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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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Pruitt’s Reassurance on RFS; Monsanto-Arkansas Dicamba Fued

Monsanto’s petition to stop Arkansas’ ban on the company’s XtendiMax dicamba herbicide for 2018. USDA states cattle total numbers were up 13% from a year ago. Seven farm state Senate Republicans are concerned about the implement of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Farm Bill Requests and Dicamba Restricted in 2018

Ag committees are sorting through dozens of requests for increased Farm Bill funding. USDA reports corn and soybean export sales were above most pre-report estimates, while wheat sales were below expectations.

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Dairies Hit Before Irma’s Arrival; Russia’s Record Wheat Crop

Florida's Dairy industries was preparing for feed storage long before Hurricane Irma arrived. Russian wheat exports increasing and

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Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall On Middle Texas Coast
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Market Confused by Harvey; USTR & Trump Agree on NAFTA

Harvey is puzzling to the US commodity market. There is some agreements to NAFTA.

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Farmers Decide Yea Or Nay On Genetically Modified Crops
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USDA’s GMO Labeling; Dow Studies Dicamba Improvements

**To help determine how to implement the GMO labeling law signed into law last year, USDA’s Ag Marketing Service has questioned stakeholders on topics from how to deal with allowable thresholds for bioengineered substances TO the specific labeling language allowed...

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Epic Flooding Inundates Houston After Hurricane Harvey
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Harvey Hits Grain Exports; Nat’l Monuments Report

Harvey's effect is long reaching impact

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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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Ag Committee on Farm Bill; Trade Talks Under Trump

Budget Limitations is the biggest obstacle for the upcoming Farm Bill. American Foreign Service Association looking to expand ag trade. Taxes on sweetened beverages to avoid funding cuts.

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