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New Round of Farm Aid for COVID Losses Announced, and Causes Snag in Congressional Spending Bill

Andrew Restuccia and Jesse Newman reported in Friday’s Wall Street Journal that, “President Trump unveiled $13 billion in new aid to farmers facing economic harm from the coronavirus pandemic as he aimed to boost support among rural voters at a…

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China: Corn Crop Impacted by Adverse Weather, as U.S. Wheat and Soybean Exports Increase

Reuters writers Hallie Gu and Gavin Maguire reported on Wednesday that, “China’s corn crop is expected to fall by up to 10 million tonnes, or nearly 4%, from the latest government estimates after heavy wind and rains toppled crops in major…

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Food Inflation Rose Sharply in Brazil- Highlighted by Rice and Soy Oil

The price of food has increased significantly in Brazil. The Broad Consumer Price Index (IPCA) rose 2.44% in 12 months, while food inflation rose 8.83%.  More specifically, the price of rice increased 19.2% in 2020, and soy oil rose 18.6%,…

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Executive Branch Highlights Ethanol in Waiver Denials and E15 Promise

Wall Street Journal writers Lindsay Wise and Andrew Restuccia reported on Monday that, “The Trump administration will deny oil refiners’ retroactive requests for exemptions from U.S. biofuel laws, a major boon for Iowa, the leading producer of biofuels and a…

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China, South Korea Ban German Pork Imports (Japan Suspends), After African Swine Fever Case Discovered

Late last week, Bloomberg writers Megan Durisin, Brian Parkin, and Isis Almeida reported that, “A deadly pig disease has materialized in Germany for the first time, threatening to hammer exports from Europe’s biggest hog-producing nation.”

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China Could Become Largest Corn Importer, While Soybean Variables Come Into Focus

Bloomberg News reported earlier this week that, “The corn harvest in [China] the world’s top producer after the U.S. is being closely watched as demand for hog and poultry feed expands and state reserves dwindle, pushing local prices to the…

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President Trump Instructs EPA to Deny Retroactive (“Gap-Year”) SRE (Small-Refinery Exemption) Waiver Requests

Reuters writers Stephanie Kelly, Jeff Mason and Jarrett Renshaw reported on Tuesday that, “U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed that dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws be denied amid concerns the issue could cut…

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