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Iowa Senators stress USMCA benefits for pork industry

Ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is "imperative to the health and prosperity of the pork industry," Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley (R) and Joni Ernst (R) wrote in an op-ed this week. Meanwhile, other farm state lawmakers continue to defend their positions on the accord as they attend public events in their districts during the August recess.

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Day ahead – August 14, 2019: Trump hits Japan on trade deficit

President Donald Trump hit Japan over its trade deficit with the US during a speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday (August 13). Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested gathering information on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner waivers from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and Oregon enacted a new animal welfare law affecting egg production.

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US delays new tariffs on some Chinese goods

There are new signs that US-China trade tensions may be easing, if only slightly, after the US announced a delay for new tariffs on certain Chinese imports and China reported a phone call between high-level US and China trade officials Tuesday (August 13).

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AFGE reaches deal with USDA to temper impact of ERS, NIFA relocations

Provisions aimed at reducing the impacts for Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) employees selected for relocation from Washington, DC, to the Kansas City area were secured in an agreement between USDA and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

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Trump administration overhauls rules to protect endangered species

The Trump administration on Monday (Aug. 12) finalized far-reaching changes to how the federal government implements and enforces the Endangered Species Act (ESA), revamping rules that govern listing decisions, designation of critical habitat and interagency consultations.

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EPA waiver moves leave biofuel proponents dismayed

EPA's announcement that it granted 31 small refiner exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the 2018 compliance year has biofuel supporters fuming and again questioning President Donald Trump's stated commitment to defend current US biofuel policy.

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Indonesia’s ban on forest clearance made permanent

Indonesia’s moratorium on new forest clearance - first introduced in 2011 and repeatedly extended - has been made permanent.

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Biofuel supporters press Trump on biofuel policy commitments

Pressure continues on President Donald Trump to "uphold" his commitments on biofuel policy in a joint August 7 op-ed by National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Lynn Chrisp and American Soybean Association (ASA) President Davie Stephens, while the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) cited new data detailing the impact of year-round E15 sales and small refinery exemptions (SREs).

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Trade tensions, Farm Bill topics at Minnesota farm event attended by Perdue

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue appeared with House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) at Farmfest in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, Wednesday along with several House members for a listening session at the annual farmer gathering, with trade policy and the 2018 Farm Bill two topics high on attendees' minds.

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