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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Grassley continues to lay out trade, tax agenda

More thoughts on upcoming trade talks, the partial government shutdown and tax policy were shared this week by new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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USDA announces temporary reopening of some FSA offices

Some Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to "perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers," amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, USDA announced.

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Day ahead – January 16, 2019: Wheeler confirmation hearing, Fed report due, China selling old corn stocks

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on the nomination of Andy Wheeler to serve as permanent EPA administrator – he currently holds the position on an acting basis. Meanwhile, the Fed is set to release its Beige Book report and China is expected to sell off the remainder of its old corn stocks this year.

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Day ahead – January 15, 2019: Attempts to end shutdown, China pledges more economic stimulus, China ASF-related hog culls

Multiple efforts are underway in Congress to find a way to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, Chinese government officials are pledging more economic stimulus measures to combat an economic slowdown and Chinese ASF-related hog culls are nearing one million.

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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Grassley continues to lay out trade, tax agenda

More thoughts on upcoming trade talks, the partial government shutdown and tax policy were shared this week by new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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USDA announces temporary reopening of some FSA offices

Some Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to "perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers," amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, USDA announced.

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Day ahead – January 16, 2019: Wheeler confirmation hearing, Fed report due, China selling old corn stocks

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on the nomination of Andy Wheeler to serve as permanent EPA administrator – he currently holds the position on an acting basis. Meanwhile, the Fed is set to release its Beige Book report and China is expected to sell off the remainder of its old corn stocks this year.

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USTR explains stance on exclusion process for China tariffs

An exclusion process for tariffs imposed on $200 billion in Chinese goods will be initiated if talks between the US and China fail to resolve their ongoing trade dispute and the US moves forward with plans to increase those tariffs from 10 to 25 percent, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said.

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Tax Policy

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Grassley continues to lay out trade, tax agenda

More thoughts on upcoming trade talks, the partial government shutdown and tax policy were shared this week by new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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Trump focuses on familiar themes in speech to Farm Bureau convention

Administration moves on trade, tax reform and regulation were touted by President Donald Trump, who also spent considerable time addressing the topic of border security in speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans Monday (January 14).

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Day ahead – December 21, 2018: Partial government shutdown looms, Mattis to exit, tax bill in House

The possibility of a government shutdown remains after the House approved a short-term spending plan with wall funding that will not clear the Senate. Another official in the Trump administration has announced an exit and the House passed a tax bill that will not likely become law.

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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 Washington week ahead: EPA, farm bill, economy and spending plans

The House has exited Washington for their August recess while the Senate remains at work.

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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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Compliance & Enforcement

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As shutdown continues, FSIS inspectors approach breaking point, advocates warn

As the shutdown continues, food safety advocates and experts are warning that USDA meat and poultry inspectors may not be able to do their job without pay for much longer.

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Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

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EPA chief pumps up WOTUS proposal

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday touted the benefits of the administration's plan to redefine the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), telling members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that the proposed rule would provide the "regulatory certainty" needed by stakeholders without undermining environmental protections.

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