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Report: U.S. and China reach partial deal, trade truce possible

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(Bloomberg News) - The U.S. and China reached a partial agreement Friday that would broker a truce in the trade war and lay the groundwork for a broader deal that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping could sign later this year.

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Some Welcome News for Corn Farmers

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Just-signed Japan deal secures second largest corn export market for U.S. farmers.

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AARP Live Minute: Protection Against Cruise Scams

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In this AARP Live Minute: Sarah Jennings looks at ways to protect against cruise scams.

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Soybean Harvest Recommendations

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October 11, 2019   When optimum moisture content achievement a challenge, taking dockage is sometimes the better option. For harvest time, thirteen percent is the optimum moisture content for soybeans. But, since it can be tough to hit the thirteen percent benchmark, some experts say it may be more profitable, to take dockage.

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October Winter Storm Bears Down on Northern Plains

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The northern plains get ready to hunker down for freezing temperatures as a fall blizzard – with the likelihood of up to two feet of snow! – takes aim.

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NIAA and Antibiotics Stewardship

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The National Institute for Animal Agriculture points to the nation's pig farmers as a demonstration of how the proper use of antibiotics keeps both humans and animals healthy.

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Food Label Disputes Continue to Rage

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Plant-based alternatives in the dairy and meat industries continue to provoke disputes over how those products should be labeled.

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Social Security checks to see another increase in 2020

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The Social Security Administration announced Thursday that 2020's cost-of-living adjustment will be 1.6 percent, a slight increase from the 1.4 percent average over the past decade.  

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Beijing Taps Pork Reserves to Make up for Short-Falls as Trade Talks Continue

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With soaring prices back home due to a national hog herd ravaged by disease, Beijing is under pressure to reach a deal in U.S. trade talks.

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Hank Williams' grandson makes Grand Ole Opry debut

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Sam Williams, 22, is officially following in the footsteps of his grandfather Hank Williams and his father Hank Williams Jr.  

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FFA Through the Years

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For almost a century, the National FFA Organization has been preparing future generations for the challenges of feeding the growing American population through agricultural education.

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Korea finishes ASF cull while China replenishes herds

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China flies in over 900 breeding pigs from Denmark to replenish their herd. Reuters reports this is the first import of live breeding stock since the first African Swine Fever outbreak last year. Reuters reports, the virus wiped out more than half of China's herds, while official government reports estimate losses at much less. Many Chinese producers are building new farms and restocking herds that were previously infected. Meanwhile, Korea finishes culling hogs infected with Africa...

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Freeze a concern for the Northern Plains

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Delayed plantings now have farmers racing to get crops in the bin before the first batch of snow hits the ground. According to Politico, weather analysts say the Midwest could see colder air coming from the Siberian connection instead of from the North Pole. In Chicago, trader Ted Seifreid of Zaner Ag Hedge says its definitely a weather market. “...this isn't an early event, its just the magnitude of the event, the amount of snow we are talking about, and the damage that can ...

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Lower Corn and Soy Product Due To Severe Weather

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The Minneapolis Federal Reserve confirms lower corn and soybean production this year. The bank covers 6 states in the Midwest and expects to see soybean production decline by 26 percent, compared to the national drop of 20 percent. Corn fairs slightly better with a projected 10 percent drop from last year compared to 4 percent nationally. The bank says producers have suffered under severe weather that caused record planting delays and that soybeans have taken an additional hit from ...

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Alternative Proteins Not A Threat

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As alternative protein products gain popularity, meat producers worry it could cut into demand. However, a Farm Bureau official says the additional products won’t disrupt demand. Michael Clements reports.

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Trade hopes tempered as Chinese firms blacklisted

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U.S. and China temper hopes of a possible deal ahead of trade talks. According to the south China morning post, the Chinese delegation may cut its trip short. Negotiators were scheduled to arrive in the capital on Thursday. If no progress is made, U.S. tariffs on $250 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods are slated to rise to 30% from 25% on October 15th. This marks the 13th round of talks between the global powers since last year. According to Politico, while the President has no...

