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EU Glyphosate Authorization to Appeal and Ag Research Funding

The European Union has once again declined to renew its authorization of glyphosate. Ag research is finding themselves in a communication breakdown. The outlook for corn production has been raised

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Clovis Withdraws Name and EPA Accused of ‘Sue and Settle’

Large grain trading firms are cutting spending as a result of low commodity prices. Industry groups federal agencies give in too easily and ‘settle’ when sued by environmental groups. Sam Clovis is no longer under consideration for a USDA undersecretary position

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Dow Passes 11,000 Mark for First Time Since 2001
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NFU Talks Ag Slump and Mexican Grain Imports

Market prices are down steeply from the commodity boom that ended in 2013. Buying U.S. farm commodities, making countries like Brazil and Argentina much more attractive to Mexican importers if the NAFTA talks fail, which would see higher cost. Fraudulent labeling continues to be a problem with organic imports.

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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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Farmers Work On Their Crops As Their Income Falls For The Second Year Running
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Florida Citrus Clean-up and Farmers Planting More Cover Crops

Citrus growers facing losses estimated to exceed $1 billion hurricane Irma. Farmers are planting more cover crops. $45-million research project that promises to boost crop yields 20% by improving photosynthetic efficiency.

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Despite Wobbly Economy, Midwestern Farmers Enjoy High Yields And Profits
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Lighthizer on NAFTA Talks and Senate’s Farm Bankruptcy Aid

Negotiations on a new NAFTA agreement are moving quickly. Soybean export started the new marketing year on a bullish pace. The Senate has unanimously passed legislation to assist farmers who have fallen on hard times financially.

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U.S. Farm Earnings Drop 14.6 Percent In Third Quarter AFter A Decline In Output
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Small Meat Processors and USDA Consolidation

Small meat processors had to adjust to realities imposed from outside the industry and U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to improve customer service and maximize efficiency.

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Texas Refineries Restart and Monsanto Dicamba Reaction

Texas refineries getting back on line after Hurricane Harvey and using modern tech. to label GMO foods.

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GDP Shows Economy Slowing, As Exports And Imports Fall
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Round Two of NAFTA Talks Complete; Harvey Disrupts Wheat Exports

More NAFTA talks going on. Hurricane Harvey putting delays in wheat exports.

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Iowa Farmers Harvest Crops As Colder Weather Brings Season's End Near
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Dow/Dupont Merger Final This Month; Corn/Soy Outlook Lower

The new Dow Chemical Company to split into three division. Sonny Perdue goes on the road to talk with farmers. Taking another look at 2017 corn production lookout.

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