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NAFTA Talks re Ag Tariffs; Hoof & Mouth Vaccines

**All signs point to a full-speed-ahead renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the U.S. meat sector is hopeful the three governments involved will be amenable to the ag sector’s desire, for the most part, to be left alone...

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Google Launches City's Free WiFi Network
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Perdue Likes Renegotiation of NAFTA; Broadband in Rural America

**After newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week that President Trump intends to renegotiate NAFTA, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue gave his stamp of approval...

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Organic Grain Imports; Beginning Farmers

An economist says organic grain imports are limiting the ability of U.S. farmers to supply the domestic market.

CoBank’s Dan Kowalski tells Brownfield premiums for organic grain are becoming increasingly volatile as organic imports have surged in the last year...

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The Heartland Enters Harvest Season
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AG Urged to Stop Chem Mergers; Regs on Livestock and Grain Trucking

More than 300 groups are asking newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to thoroughly investigate, and then stop, the proposed mergers involving six major ag chemical companies...

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President Obama Delivers Speech At Gran Teatro In Havana
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Cuban Embargo and a New Pasture Clover

The president of an advocacy group lobbying to end the embargo on Cuba says he’s optimistic about working with the Trump administration.

James Williams with Engage Cuba says the President-elect was elected by Rural Americans, many of whom have strong ties to the agricultural community...

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Wheat Harvest Begins Amidst Hot Summer
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Prices Heading Down for Food, Feed Crops, Paris Economists Say

Get ready for lower prices.

Agri-Pulse is reporting that economists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) a Paris-based group of analysts who work with the UN Food and Ag Organizaiton say that the decline in prices for food and feed crops, livestock and fish products are evidence that an “era of high prices is quite likely over for all sub-sectors...

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5 Year Outlook for Livestock Producers “Good Times”; New Bing Crop Down 4%

The Purdue-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer for May is in and the results found farmers and ranchers less optimistic than April. Some of the decline in producers’ sentiment during May was attributable to changing perceptions about the livestock sector...

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Canada Says TPP will Claim Jobs; Overuse of Antibiotics an Public Health Problem

Turkey Farmers of Canada, an organization representing Canada’s 500 plus turkey farms, says imports allowed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership will hurt the Canadian turkey industry...

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Endangered Species List Gets Mixed Reaction; Canada Seeking $3 Billion Tariffs Against USA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the greater sage grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. But, in a mixed announcement, the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service also announced their decision to move forward with land management plans which address sage grouse populations across the birds’ 184 million acre range...

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Universities to Receive Grants Supporting Water Issues; Crate, Cage-Free Meats to Be Used in Breakfast Sandwiches

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than 10-million dollars being awarded through 21 grants to universities to support critical water problems in rural and ag watersheds across the nation...

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