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House Ways And Means Committee Holds Hearing On Modernizing NAFTA
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NAFTA Talks Round 1 and Perdue Names Forest Service Chief

More talks on NAFTA on the way. A new face is joining the Forest Service. EPA fighting back against New York Times.

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Consumers Shop For Meat Products In Pennsylvania
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Japanese Beef Tariffs; Mexico Grain Shopping

**Japanese purchases of U.S. beef are about to be subject to a 50% tariff after imports in the three-month period ending June 30 triggered a “safeguard” mechanism...

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China Buys U.S. Soybeans; USDA Spending Cuts

**Democrats voiced strong objections to funding levels and legislative riders in the Interior/Environment spending bill, but saved amendments for this week when the full House Appropriations Committee will mark up the fiscal 2018 bill...

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Sugar Tax Proposed Following WHO Global Report On Diabetes
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EPA Ordered to Move on Methane Regs; Mexican Sugar Ban

**A court has ordered the EPA to move forward with regulations on methane pollution from oil and gas production.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 the agency improperly delayed compliance with a methane rule issued by the Obama administration in 2016 requiring oil and gas companies to be in compliance by June...

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Wheat Harvest Begins Amidst Hot Summer
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Brazil Cattle Market Down; USDA Helps Drought-Stricken Wheat Farmers

**The Senate Ag Committee has approved a bill to reauthorize the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which requires companies to pay fees to help fund registration applications and reviews conducted by the EPA...

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U.S. Honey Bee Numbers Up; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance

**EPA will extend the deadline to meet requirements of its new farmworker protection standard until guidance and training materials are ready to help states implement the changes...

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China’s Requirements for U.S. Beef Imports; Ethanol Flexibility

**US Meat Export Federation Asia Director Joel Haggard says U.S. beef export opportunities to China are hard to determine until we know more about what protocols they will require of U...

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Republican Senator’s Temporary Federal Job Ends

OLYMPIA  (AP) — Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen's temporary job with the Environmental Protection Agency has ended.

The Bellingham Herald reported Thursday that his 120-day post in the administration of President Donald Trump ended May 20

Ericksen, of Ferndale, had been appointed as communications director for the EPA transition team in January...

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President Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Environmental Regulation
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Trump Works on WOTUS and PA Immigration Raid

**The Trump administration is working quickly to withdraw the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule, but that may be the easy part.

EPA officials met last month with associations representing state and local agencies to outline the agency’s plans to first withdraw the WOTUS rule and replace it with something less expansive...

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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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