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Senate Confirmation Hearing for USTR Nominee Katherine C. Tai, China Issues in Focus

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee held a confirmation hearing for U.S. Trade Representative nominee Katherine C. Tai.

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Senate Confirms Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture

Reuters writer Tom Polansek reported on Tuesday that, “The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tom Vilsack to head the Department of Agriculture, returning the former Iowa governor to the job he held under ex-President Barack Obama.”

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EPA Supports Tenth Circuit’s Renewable Fuels Association Decision- Action Viewed As a “Win” for Farmers

Reuters writer Stephanie Kelly reported on Monday that, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that it agrees with an appeals court’s decision last year that cast doubt on a program that granted oil refiners exemptions to U.S. biofuel…

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The 2021 Outlook for U.S. Agriculture From USDA’s Chief Economist

Speaking on Thursday at USDA’s virtual Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer provided a broad outlook for U.S. agriculture.  Today’s update provides an overview of key aspects of Dr. Meyer’s presentation.

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Winter Storms Take Heavy Toll on Agriculture

Wall Street Journal writer Jacob Bunge reported on Thursday that, “Brutal winter weather continued to batter the U.S. agriculture industry, as companies and farmers contended with snow, ice and cold temperatures that disrupted processing, snarled transport and killed livestock across…

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USDA Agricultural Projections to 2030- Focus on Corn, Soybeans

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 10-year projections for the food and agricultural sector.

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Federal Reserve Ag Credit Surveys- 2020 Fourth Quarter Farm Economy Conditions

Last week, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the fourth quarter of 2020.

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