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Wet Spring and Fall Complicating 2019 Harvest, and Could Impact 2020 Planting- Compounding Difficulties

Grace Zaplatynsky reported on Friday at the Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) Online that, “This year has not been the greatest year for farmers with the soaked spring and now the cold and early snow in fall.”

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Roll Back of Tariffs Stymie Phase One Trade Talks with China

Josh Zumbrun, William Mauldin and Chao Deng reported on the front page of Friday’s Wall Street Journal that, “Beijing’s announcement Thursday that the U.S. and China have mutually agreed to roll back tariffs as part of a ‘phase one’ trade accord…

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China “Scouring the World for Meat” as African Swine Fever Impacts Protein Markets

Bloomberg News reported last week that, “Tang Jie, who works on a pig farm, says he used to get pork from the wet market near his home every day. But he hasn’t bought any in two months. And his favorite…

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Corn, Soybean Harvest Slowest Since 2009- Capping Off Difficult Growing Year, Propane Supply a Concern

Late last month, Des Moines Register writer Donnelle Eller reported that, “Rain has slowed the harvest across the state in recent days. National Weather Service data for Des Moines showed that central Iowa on [October 23rd] matched the October rainfall record…

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USDA Baseline Background, Outlook, and Recent Projections

Last week, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released a report discussing the USDA’s baseline, while the USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) released selected tables from the Department’s Agricultural Projections to 2029. Today’s update highlights aspects from both the…

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China’s Ag Import Capacity Considered as Phase One Trade Talks Continue

Reuters writers Heather Timmons and Hallie Gu reported last week that, “U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war,…

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Small-Refinery Exemptions Discussed at House Committee Hearing

Reuters writer Richard Valdmanis reported this week that, “The U.S. oil and corn industries continued a long-running public battle over America’s biofuels policy on Tuesday during a Congressional hearing about the Trump administration’s use of ‘secret waivers’ for refineries.

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