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China is said to be preparing to buy U.S. LNG and soybeans again

Iowa Farmer Today - December 5, 2018 - 7:09am
Chinese officials have begun preparing to restart imports of U.S. soybeans and liquefied natural gas, the first sign confirming the claims of President Donald Trump and the White House that China had agreed to start buying some U.S. products "immediately."
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The Trump-Xi truce questions that are leaving markets flummoxed

Iowa Farmer Today - December 4, 2018 - 5:17pm
President Donald Trump’s dinner with Chinese leader Xi Jinping yielded a cease-fire in the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies, though the details are proving less than satisfying to those hungering for a lasting truce.
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Farmers peer past trade-truce exuberance for proof China is back

Iowa Farmer Today - December 4, 2018 - 7:19am
U.S. farmers are pleased that Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a trade truce, but they’re not rejoicing just yet. That won’t come until they see ships full of their soybeans headed to China.
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U.S., China trade truce: Side-by-side comparison of statements

Iowa Farmer Today - December 3, 2018 - 11:26am
The U.S. and China emphasized different results from Sunday’s high-stakes meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, with the split highlighting how much of a gap needs to be overcome over the next three months.
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New Iowa state climatologist tracks trends across Iowa

Iowa Farmer Today - December 3, 2018 - 8:00am
DES MOINES — Justin Glisan is the new kid on the climatological block. Glisan, 36, is the third person to hold the title of state climatologist in Iowa.
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U.S.-China ceasefire celebration may be premature

Iowa Farmer Today - December 3, 2018 - 7:14am
For a soybean farmer in Iowa or Illinois, it may be premature to celebrate the ceasefire in the trade war between the U.S. and China.
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Lower prices prompt improved marketing plans

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2018 - 5:00pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by Steve Johnson, Iowa State University Extension farm and ag business management field specialist, for the university’s Ag Decision Maker November 2018 newsletter.
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Battered soy gets bullish jolt as door opens for China return

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2018 - 4:52pm
Soybeans weren’t on the menu, but it looks like President Donald Trump’s dinner date in Buenos Aires with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping may give the market the jolt it’s been desperately looking for.
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Illinois reports show variety of yields, weather challenges

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2018 - 9:00am
Many farmers are hoping for more “normal” weather next year.
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Field testers see benefit in unbiased information

Iowa Farmer Today - December 2, 2018 - 8:15am
Every year, Rolland Schnell dedicates some of his Newton, Iowa, farmland to participating in field trials. What he gains is invaluable to him.
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Real farmland values ‘eroding’: Chicago Fed

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2018 - 4:15pm
Editor’s note: The following was written by David B. Oppedahl, Fedaral Reserve Bank of Chicago senior business economist, for the bank’s November 2018 AgLetter.
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Communication can help farmers with winter cash flow

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2018 - 3:25pm
If you know cash flow is already going to be a problem, communicate early with your creditors.
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Flex leases have benefits in volatile markets

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2018 - 11:00am
Where some people see challenges, Mike Downey sees an opportunity for farmers and landlords to work together this winter.
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The best case scenario: What the Trump-Xi dinner could yield

Iowa Farmer Today - December 1, 2018 - 7:07am
Whatever happens in Buenos Aires when President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping dine on Saturday night, the trade wars are set to be with us well into 2019 and possibly beyond.
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Trump boosts biofuel quotas as overhaul suggests future cuts

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 12:48pm
The Trump administration ordered oil companies to blend more renewable fuel into gasoline and diesel next year — but it could be the last increase for years to come, as the government starts to make sweeping changes to the U.S.…
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America's best bet to avoid a deadly pig virus? Sniffer Beagles

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 12:29pm
They have floppy ears, waggy tails and inquisitive, wet noses — and they are trying to protect a $23.4 billion industry from a deadly infection.
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Missouri ag conference to explore MORE plan

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 9:00am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture is coming back to Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo., this winter for its 48th celebration of agriculture. The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the conference dates have been set…
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Challenged by weather, ICIA tests shows wide range

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 8:40am
With harvest wrapping up across the Midwest, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association has released its annual results for corn and soybean variety trials.
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What to expect from USMCA trade tweaks

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 8:00am
After more than a year of talks, the U.S., Canada and Mexico struck a new trade deal to replace NAFTA, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
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Cattle feed numbers may signal industry shift

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 8:00am
Editor’s note: The following was written by Lee Schulz, Iowa State University Extension livestock economist, for the university’s Iowa Farm Outlook November 2018 newsletter.
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