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Iowa Freedom Summit Features GOP Presidential  Hopefuls
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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 trade policy

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Sugar Tax Proposed Following WHO Global Report On Diabetes
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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...

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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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Uninsured Family Of Farmers Plans To Opt Out Of Affordable Health Care Act
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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...

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Somerset House Opens Major Exhibition Big Bang Data
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Farmers and Ranchers Want Control of Their Data; Strong U.S. Dollar Drags Exports

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released the results of a survey that shows America’s farmers and ranchers want to control their data...

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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...

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U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Fell; National Farmers Union Like New Spending Bill

The National Farmers Union commended the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for passing a spending bill that did not include a rider prohibiting funding for implementation of regulations ensuring fairness in marketing...

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The Debate Begins on Trade Promotion Legistlation; Food Retailer Wants Antibiotics Usage Curb

By a vote of 62 to 38 the Senate invoked cloture to begin debate on trade promotion authority legislation last Thursday. The motion allows 30-hours of debate on an amendment to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank...

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House Subcommittee Trying to Stop EPA’s Clear Water Rule; Stronger U.S. Dollar Could See More Export Corn

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Chairs introduced legislation this week to stop EPA from finalizing the clean water rule it sent to the Office of Management and Budget last week...

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Workforce Act Challenged; Cuba Visit Continues

There is strong opposition to the Legal Workforce Act currently being considered in the House Judiciary Committee. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition - comprised of more than 70 agricultural organizations - says any bill mandating E-Verify must only come after or in conjunction with legislation to address the labor crisis America’s farmers, ranchers and growers currently face...

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