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African Swine Fever Continues to Disrupt Markets

Recent news articles and government reports show that African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to have a disrupting impact on soybean and pork markets.  Today’s update highlights key points from several of these sources.

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Welcome News on Trade, But Unresolved Issues Linger

Executive branch policy action last week resulted in some very welcome good news for U.S. agriculture.  Metal import tariffs on Canada and Mexico were lifted, improving the outlook for the USMCA Agreement, and a decision to apply U.S. tariffs on…

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U.S., China Trade Dispute Escalates, While Some Trade Aid Details Emerge

The U.S., China trade dispute escalated this week, weighing on some agricultural markets.   Meanwhile, news reports indicate that the executive branch is working on additional trade aid for farmers negatively impacted by the ongoing dispute.  Today’s update highlights these…

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Federal Reserve Ag Credit Surveys- 2019 First Quarter Farm Economy Conditions

Last week, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City released updates regarding farm income, farmland values and agricultural credit conditions from the first quarter of 2019.  And earlier this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas released…

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U.S., China at Trade Impasse- President Trump Offers Policy Help for Farmers

Last week, the United States made good on a threat to increase trade tariffs on China.  Some agricultural markets roiled on the news, and President Trump offered policy assistance to U.S. farmers in a series of Tweets on Friday morning.…

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House Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing: “Reviewing the State of the Farm Economy”

On Thursday, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing titled, “Reviewing the State of the Farm Economy.” Today’s updates provides a brief recap of some of the issues that were discussed at the…

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President Trump Threatens More Tariffs on Chinese Goods- Implementation Planned for Friday

Reuters writers Jeff Mason and David Shepardson reported this week that, “President Donald Trump dramatically increased pressure on China to reach a trade deal by announcing on Sunday he would hike U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods…

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