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Stop Fiddling with the Food! And Other Common Cooking Tips

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Sometimes it’s the things we should STOP doing in the kitchen that can make the biggest difference.

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Market Disruptions From Tyson Plant Fading Away

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It has been seven weeks since the Holcomb, Kansas, Tyson plant fire and cattle futures markets are mostly back to business as usual. That's according to Oklahoma State University economist Dr. Darren Peel. He says the fire caused a dramatic ripple effect from the loss of fresh beef in the wholesale market. In response, The choice boxed cutout jumped more than $23 to $239.87 at its peak. But the cash feeder market dropped on long-term uncertainty with fed cattle taking the biggest hit...

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Farming; It's a Family Business

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From raising children and cattle to industry challenges, one rancher wouldn't have it another way. The Arkansas Farm Bureau shares the lifestyle of a livestock producer.

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Cold Weather Has Big Impact on Grain

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Forecasters predict winter weather will descend into the northern plains and the northwestern corn belt this week. Economist Arlan Suderman, with INTL FCStone warns a freeze event could lower corn yields once the kernel's starch line is only halfway to the black layer. This could be one of the most challenging harvest seasons in quite some time for U.S. farmers. Considering how much of the nation's corn crop was planted extremely late after the wet spring, Suderman says we could be l...

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Trade War Snags Farm Exports

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Harvest is underway, marking the second year for farmers bringing in crops with uncertain export opportunities. U.S. Commerce Department data shows agricultural exports are nearly $8 billion dollars behind pre-trade war levels. Sales to China represent the bulk of the loss coming in at $6.7 billion dollars. Soybean stocks have also doubled from last year to a record high level. With negotiations underway, some optimism has come in the form of renewed soybean and pork purchases from C...

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Reactions to Japan Trade Positive

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Several in farm country applaud President Trump's U.S. Japan trade deal. The announcement is a welcome win for the heartland as other trade agendas stall in congress. Details are still coming in, but according to the preliminary deal, Japan will eliminate or reduce tariffs on $7.2 billion dollars worth of U.S. farm goods. Farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since the White House backed out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The new pact with the island nat...

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JBS Removes Additive To Increase Pork Exports

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JBS removes ractopamine from its U.S. pork supply in an effort to increase export opportunities to China as African Swine Fever slashes herds. Ractopamine, an FDA-approved feed supplement, is used in production to raise leaner pork. The meat-packer banned the feed additive in its Brazilian production systems last year. JBS competitors, like Smithfield, have already pulled the drug from its production.

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Testing THC In Hemp

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There's plenty of ‘hemp hype’ in farm country, but there have been some challenges, including making sure the THC level stays low enough to keep it legal. Politico reports the legal threshold is 0.3 percent; anything above that classifies the crop as marijuana. Hemp growers are calling for a national testing standard on measuring THC. USDA says it will release federal guidelines for hemp ahead of the 2020 growing season.

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Human Noise Impacts National Parks

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National Parks have remarkable natural soundscapes, but human-caused noise poses a threat. Colorado State University teams up with the U.S. National Park Service to understand why.

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Meat Industry Sues California

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The North American Meat Institute has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, to block enforcement of the voter-approved, "Proposition 12." The measure requires farmers, who market in the state, provide more space for animals being raised for food. The North American Meat Institute, whose members include processors such as Tyson Foods and retailers including Walmart, said enforcing Proposition 12 would hurt producers and consumers by significantly increasing their ...

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Modernizing the Endangered Species Act

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More agricultural groups get on board with new endangered species legislation. The National Cotton Council has more on the draft bills that could modernize the act.

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Harvest Floods A Concern

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Flooding affected spring planting this year, and now, it could make harvest a challenge too. DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson says he has seen ‘firsthand’ what’s going on and thinks it will impact farmers working to get crops out of the field. He also worries a lot of precipitation this winter could mean challenges ahead of next spring. He says the peak flood levels have likely passed in most areas, but there's still too much water overwhelming farm count...

