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Day ahead – May 18, 2018: China drops probe into US sorghum shipments, immigration surfaces in House farm bill debate

China ended an antidumping and antisubsidy investigation into US sorghum, dialing back trade tensions as high-level officials continue trade talks. Meanwhile, immigration policy continues to be part of the House farm bill debate, with some Republicans demanding a vote on the Goodlatte immigration reform plan in exchange for their yes vote on the farm bill.
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Day ahead – May 17, 2018: House decides on farm bill amendments, US-China talks continue, WOTUS timeline shifts again

The House cleared just a few amendments to the farm bill, a win for Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, US-China trade discussions continue and the timeline for replacing for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule has shifted again.

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Day ahead – May 16, 2018: House to debate farm bill, Pruitt faces lawmakers, NAFTA deal may miss deadline

The House is slated to begin debate on its version of the Farm Bill today (May 16), while in the Senate, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt is will to face questions from lawmakers over recent ethics issues and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In addition, there are signs a deal on updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will miss a May 17 legislative deadline suggested by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

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Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

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Day ahead – May 15, 2018: US, China nearing deal on trade issues, Trump pushes for quick NAFTA wrap up

The US and China are reportedly nearing a deal to resolve trade issues, including a US ban on imports of products from Chinese telecom ZTE. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is pushing Canada for a quick wrap up of talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) will hold a hearing on proposed tariffs on Chinese goods.

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Day ahead – May 14, 2018: House Farm Bill amendments filed, work on NAFTA, China trade issues continues

A total of 103 amendments were filed for the House Farm Bill, with a vote possible this week if GOP leaders can corral enough support for passage. Meanwhile, an informal deadline approaches for the submission of NAFTA 2.0 details to Congress and US-China trade talks continue with a major focus on agriculture.
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EU to implement Brazilian poultry ban

An EU-wide ban on importing poultry products from some of the biggest suppliers in Brazil will come into force later this week.

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US Washington week ahead: House farm bill, China & NAFTA 2.0 talks all key

The House is scheduled to vote on a new farm bill this week while US-China trade discussions and more NAFTA 2.0 sessions are on tap as Congress returns to Washington.
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Day ahead – May 11, 2018: House Speaker Paul Ryan gives May 17 deadline for NAFTA 2.0 submission, House farm bill action continues

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gave a deadline of May 17 for submission of a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to Congress if a vote is to take place this year. Meanwhile, the deadline for filing amendments to the House farm bill has arrived and US-China trade issues continue to swirl.

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