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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

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Brazil to implement US wheat TRQ, allow US pork imports

Trade-related commitments between the US and Brazil for US pork and wheat were announced following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House today (March 19).

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Day ahead – March 19, 2019: China could triple US farm good purchases

China could triple its US farm good purchases over the next five years, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, Perdue will ring the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and a US congressional delegation is traveling to China to discuss trade.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.

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Day ahead – March 18, 2019: Trump-Xi meeting may be pushed back to June

A meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be pushed back until June, according to reports. Meanwhile, Reuters said Brazil is considering a tariff rate quota (TRQ) for US wheat, and Canada bolstered its efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from entering the country.

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US Washington week ahead: Congress out with trade, Fed policy in focus

The House and Senate are both on a week-long break, returning the week of March 25.

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Day ahead – March 15, 2019: No Trump-Xi meeting this month: Mnuchin

A meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not take place this month, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Meanwhile, Mnuchin also said he expects the Section 232 metal tariffs issue to be worked out with Canada and Mexico and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved more Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers.

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House members to Lighthizer: No ag in US-EU talks 'unacceptable'

Headwinds for US-European Union (EU) trade negotiations are building on both sides of the Atlantic, with US lawmakers demanding agriculture be included in talks and European members of parliament voicing anger over US steel and aluminum tariffs.

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UK to seek three-month delay to Brexit

The United Kingdom is to ask the EU to delay its exit from the Union until at least June 30 – or significantly longer if a Withdrawal Agreement is not finally approved by the UK Parliament by the middle of next week.

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