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Mexico's USMCA Labor Promises

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A top Mexican official promises the country intends to fully implement their landmark labor reform law under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement. Government leaders hope it will ease house democrats' concern they're not allocating enough money in their budget to do so. Mexican Undersecretary for North America, Jesus Seade, tells Politico that Mexico isn't cutting the labor enforcement budget, but will propose a 33-percent cut to its labor department. But he tells Politico it's impossibl...

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USDA Secretary Perdue In Studio

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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue came by the RFD-TV studio this morning to discuss trade deals, ethanol reform, and calls for a fair cattle market.

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Ellen Encourages Viewers To Eat Less Meat

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Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres encourages her 77 million followers to eat less meat. Cattlemen call the controversial comment “misinformed." Washington Representative, Dan Newhouse, reminds the public this type of 'call to action' can have major implications on commodities. Several ag groups reached out to Ellen, requesting to come on her show and talk to her about the livestock industry.

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Beginning Farmers Face Challenges

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Farmers just coming into the game experience challenges. A new USDA report shows farmers with less than 10 years of experience struggle with financing the operation and gaining access to land and equipment. They are likely to work off the farm, they earn less income, and have more debt than established farmers.

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Pelosi: USMCA Up To Trump

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The calls to pass U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement continue, despite the buzz of an impeachment inquiry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the two subjects have nothing to do with each other. She says the chamber is "awaiting the language on enforceability" adding that move is up to the President. In response, President Donald Trump calls the Democrat's efforts to address high drug prices in the trade deal "political cover." According to Politico, the administrat...

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U.S. touts dairy product to Chinese hog farmers fighting swine fever

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - When Beijing announced it was exempting 16 U.S. goods from retaliatory tariffs, Chinese firms hurried to call Proliant Dairy Ingredients in the heart of American farm country. Among the products included in China’s first batch of exemptions last month was whey permeate for animal feed, a dairy byproduct sold by Iowa-based Proliant. While seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of talks to end the U.S.-China trade war, the exemption from a 25% retaliatory tariff im...

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Trump administration unveils new biofuel plan

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday will unveil a plan to boost U.S. biofuels demand as it seeks the support of farmers in next year’s election, four sources briefed on the matter told Reuters...

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Chick-fil-A Ranked Slowest Drive Thru

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More and more people are heading to the drive-thru, leading to longer wait times. We spend an average of 255 seconds in the drive-thru lane in 2019, 20 seconds longer than the year before. 

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Dolly Parton Celebrates 50 Years as a Grand Ole Opry Member

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Special Opry appearances and exhibits this week will mark the historic occasion.

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More Details Ahead of Potential Biofuel Announcement

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More details are coming in ahead of a potential biofuel announcement. Reuters reports the deal may authorize the environmental protection agency to use partial refinery waivers a move to help farmers and boost ethanol consumption. Other provisions include: boosting blend quotas, increasing e-15 access at the pumps, and removing price caps for blending credits. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds invited President Trump to the state to make the announcement. According to multiple reports, the...

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"Flash Drought" Worsening Across Southern US

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ATLANTA (AP) — More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. 

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Improving Poultry Safety With Lasers and Yucca

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U.S. poultry has new research that aims to improve food safety and poultry production. The first study by Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is using yucca plant extract on poultry products to reduce salmonella and other bacteria on chicken. The plant could be an all-natural way to improve food safety during processing. The second study by Iowa State University is installing lasers in poultry barns to encourage more movement. Similar to lasers used to play with pets the ...

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USDA Invests $11M In Specialty Crop Research

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced today that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty crop farmers,” said Hutchins, who leads ...

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Growth in Opioid Supply As Overdose Rates Rise

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As much as 74 percent of farmers have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis and a new report shows a huge growth in painkiller supply, even as overdose rates rise. The inspector general says the DEA approved a 400-percent increase in oxycodone output between 2002 and 2013. The DEA argues drug companies need to be allowed to make enough narcotic painkillers to help patients who need legitimate assistance. The Justice Department says the DEA is not investigating those who work w...

