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China Buys U.S. Soybeans; USDA Spending Cuts

**Democrats voiced strong objections to funding levels and legislative riders in the Interior/Environment spending bill, but saved amendments for this week when the full House Appropriations Committee will mark up the fiscal 2018 bill...

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Government Launches Rural Broadband Network Initiative
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Rural Broadband Gets White House Attention; Chinese Chicken Safety

**The need for high-speed internet in rural America is getting increased attention from the White House and Congress as they look at passing a sweeping infrastructure initiative next year...

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Eggs: realistic approach to food ingredients. Three white
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Retail Egg Prices Reach New Lows; Another Soda Tax

**Retail prices for generic, white eggs are reaching the lowest levels we’ve seen in a long time because of overproduction.

The volatile egg market stems from the Bird Flu outbreak in 2015 that killed nearly 50 million hens and turkeys in the Midwest...

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Sugar Tax Proposed Following WHO Global Report On Diabetes
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EPA Ordered to Move on Methane Regs; Mexican Sugar Ban

**A court has ordered the EPA to move forward with regulations on methane pollution from oil and gas production.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 the agency improperly delayed compliance with a methane rule issued by the Obama administration in 2016 requiring oil and gas companies to be in compliance by June...

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Farmers Decide Yea Or Nay On Genetically Modified Crops
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Trump Calls Ag American Backbone; USTR Wants Speedy NAFTA

**During a visit with Ag leaders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last week, President Trump delivered an optimistic campaign-style speeches embracing farmers and ranchers as the “backbone of America...

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US Biotech Crops
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Debate Grows on Glyphosate; Ag Criticizes Obama’s Biotech Regulations

**The already controversial decision by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, determining the widely used herbicide glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans, is now subject to more debate...

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Meat Prices Expected To Increase Higher Due To Midwest Flooding
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Zinke, Trump Aim for Energy Dominance; Beef Packers Certified to China

**Explaining a new focus for U.S. energy policy, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he and President Trump are going beyond “energy independence” to pursue “energy dominance,” and fossil fuels and coal will certainly be part of the mix...

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Yearly Corn Production Estimate Increased By USDA
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U.S.-China Beef Export Requirements; USDA Major Crop Estimates

**USDA requirements for exporting U.S. beef to China are out, opening a key market that’s been closed for more than 13 years.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Thad Lively says the requirements for China still go beyond those imposed by most international destinations, and will include testing for residues from synthetic hormones and beta agonists...

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The Heartland Enters Harvest Season
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Marketing Beef to Millennials; Soybean Acreage Overtakes Wheat

**A major generational shift is beginning to impact how beef is displayed and sold, forcing grocers to adapt and keep up with new preferences...

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Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery General Views
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U.S.-Mexico Sugar Talks; Perdue in Canada

* The U.S. and Mexico announced a preliminary agreement on a new system to regulate the flow of Mexican sugar into the U.S., but the U.S. sugar refiners and farmers are not supporting the deal...

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