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  • USDA Mailing Trade Aid Checks
    Farmers are seeing payments from the first round of the latest trade aid in the mailbox. Farm Service Agency director Richard Fordyce says the first payments are being mailed out now, and farmers are reporting receiving the
  • CBO: Trade War to Slow Economic Growth
    The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office says the trade war will slow economic growth, adding more fears of a possible recession. The CBO says tariffs, which reduce U.S. gross domestic product through higher prices, reduces consumer purchasing power.
  • Canada-China Relations Strain over Politics, Trade
    While the U.S. continues its trade war negotiations with China, Canada’s relations with China are straining, as well. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’  won’t back down’ to various disputes with China. Meanwhile, China, which has
  • U.S. Wheat: Trade Deal with Japan Would Ensure Competitiveness
    U.S. Wheat Associates says a trade deal with Japan would allow U.S. wheat to fairly compete with wheat from other nations exported to Japan. Currently, under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, Japan’s effective tariffs on Canadian
  • Soy Groups Seek Meeting with Trump on Waivers
      The National Biodiesel Board and American Soybean Association have requested a meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss small refinery exemptions. In a letter to the President, NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen  and ASA President Davie Stephens
  • Senators Request USDA IT Review from GAO
      As farmers report information technology problems with Department of Agriculture programs, two farm-state senators are asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate. Senate Democrats Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both of Michigan, penned a letter to
  • China Hopeful U.S. Will Meet Halfway in Trade Talks
    China is hopeful the U.S. will meet them “halfway” in trade negotiations. In a daily news conference, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed hope the two sides could “find a mutually-acceptable solution” through trade negotiations. China maintains
  • USDA Pulls Employees from Crop Tour Following Threat
    Farmer angst spread to Pro Farmer’s Midwest Crop Tour Wednesday. The Department of Agriculture pulled all personnel from the tour after an angry farmer allegedly threatened a USDA employee over the phone. Pro Farmer says the threat