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Bayer Looking At Dicamba Complaints

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Bayer says Dicamba complaints are down in 2019 overall but Illinois has a record number of cases. The state's 590 complaints are up from 330 in 2018 and 246 in 2017. For other states, complaints trend down over the past two years. Bayer's Crop Science President says the company is looking into what's happening in Illinois. He says farmers had the date to apply Dicamba extended from June 30th to July 15th. Since weather delays caused many farmers to plant late this could be part of th...

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Dutch Farmers Protest Climate Change Blame

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Dutch farmers clog highways to protest politicians labeling them as a climate change problem. More than 22 hundred farmers joined the protest in the Hague, a major city in the Netherlands. A recent commission report blames livestock operations for a rise in emissions and recommends cutting animal production by 50 percent. Farmers argue cities are larger polluters than livestock operations. It was not just farmers who took to the streets to protest; children in a farm community headed...

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Analyst: China Likely To Wait Until 2020 To Conclude Trade War

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China buys more U.S. pork and soybeans. New weekly export sales data shows 1.56 million metric tons of soybeans and 3500 metric tons of pork. Those numbers come from the week ending September 26th. USDA shares some private sales activity this week, including another 252,000 metric tons announced today. New purchases and next week's trade talks have renewed optimism the U.S. China dispute will end soon but one Rabo agri-finance analyst doesn't agree. Steve Nicholson says he thinks Chin...

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Chris Stapleton to Host KY Benefit Concert

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100% of the concert’s net proceeds will go toward Stapleton’s Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund, to benefit organizations impacting KY.

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Cali Dairy Farmers Closer To Methane Reduction Goal

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California dairy farmers get closer to reaching their methane reduction goal with new funding. An additional 102-million-dollars was awarded to support methane reduction projects now totaling to 206-million-dollars in all. There are 229 projects in total. The California Department of Food and Ag estimates 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases will be reduced each year, which equates to 25-percent of the states 2013 inventory for livestock and dairy manure methane emissions. The...

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Ag Groups In Favor Of Foot And Mouth Vaccine Bank

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Agriculture groups urge the USDA to move forward with the 2018 Farm Bill's foot and mouth disease vaccine bank. RFD-TV's Corryn La Rue reports from Washington.

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Gillibrand Asks To Investigate Produce Price Imbalance

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A U.S. Lawmaker asks USDA to investigate an imbalance in produce prices. In a letter to the USDA, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says between 2012 and 2017 returns for specialty crop growers remained the same while wholesale shares increased. Some say competition from Canada plus higher U.S. wages could contribute to the disparity. United Fresh says increasing consumption is key to raising prices paid to farmers.

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WTO Rules In Favor of US; Paving Way For Tariffs on EU Goods

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LONDON/BRUSSELS/GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States won approval on Wednesday to slap import tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus, threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global economy falters. The decision by the World Trade Organization pushes a 15-year corporate dispute over illegal support for transatlantic plane giants to the center of caustic world trade relations and comes on top of a tariff ...

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Antimicrobial Resistance Threatens Livestock

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A rising trend in antimicrobial resistance threatens livestock production in low-income countries. According to a University Of Zurich study, high rates of antimicrobial resistance in animals were found in underdeveloped regions across northeast China, northern India, Iran, Turkey, and southern Brazil. Scientists say developing countries are also at risk. The research team says their open access web platform could help target interventions against the resistance and assist a transit...

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Finished Biofuel Package Could Be Released This Week

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A finished biofuel package could be released this week. Sources tell Reuters, the Trump administration is "close" to finalizing the details and the President could sign it as early as Friday. They say the policy change won’t include a price cap for blending credits, a decision, that should make farm groups happy following the 31 small refinery exemptions in August. The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency haven’t commented on the latest timeline ...

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Chamber of Commerce Urges Congress to Pass USMCA

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Members of Congress are back in their districts this week, and the Chamber Of Commerce is pushing them to speak with constituents about passing the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement before Thanksgiving.

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Meat Packer Admits To Bribing Inspectors

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Corruption confessions send Brazil's top meatpacker's shares down. Reuters reports, BRF admits to bribing federal food inspectors with more than 4 and a half million dollars in bank deposits and health benefits. Officials launched an investigation into the company last fall. After the news broke, BRF's shares dropped more than one and a half percent.

