially being pursued by the Trump administration, something that has been talked about very little in the wake of the administration signaling their displeasure with multilateral trade deals.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

USDA's Perdue offers mild reassurance on NAFTA talks at USDA meeting

Trade remains one of the major issues for US agriculture, including the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations, and USDA's leader tried to offer some assurance on that topic in remarks to the USDA Outlook Forum near Washington, DC.

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House GOP members join call for Section 199A fix

The push to alter a provision in the tax reform package that is expected to cause a shift in marketing of agricultural commodities continues to gather support, with a group of House Republicans adding their voices to the effort.

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Politics

Section 199A agreement near, but questions remain

A possible fix for a tax reform provision that could well shift grain marketings appears to be at hand, but none of the parties involved yet are claiming victory on the issue.

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Day ahead - February 20, 2018: Trade issues and China views on US soybeans

The report on potential steel and aluminum trade actions by the US continues to reverberate while a China observer is listing several factors it sees as reasons that a key US ag export to China won't be a trade target and Canada is not likely to ratify the TPP-11 trade deal until fall.

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Brazilian livestock sector set to benefit from investment in corn ethanol production

A recently announced upgrade to a Brazilian corn-based ethanol plant could not only launch the country’s renewable energy sector into a new phase but also provide additional benefits for the livestock sector and animal feed exporters, according to a leading US agribusiness executive.

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