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Branstad Confirmed as Ambassador to China; Cuts to Crop Insurance
**The Senate voted 82 to 13 Monday to approve President Trump’s choice of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China.
Senate leaders say Branstad will now be tasked with a portfolio that is important not only for our diplomatic relationship with China, but also for our t…
U.S. Mexico Sugar Dispute; Trump Paris Accord Promise
**The U.S. seems to have the upper hand in the sugar dispute with Mexico because, according to industry officials, its refiners would be happy to get their needed imports from elsewhere.
The U.S. is demanding Mexico agree to a new suspension agreement that limits the amount of Mexican sugar exports i…
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 inste…
Farm Credit Strong and Britain Gives BREXIT Notice
**Farm incomes continue to drop and producers are having tougher times paying back loans, but the overarching agricultural credit system remains strong and bankers are doing what they can to help borrowers survive.
That was the cohesive message presented by some of the biggest names in farm banking t…
Who Owns the Most Farmland; Iran Will Not Import Wheat.
A USDA report shows non-farming landlords own 80 percent of rented farmland. The National Ag Statistics Service released the results of the 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agriculture Land survey. USDA reported ag producers rented and farmed 353...

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