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Tyson Foods Makes Offer For Hillshire Brands
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Shareholders Approve Chem-China Purchase of Syngenta; Tyson Stocks Tumble

**Syngenta shareholders have accepted ChemChina’s $43 billion offer to buy the company, tendering more than enough shares to allow the transaction to go forward...

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2018 Farm Bill to Stretch Every Dollar; Changes to Canada Dairy

**Members of the Senate Ag Committee say they’ll need to stretch every dollar allocated in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Regardless of the crops they grow, the Michigan farmers who testified at a Farm Bill hearing Saturday said a strong safety net program was at the top of their priority list...

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Farmers Decide Yea Or Nay On Genetically Modified Crops
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FDA to Redefine “Healthy”; Ag Lenders Expect Rise in Loan Demand

**The FDA will have to sift through hundreds of comments containing often-conflicting advice as it tries to redefine the term “healthy” for use on food products...

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Senator Dick Durbin Tours New Healthy Lunch In Schools Program
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USDA Holds Changes to School Lunches; FFA Questions Perdue

**USDA is putting a hold on regulations in the National School Lunch Program requiring less salt and more whole grains in cafeterias.

At an elementary school in Leesburg, Virginia, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue also said USDA will lift restrictions to allow schools to serve flavored, 1 percent milk instead of the non-fat now required by law...

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Meat Demand Is Up; Ag Employers to Invest in Employees

**The USDA’s latest cold storage report showed strong retail and export demand for meat.

Pork was down 10% on the year, despite record pork production during March, including a 68% drop in bellies, and beef supplies were 4% lower, even after a 7% year to year increase in production last month...

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John Deere Reports Lower Quarterly Profits
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EPA Asked to Stop Analyzing Insecticides; Tractor Sales Up

**Three big names are asking the Interior and Commerce departments to stop analyzing the effects of three widely used insecticides on endangered species, arguing that EPA evaluations have overstated the risks to wildlife and the process used is deeply flawed...

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