The $43 billion deal between Syngenta and Chem China has some farmers believing it will be beneficial the WSJ reports. The paper cites U.S. farmers’ complex relationship with China, whose economic growth has spurred demand for agricultural commodities .Some farmers are optimistic that the deal will force China to take a more direct interest in the fortunes of U.S. farmers. Others remain wary of China’s regulatory system that some have seen prioritizing national interests at U.S. farmers’ expense. Some US lawmakers have warned the deal could pose new food-security concerns.

WSU veterinarians confirm one equine herpes case. Washington State has one confirmed case of equine herpes virus. State veterinarian Scott Haskell said this strain responds to vaccinations and that at this time the state does not recommend any equine event closures.

California farmer John Duarte is continuing his legal fight against the Army Corps of Engineers who is pressing the WOTUS Rule on Duarte. Duarte Warns that this could happen to any farmer in America as his legal fees near the 1.5 million dollar mark.

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