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Budget & Financing

Budget & Financing

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Next steps in the farm bill process remain unclear

US ag circles are still mulling the prospects of a new farm bill in the wake of the sharp rebuke delivered in the House May 18.

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US Washington week ahead: Spending bills, farm bill & NAFTA 2.0 talks remain a focus

The House and Senate continue to churn through the various government spending bills while lawmakers are assessing the next steps in the farm bill process and the NAFTA 2.0 talks remain attention points in the week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday.

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House committee passes spending bills with amendments on lab meat, WOTUS rule

A Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill for USDA, FDA and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission was sent to the House floor after being approved Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 31 to 20.

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US Washington week ahead: House farm bill, China & NAFTA 2.0 talks all key

The House is scheduled to vote on a new farm bill this week while US-China trade discussions and more NAFTA 2.0 sessions are on tap as Congress returns to Washington.
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US Washington week ahead: NAFTA 2.0, Spending RFS, farm bill and China talks key

The House and Senate return with a focus on Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending, while NAFTA 2.0 negotiators get together again as the House vote count process gets underway in their version of the farm bill and another biofuels policy meeting is on tap.

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US financial & news review: Equities shoot up while focus on the Fed returns after jobs update

US equity markets shook off early losses to post big gains Friday. Attention in the week ahead will be back on the Fed and what officials think about the policy path ahead with updates on inflation and consumer activity ahead. Plus, ag interests will again be watching the Hill.

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Economy & Finance

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US, China talks in focus as week winds down

US and Chinese officials will meet starting today (May 17) for a second round of trade talks, with this round in Washington. But the session is occurring with an interesting backdrop of drama on the US side.

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NAFTA 2.0 talks resume as US seeks major auto sector provisions, new report details withdrawal risks

Negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resumed this week, with reports that the US intends to stress its auto sector demands. Meanwhile, a retail industry report found a NAFTA withdrawal by the US would cost consumers and retailers billions of dollars annually.

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US Washington week ahead: NAFTA 2.0, Spending RFS, farm bill and China talks key

The House and Senate return with a focus on Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending, while NAFTA 2.0 negotiators get together again as the House vote count process gets underway in their version of the farm bill and another biofuels policy meeting is on tap.

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US financial & news review: Equities shoot up while focus on the Fed returns after jobs update

US equity markets shook off early losses to post big gains Friday. Attention in the week ahead will be back on the Fed and what officials think about the policy path ahead with updates on inflation and consumer activity ahead. Plus, ag interests will again be watching the Hill.

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Day ahead – May 4, 2018: US and China only agree to keep talking on trade issues

The US and China agreed to keep talking after their sessions in Beijing, with China reacting negatively to US demands. The key Employment report lies ahead and groups want EPA to shift their biofuel focus.

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US financial & news review: Equities fall on Fed news while another biofuels meeting is on tap

US equity markets lost ground after the US Federal Reserve held its policies steady. The White House has set another biofuel policy meeting for next week and the head of a major grain company says US sales of soybeans to China have all but dried up.

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Tax Policy

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Trump threatens to veto omnibus spending bill in tweet

A threat to veto the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending measure was raised by President Donald Trump in a tweet – previously he and other administration officials indicated he would sign the measure, preventing a government shutdown.
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Section 199A fix, other ag provisions included in FY 2018 spending plan

The fix for the provision from the tax reform package is in the omnibus spending package along with several other ag-related spending provisions of note.

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Day ahead – March 22, 2018: Omnibus bill ready, including 'grain glitch' fix and more

The mammoth $1.3 trillion spending package covering the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 is ready to go and it includes some key ag-related provisions, including a fix to the so-called "grain glitch" and more relative to US agriculture. Trade is still in focus with China actions to be signed off on by President Donald Trump today.

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Estate Taxes

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House Republican tax plan has lots of trade offs

The tax reform package presented by House Republicans (HR 1) – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – will be marked by up the House Ways & Means Committee starting November 6, and has provisions that US agricultural and business interests find positive but also some areas they feel are absent from the package.

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US day ahead - September 27, 2017: Tax reform concepts coming today

Attention will be on tax reform framework ideas that are coming from Republican lawmakers on the Hill and from President Donald Trump in an appearance in Indiana. Grain and soybean futures are lower as harvest-related pressure continues to build for corn and soybeans. A proposal to provide aid to cotton producers is moving through the process at USDA and environmental groups are pushing for more focus on conservation compliance.

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Governor to sign Delaware estate tax repeal

Governor to sign Delaware estate tax repeal

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Land Prices

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US financial & news review: Equities drop; biofuel confab said on tap for Tuesday

Losses in tech stocks roiled equity markets to open the week while another biofuels session is said to be on tap for Tuesday while discussions between the US and Germany on several issues were termed "constructive."

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US financial & news review: Some farmland values rose in 2017 along with import prices

Farmland values in areas of the western Corn Belt rose during 2017 and while prices on imported goods rose, the increase was relatively tame, keeping that as a factor the US central bank will continue to monitor as they decide on the path for interest rates ahead.

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Big possible shifts coming for CRP

While much attention is focused on commodity and nutrition programs in developing a new farm bill, the House Ag Committee appears poised to pursue some significant changes to the venerable Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

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Compliance & Enforcement

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US presses China on imports of US ag goods; Trump tempers expectations

President Trump is pushing China to boost its imports of US ag products by $25 billion, a dramatic increase from the current import tally of around $20 billion.

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Current, former USTR chief negotiators for agriculture discuss current trade dynamics

US trade relations, the Trump administration's different break with past administrations on trade policy style and substance and other trade topics were discussed during a panel discussion including current and former US agriculture trade negotiators held May 22 at the Farm Foundation.

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Perdue: Trump holding tough on biofuel policy

President Donald Trump has "hung tough" on US biofuel policy as various interests have tried to push several policies that could negatively impact the biofuel mandates, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said in Nebraska last week.

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