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Court Halts Wheat Manipulation

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A Chicago court rules against giant food corporations in a censorship case. Earlier this year, Kraft Foods and Mondelez were accused of making a $5 and half-million profit by manipulating the wheat market to drive down prices in 2011. The companies sued the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for breaching a gag order, however, a panel of judges threw out the case saying the public comments were legal. CFTC and the companies reached "a binding agreement." in the case.

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Organic Farmers Fairing Slightly Better During Trade Wars

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Organic farmers across the country say they may be fairing better than their conventional neighbors who have suffered during the trade war, but they aren't totally immune from rocky markets. There are many reasons farmers have switched 5 million acres of production to organic in recent years, but they often boil down to one thing. Annie Schwagel, a Minnesota farmer, grows food grain corn and soybeans, as well as wheat and field peas on her Minnesota farm, and she says her shift to or...

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Farmer's Mental Health A Focus

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The number of farmers taking their own lives continues to rise at a staggering rate. The Georgia Farm Monitor's John Holcomb visits with an expert, to explain why farmers are more vulnerable, and what's being done to help them.

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South Korea Increases Biosecurity as Typhoon Nears

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South Korea tightens biosecurity measures as the country braces for Typhoon Mitag. Producers worry the system will interrupt feed imports, and spread the virus among herds. The country has seen a spike in cases after an ASF case was found in a North Korea border town last month. Government officials increased border controls and temporarily closed slaughterhouses near the infected region. Forecasters expect the storm system to make landfall this week. As previously reported, in an e...

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Rally for Fair Cattle Prices Tomorrow

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Nebraska cattle producers are invited to a rally tomorrow as a call to President Donald Trump to ensure fair cattle prices. The "Stop The Stealin" rally, hosted by the Organization Of Competitive Markets, will take place in Omaha, NE. The idea came together after the Tyson fire in Holcomb, Kansas. One man says the independent cattle producers are having a tough time and the rally will focus on some key points. The rally will be held tomorrow from 9:30 to 4. The National Ca...

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Dairy Closes As Finances Investigated

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Pennsylvania based dairy, Trickling Springs Creamery, closed its doors amidst a state investigation into its finances. The dairy is currently under investigation for selling over 7 million dollars in promissory notes to investors from 2015 to 2017. Allegations say these notes were sold to at least 110 investors across the U.S., and TSC failed to provide required financial statements. TSC executives Philip Reil, and co-founders Gerald Byers, Elvin Martin, and Dale Martin also allege...

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China Pegs More Soy Purchases, But Trade War Still Hurts.

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China pegs more soybean purchases from the U.S. Agricensus reports Chinese authorities gave seven companies a third exemption from tariffs. The market sources say total volume could be between 1 and 2 million metric tons, but no exact figures are confirmed. This is in addition to the last two rounds which are estimated at 3-4.5 million metric tons. While China exempts some soy from tariffs the trade war is hurting ag exports. Politico says replacing the Asian nation is nearly impossi...

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Crop Progress Report Shows Harvest Behind Schedule

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Combines aren't rolling at their usual pace with harvest progress behind for corn, soybeans and spring wheat. Excess rainfall and early snow in the north cause challenges for wheat growers while corn and soybean growers deal with either wet fields or crops that aren't mature enough to harvest. 

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Special RURAL AMERICA LIVE with World Soybean Record Winner Randy Dowdy

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On a special edition of RURAL AMERICA LIVE, Brian and Darren Hefty visit with Randy Dowdy, who has set the new world record for soybean yield at 190.23 bushels per acre using Hefty Brand Soybeans 49X7S.

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Let's Play Hockey!

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The NHL could be on the way to its version of “Are You Ready For Some Football?”. The league is announcing a two-year partnership with well-known band that includes an opening song for NBC Sports’ “Wednesday Night Hockey.” 

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Converting at A-2 Milk

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Declining milk prices and profit margins are driving one Michigan dairy farm to switch from conventional milk to 'a-2 milk.' The Michigan Farm Bureau reports on the reason Mooville Dairy is making the change.

