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Ag producers detail tariff hardships at House Ways and Means hearing

Economic hardship caused by new tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump and retaliatory tariffs then put in place by trade partners were detailed by multiple agricultural producers and an economist during a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing Wednesday (July 18).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

US offers proposal eyeing tariff reductions, expanded market access at WTO ag meeting

A proposal stressing the need for further tariff reductions and greater market access to advance agricultural trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) was offered by the US at a July 16 special session of WTO's Committee on Agriculture.

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USDA announces funds for producers affected by 2017 wildfires, hurricanes

Nearly $2 billion in funding has been made available by USDA to assist agricultural producers affected by 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, the department announced Monday (July 16).
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Day ahead – July 16, 2018: Trump calls EU 'foe' on trade, IMF urges Argentina to keep soy export tax in place

President Donald Trump named the European Union as one of the biggest global adversaries for the US in an interview Saturday. Meanwhile, Trump backtracked on earlier criticism of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Argentina to keep soy export tax in place.

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, trade & US economy in focus

The next step in the farm bill process is expected to unfold this week as trade policy remains an attention point and could be meshed with testimony this week on US monetary policy and the US economy.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Agricultural policies still threaten commodity market stability

Government support policies will continue to threaten the stability of global agricultural markets in the coming decade, as while overall levels of support have tended to decline since the turn of the millennium, they remain at levels high enough to stimulate production in the face of potentially over-supplied markets. The only possible exception is dairy.

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Day ahead – July 20, 2018: Rep. Brady remarks on NAFTA 2.0, US-China trade situation

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) made remarks on the trajectory of NAFTA 2.0 talks and the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) took issue with remarks by President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro that sought to play down the impact of new tariffs.

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Large-scale trade policy talks between US and China on hold, officials say

Amid escalating trade tensions and tit-for-tat trade actions, talks aimed at defusing the situation the US and China have essentially been on hold for several weeks, according to comments from key lawmakers and a Trump administration official.

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EC's Malmstrom remarks on rising trade tensions as US hearing considers auto tariffs

Rising trade tensions could forfeit hard fought gains in international trade was the warning delivered by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom in a July 19 speech to the German Marshall Fund. Her remarks came the same day the US Commerce Department held a hearing to consider new tariffs on automobiles and automobile parts from the European Union (EU) and other trade partners.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Ag producers detail tariff hardships at House Ways and Means hearing

Economic hardship caused by new tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump and retaliatory tariffs then put in place by trade partners were detailed by multiple agricultural producers and an economist during a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing Wednesday (July 18).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Day ahead – July 18, 2018: House farm bill action today, Congress may act on Trump tariffs, tariffs effects on US agriculture

The House is scheduled to vote this afternoon to go to conference with the Senate on their respective farm bills. Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch signaled he may back of legislation to rein in presidential authority on tariffs and the effect of President Donald Trump's new tariffs on US agricultural producers is the topic of a House panel hearing today (July 18).

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Fed's Powell warns agriculture could suffer if tariffs in place for extended period

Current US trade policy actions and responses from foreign countries are continuing as a point of debate, with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reluctantly dragged into the discussion this week.

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Tax Policy

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Day ahead – July 16, 2018: Trump calls EU 'foe' on trade, IMF urges Argentina to keep soy export tax in place

President Donald Trump named the European Union as one of the biggest global adversaries for the US in an interview Saturday. Meanwhile, Trump backtracked on earlier criticism of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Argentina to keep soy export tax in place.

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ERS sees reduced tax burden on farms, farm households with new tax law

The tax reform package signed into law is forecast, on average, to lower the effective tax burden on farms and farm households, depending on farm size and the crops grown, among other factors, according to a new report from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).

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EPA releases 2019 RFS biofuel, 2020 biodiesel levels to mixed reviews

Proposed 2019 biofuel renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2019 (2020 for biodiesel) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) were announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) June 26. The announcement largely aligned with expectations, though many were critical over the absence of steps to remediate the issues caused by previous small refinery waivers.

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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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Day ahead – July 19, 2018: House votes to conference farm bill, RFS waivers discussed at hearing, House ag labor bill

The House Wednesday (July 18) agreed by unanimous consent to send its farm bill to a conference committee to reconcile the measure with the Senate's version. Meanwhile, small refiner waivers were among topics raised at EPA RFS hearing and House Republicans unveiled an ag labor bill.

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Ag producers detail tariff hardships at House Ways and Means hearing

Economic hardship caused by new tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump and retaliatory tariffs then put in place by trade partners were detailed by multiple agricultural producers and an economist during a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing Wednesday (July 18).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

China updates request for WTO consultations with US on Section 301 tariffs

An updated request for consultations with the US over its decision to levy Section 301 tariffs – imposed on national security grounds – on $34 billion worth of Chinese exports, was submitted by China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) July 9.

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