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Budget & Financing

Budget & Financing

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US financial market & news review: Equities retreat, disaster help & WOTUS

Financial markets: US equity market finished lower, with the Dow unable to push its winning streak to six sessions on selling in shares of several sectors.

US Agricultural Policy Economy and Finance

Fed raises rates as expected; sticks with 3 for 2018

The range on the Fed funds rate has been increased by 25 basis points to a level of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent, with expectations that gradual rate increases will be in the offing ahead, according to the statement issued at the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

US Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

US day ahead - December 12, 2017: Alabama election & tax reform

The Alabama Senate special election is one focal point with USDA data another while the timeline for tax reform votes is shaping up.

US Agricultural Policy Political

US financial market & news review: Equity records, China plans & stock holdings

Financial markets: US equity markets focused their attention this week's Fed meeting and pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to record finishes.

US Agricultural Policy Economy and Finance

Trump infrastructure plan coming in January

The White House is preparing to finally release a much-delayed infrastructure rebuilding plan in January.

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Macroeconomic Perspectives: Inflation data in the week ahead

Inflation data and the Fed meeting conclusion are the two main focal points on the US economic front as we move through the second full week of December.
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Economy & Finance

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US financial market & news review: Equity records, tax reform, Evans' dissent & busy data week ahead

Financial markets: US equity markets ended higher with all three major indices notching record closes for the day but also weekly gains.

US Agricultural Policy Economy and Finance

US day ahead - December 15, 2017: Tax reform details & NAFTA

Final details of the conference report on tax reform are expected today but there is still uncertainty over the plan. Trade continues as a backdrop in Washington as technical talks have gone on this week in Washington.

US Agricultural Policy Tax Reform

US financial market & news review: Equities retreat, disaster help & WOTUS

Financial markets: US equity market finished lower, with the Dow unable to push its winning streak to six sessions on selling in shares of several sectors.

US Agricultural Policy Economy and Finance

US financial market & news review: Dow record, tax reform & nominations

Financial markets: US equity markets ended mixed, with the Dow notching a fifth session of gains and its fourth straight record finish as the S&P 500 was weaker and The Nasdaq rose.

US Agricultural Policy Economy and Finance

Fed raises rates as expected; sticks with 3 for 2018

The range on the Fed funds rate has been increased by 25 basis points to a level of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent, with expectations that gradual rate increases will be in the offing ahead, according to the statement issued at the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

US Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

Macroeconomic Perspectives: What to watch from FOMC

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting conclusion comes at 1 p.m. CT and they are widely expected to increase the range on the Fed funds rate by 25 basis points, putting it at 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent.

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Tax Policy

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US financial market & news review: Equity records, tax reform, Evans' dissent & busy data week ahead

Financial markets: US equity markets ended higher with all three major indices notching record closes for the day but also weekly gains.

US Agricultural Policy Economy and Finance

US day ahead - December 15, 2017: Tax reform details & NAFTA

Final details of the conference report on tax reform are expected today but there is still uncertainty over the plan. Trade continues as a backdrop in Washington as technical talks have gone on this week in Washington.

US Agricultural Policy Tax Reform

US day ahead - December 14, 2017: Tax reform & biofuels

Legislative language and getting another read from the Joint Committee on Taxation are the next steps for tax reform given the agreement among Republicans on final concepts. The hold on a key USDA nominee remains in the wake of a staff-level session on biofuels policy at the White House and governors are pressing the White House on NAFTA.

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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.

US Agricultural Policy Tax Reform

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.

US Agricultural Policy Tax Reform

Governor to sign Delaware estate tax repeal

Governor to sign Delaware estate tax repeal

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Land Prices

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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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USDA now sees rise in both net farm, net cash farm income for 2017

US net cash farm income is now forecast at $100.4 billion in 2017, up $11.2 billion (12.6 percent) compared to 2016 while net farm income is seen at $63.4 billion, up $1.9 billion (3.1 percent) compared to 2016, according to the Farm Sector Income Forecast from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Incomes

Some US Fed banks signal farmland value pressure continues

Farmland values still were reported to have declined in the second quarter of 2017 in two Federal Reserve Districts but a third reported a land-value increase for the period while all three banks – Kansas City, St Louis and Chicago –reported continued pressure on farm incomes and increased concern by bankers about the potential for additional stress for the US agricultural sector.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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CFTC announces penalties for Statoil, INTL FCStone firms for trading infractions

Orders settling charges against Statoil ASA for attempting to manipulate the Argus Far East Index (FEI) for propane prices and against INTL FCStone Financial and FCStone Merchant for reporting non-bona fide prices to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) were announced by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

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China suspends application of new health certificates on food imports

China has agreed to delay the implementation of controversial new food import rules by two years, following criticisms by its major trading partners that the rules were unfair and would disrupt trade.

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DOJ settles suit against California farmer

A $1.1 million settlement in the case involving California farmer John Duarte was announced by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) today, just as the matter was about to go to trial.

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