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Consumers Shop For Meat Products In Pennsylvania
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U.S.-China Beef Trade Agreement; USDA Production 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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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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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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