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U.S. Meat Sales Expected to reach $100B by 2021; USDA Expanding Crop Insurance

**A market research firm says U.S. meat sales will reach nearly $100 billion dollars by 2021.

“Packaged Facts” reports demand for animal protein will continue to grow in the face of challenges from plant-based protein alternatives...

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Snow Damages Kansas Wheat and Branstad Ambassador to China

**A foot of snow fell on a good chunk of the western Kansas wheat crop last weekend, striking a devastating blow to a region known for robust wheat production...

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Cotton Harvest
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Cotton Prices Push Acreage; Pruitt Promises “Rule of Law”

** Expecting higher prices, U.S. cotton farmers are planning to sow 12.2 million acres this year, up 21 percent from last year.

Friday’s USDA report says the estimate is also up from the 11...

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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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Obama Administration Authorizes EPA To Tighten Regulation Of Emissions
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Tariff on Mexican Imports and Natural Gas in Mexico

The Trump administration is considering a 20% tax on Mexican imports to finance a border wall … and that has U.S. farm groups worrying about retaliation and possibly losing a major foreign market for rice, wheat, dairy, pork and many other Ag commodities...

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Farmers Association To Announce Grain Harvest Results
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Trade Concerns with China and Another Ag Secretary Name

Chief Ag negotiator for the office of US Trade, Representative Darci Vetter wants the playing field with China leveled for American farmers.

The Obama Administration has accused China of failing to meet its World Trade Organization market access commitments for rice, wheat, and corn and recently issued a trade enforcement challenge...

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Wheat Harvest Begins Amidst Hot Summer
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Feds Close Investigation of Genetically Engineered Wheat

The USDA Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service closed its investigation into genetically engineered wheat showing up in a Washington state farm field...

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Urban Gardening Growing In Popularity
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Urban Farming Cooperatives Grow Due to Urban Agriculture Act of 2016

Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, rolled out legislation on Monday that would increase assistance for urban farmers according to agri-pulse Washington watch...

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California Agriculture Faces Challenges As Drought Continues
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No Evidence of Genetically Engineered Wheat in Commerce After Discovery of GE On Washington Farm

In a press release issued Friday, the USDA stated that they have confirmed the discovery by a farmer of 22 genetically engineered (GE) wheat plants growing in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington state...

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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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