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Despite Wobbly Economy, Midwestern Farmers Enjoy High Yields And Profits
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Farm Foreclosures Feared; Monsanto Dicamba Complaint

Bankers are expecting an increase in farm loan foreclosures. Arkansas Ag officials are being sued due to a proposed ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage. an increase in farm loan foreclosures is expected by some bankers. Cargill is expanding, signed an agreement to buy Diamond V.

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Wheat Harvest Begins Amidst Hot Summer
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US Wheat Association Closing Cairo Office, Dairy In NAFTA Talks

U.S. Wheat Associates will close its office in Cairo, Egypt December 1. But will continue trade service to wheat buyers in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region on a targeted basis. Canadian dairy policies were brought up during the recently concluded 4th round of NAFTA renegotiations. Meatpacker JBS reportedly has closed seven of its packing plants in Brazil.

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Pruitt’s Reassurance on RFS; Monsanto-Arkansas Dicamba Fued

Monsanto’s petition to stop Arkansas’ ban on the company’s XtendiMax dicamba herbicide for 2018. USDA states cattle total numbers were up 13% from a year ago. Seven farm state Senate Republicans are concerned about the implement of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Ag Productivity by 2050 and Budget Without Farm Bill Cuts

The expanding Agriculture productivity is not expanding fast enough to sustainably feed the world by 2050. Fiscal 2018 budget blueprint approved by the House earlier this month included instructions to reduce agriculture spending by $10 billion. EPA abandoning proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Rim Fire Continues To Burn Near Yosemite National Park
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Winter Weather and USTR on NAFTA Talks

U.S. Forest Service states that the acres burn due to wildfires of Oregon and Washington this year, 55% more than last year, and in California, 57% over 2016. Critics of crop insurance want subsidies and support cut. NAFTA talks run into to road blocks.

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Farmers Association To Announce Grain Harvest Results
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GIPSA Pulls Fair Practice Rule; EPA’s RFS Reductions

The USDA announced last week it plans to pull an interim Final Farmer Fair Practice Rule. Anne Dawson, with the USDA Foreign Ag Service, has been named recipient of the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award. Four GOP governors have written to President Trump with concerns about the EPA’s recently proposed reductions to the Renewable Fuels Standard.

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