**Researchers at the University of California, Davis, are studying agave plants as a potential drought-tolerant option for California farmers.

The research is centered on agave genetics, virus susceptibility, pest control, soil management and crop productivity.

Agave, used to produce tequila and mezcal in Mexico, can be distilled into spirits, used as a fiber or converted into a sweetener.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Visits China
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**The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing over concerns of foreign influence on American agriculture, specifically the influence of China.

Ranking Member David Scott says keep in mind that China is an important trading partner to the U.S.

The Georgia Democrats says we need a thorough and policy-heavy conversation so we can help American farmers and our agricultural system navigate this issue.

He also pointed out China is America’s largest trading partner.

Record Heat Wave Exacerbates Devastating Drought In Central U.S.
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**The National Corn Growers Association expressed concern and disappointment with the EPA’s final 2027-2032 tailpipe emissions standards.

NCGA says the plan still relies almost exclusively on using electric vehicles, a decision that will have long-lasting impacts on the rural economy because it ignores the benefits of ethanol.

Economists say the large drop in corn demand will lead to a permanent 50% decrease in the price of corn which could cost well over $100 billion in farmland value.

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