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Blockchain pilots continue to spring up around the globe

While the successful Walmart/IBM pilot program has gotten a lot of publicity in recent months, there are other companies testing blockchain for different reasons across the globe, say Laura Jehl and Robert Musiala Jr., attorneys and blockchain specialists with BakerHostetler.

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Day ahead – August 24, 2018: Farmer aid plan timeframe, no breakthrough in US-China talks, positive train control system progress

US ag interests will now have to wait until Monday to get details on the aid plan drawn up by USDA to help farmers impacted by trade actions. Meanwhile, two days of talks in Washington between the US and China failed to result in any major breakthroughs and freight railroads have shown progress toward implementing positive train control (PTC) systems.

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Day ahead – August 22, 2018: Mixed signals on US-Mexico NAFTA deal, South Africa poultry import quota, trucking hours of service rule

Mixed signals have been seen over potential US-Mexico agreement on a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0) deal. Meanwhile, the US poultry industry said it would push for retaliation if South Africa suspends an import quota for US poultry and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking public comment on changes to hours of service rules for truckers.

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Infrastructure

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USDA announces more rural electric infrastructure investments

Another $398.5 million worth of investments to update rural electric infrastructure were announced by USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today (Sept. 19).

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USDA announces $392 million in rural water, wastewater infrastructure investments

Some $392 million worth of investments made via USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program (WWD) across 42 states, intended to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure, were announced on Aug. 14.

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USDA touts rural water, wastewater infrastructure investments across 23 states

Over $124 million worth of investments made via USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program (WWD) across 23 states, intended to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure, were announced by the department Aug. 14.

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Agribusiness

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Are EU farmers losing the international productivity race?

Agricultural productivity in the European Union is slipping behind productivity gains in other major farm producing and exporting nations, most notably the United States, Brazil and China, according to research by the agro-chemical industry.

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Day ahead – September 21, 2018: No agreement yet after US-Canada NAFTA talks, Cargill beef recall, Rep. Issa tapped for trade post

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Canada to be at a scheduled event on Friday (today) without reaching a final agreement in the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. Meanwhile, Cargill recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products over possible E.Coli contamination and the White House is set to name retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to head the US Trade and Development Agency.

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Hurricane Florence ag losses come into view, USDA responds

Ag losses, particularly for poultry and hogs, are coming into view in parts of South and North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence, with USDA announcing a special signup period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in certain South Carolina counties.

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