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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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Day ahead – August 15, 2019: China threatens a response to new US tariffs

China warned it would respond if new US tariffs take effect September 1 as scheduled. Meanwhile, a Japanese official said talks with the US toward a mini ag and auto trade deal are making progress and a Gallup poll revealed one in seven Americans use CBD-based products.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

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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 cheese exports to China slashed nearly 50% in first half of 2019

US cheese exports to China dropped by 46% during the first half of 2019, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reported this month.

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Day ahead – August 13, 2019: Trump presses Japan to buy more US farm goods

President Donald Trump has reportedly asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to purchase more US farm products. Meanwhile, USDA released several key market moving reports yesterday (August 12) and there is speculation the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could begin enforcing new food import regulations soon.

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US Washington week: USDA data, economic updates and trade keys ahead

The House and Senate are on recess, with both returning September 9. Gun control will be one of the topics when lawmakers come back in September along with finding a way to keep the government open beyond the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 that ends September 30.

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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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Food and grain industries blast USDA biotech crop proposal

Food and grain industry groups have issued scathing assessments of the Trump administration's proposal to overhaul USDA's biotech rules, warning the plan would frustrate consumers and lead to costly trade disruptions.

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