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‘Good year’ for ag during long-running Iowa legislative session

Iowa Farmer Today - May 16, 2018 - 3:00pm
DES MOINES — When someone finally brought down the gavel on the 2018 session of the Iowa legislature and turned out the lights on the night of May 5, agricultural officials breathed a sigh.
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‘Start selling so dollars come in,’ Argentine soybean farmers are told

Iowa Farmer Today - May 16, 2018 - 7:17am
Facing a sell-off of the peso, President Mauricio Macri was hoping Argentina’s biggest source of dollars would show up to return a favor. Instead, he got a slap in the face.
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First quarter of 2018 good start for beef exports

Iowa Farmer Today - May 16, 2018 - 6:30am
Beef exports continued to grow in the first quarter.
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Trump said to mull ways to boost biofuel market transparency

Iowa Farmer Today - May 15, 2018 - 3:11pm
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ask for advice on whether — and how — to boost the transparency of an opaque $9 billion market in biofuel compliance credits amid allegations of manipulation, said two people familiar with the move.
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Contentious farm bill sparks bipartisan demands for revisions

Iowa Farmer Today - May 15, 2018 - 8:03am
Farm legislation usually has enough incentives to satisfy everyone across the partisan divide in Congress. Not this year.
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Farmers treat most soybean acres with herbicides

Iowa Farmer Today - May 14, 2018 - 5:02pm
Farmers in the 16 major soybean-producing states used herbicides on 95 percent of their planted soybean acres in 2017, down 1 percentage point from 2015 usage, USDA reported.
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Production may push cattle prices lower

Iowa Farmer Today - May 14, 2018 - 4:22pm
Beef production, in particular, could provide substantial year-over-year increases in meat supplies.
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Sugar's largest surplus means the bulls have disappeared

Iowa Farmer Today - May 14, 2018 - 4:14pm
More than 500 sugar traders, growers, brokers, millers, exporters and fund managers descended on New York for Sugar Week — and it was hard to find a bull among them.
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Here's why Trump is looking to seal a new NAFTA deal soon

Iowa Farmer Today - May 14, 2018 - 4:12am
Trade negotiators meet their target dates about as often as meteorologists accurately predict the weather. But the Trump administration will soon bump against a deadline that will determine the fate of its NAFTA plans.
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Barometer declines for second month in a row

Iowa Farmer Today - May 11, 2018 - 3:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by James Mintert, David Widmar and Michael Langemeier for the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer April monthly report.
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Ag candidates stake positions at forum

Iowa Farmer Today - May 11, 2018 - 8:29am
ANKENY, Iowa — By now the candidates for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture know each other well.
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Weather-roiling La Niña is dead, but watch out for El Niño

Iowa Farmer Today - May 11, 2018 - 7:40am
A weather pattern known as La Niña that has worsened drought conditions across the U.S. Great Plains has faded, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center. But it could be replaced late this year by one called El Niño, which…
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U.S. Congress needs notice of NAFTA deal by next week, Ryan says

Iowa Farmer Today - May 10, 2018 - 5:05pm
Paul Ryan says he needs notice of a NAFTA deal by May 17 if the current Congress is going to be able to vote on it, suggesting talks are pushing up against the constraints of American trade law.
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China food giant is said to expand in Brazil amid U.S. tensions

Iowa Farmer Today - May 10, 2018 - 1:59pm
China’s food giant Cofco International is positioning itself to increase soybean purchases from Brazil as trade tensions escalate between the U.S. and the Asian nation, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
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Grassley: Any E15 change won’t take effect until 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - May 10, 2018 - 7:00am
While he is still optimistic the Trump administration will approve year-round E15 fuel blends, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley doesn’t think it will happen in time to put the product on the market this summer.
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Parties to White House biofuel deal disagree what's agreed

Iowa Farmer Today - May 9, 2018 - 7:19am
A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round sales of higher-ethanol gasoline in exchange for possible policy changes to rein in compliance costs for refiners.
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Monsanto departures mark end of era with Bayer deal imminent

Iowa Farmer Today - May 7, 2018 - 2:17pm
It’s the end of era at Monsanto Co. after executives including Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant and the seed giant’s scientific leader, Robb Fraley, announced plans to depart after the company’s takeover by Germany’s Bayer AG.
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U.S.-China trade talks end with key differences still unresolved

Iowa Farmer Today - May 4, 2018 - 7:27am
Two days of U.S.-China trade discussions ended in Beijing on Friday with an agreement to keep on talking, and little else.
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Here's what the U.S., China demanded of each other on trade

Iowa Farmer Today - May 4, 2018 - 7:01am
The U.S. and China issued long lists of demands at talks in Beijing this week to resolve the simmering trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies.
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How the U.S. and China reached the brink of a trade war

Iowa Farmer Today - May 3, 2018 - 7:06am
Chinese finance officials had high expectations entering the first major meeting with new American counterparts last summer. President Donald Trump had feted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort a few months earlier, suggesting the two nations would enjoy…
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