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New FDA Guidelines for Animal Drugs

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The Food And Drug Administration proposes new guidelines for conditional approval of animal drugs. According to the Hagstrom Report, the draft guidelines are meant to help get medications that address serious diseases conditional approval. Until recently only new medications intended for minor use in major species were eligible. The expansion could incentivize drug development and provide veterinarians with alternative treatment options.

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Labor Shortages Make H2A Visas A Priority

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As labor shortages plague the heartland, changes to the H-2A visa program becomes a high priority for Congress this fall. According to a recent study: the number of guest worker applications is up 11% in 2019. Employers want a new program to be more efficient, raise the cap of the number of workers, and slower wage growth. In 2016, 69% of farm workers were from Mexico, 25% in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, and 6% from Central America. Half were legally authorized workers. Ag sectors with ...

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Dems Work Towards USMCA as States Push Back

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House Democrats reconcile with the U.S. Trade Representative over concerns with the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. Agri-Pulse reports the lawmakers have given their latest version of changes to Ambassador Lighthizer. House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal says they've reached on agreement on some substantial issues and he expects a vote on the deal later this year. Last week's hour-long meeting came before a two-week recess for the house, but lawmakers say they will work through t...

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Trouble in the Timber Industry

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The Arkansas timber & wood products industry is entering a slowdown signaled by the closing of 2 mills. While local communities will feel the effects, experts don't expect this period to be as severe as the recession in 2006. The Arkansas Farm Bureau has more.

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ASF Now Threatens Australia and Hungary

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African Swine Fever keeps spreading overseas and American officials work to keep it outside our borders. The disease is now only 400 miles from Australia. According to an Australian T.V. network, officials found new cases in Timor-Lester in smallholder pig farms. Also over the weekend, Hungarian officials reported five new cases found in wild boar carcasses near Budapest. The cause of contamination in both countries is still unknown but many expect it came from visitors who arrived f...

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Winter Storm Emergency Declared in Montana

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(Reuters) - It looked like midwinter in the northern Rocky Mountains on Sunday as a major storm dumped record snowfall of over 3 feet (91 cm) in places and hard-hit Montana declared a state of emergency to clear blocked roads. An extra 1 to 2 feet (30-61 cm) of snow was expected overnight, with winter storm warnings in effect for western Montana and the mountains of northern Washington and northern Idaho. Snow was also expected in areas of California, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Id...

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Elk Knocks Woman Down Near Rocky Mountain National Park

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Wildlife officials in Colorado are warning people to keep their distance from elk during their mating season after a bull charged people, knocked a woman down and repeatedly butted her with its antlers. Video shows the elk running toward people Thursday near the visitor center in Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Generations of Champions at Fair Bake-Off

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One of the highlights of the Oklahoma State Fair is the Best Of Wheat Baking Contest, sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. Don Atkinson reports how the contest brings together grand champions from all generations. Find them online at wheatsquared.com.

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Growing Wheat For Beer

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Barley is an important backbone of beer. One farmer grows this very special crop for malting, which is then used in brewing beer. The North Carolina Farm Bureau has more.

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Food Aid Funds Held Back

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Unused food aid funds spark backlash among U.S. lawmakers. According to the Hagstrom Report, $2 billion of the $4 and half-billion dollar annual budget is unspent. During a hearing, U.S. aid leaders told lawmakers the Bureau holds back some funds for weather events. But democratic representatives argue withholding aid from global communities in need is "illegal". A U.S. aid director says the organization will "follow the law" and use the funds for global food aid.

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Rep. Dye: USMCA a "Good Deal"

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A final U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement idles on Capitol Hill. Democrats want more changes to environment and labor provisions. As we previously reported - President Trump cast doubt about getting a vote in Congress, but U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer maintains it will be passed. Washington State Representative Mary Dye calls the agreement "a good deal" adding the ag industry will benefit once it is approved. Dye notes many northwest commodities will benefit under the U...

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Soybean Producers React To Japan Deal

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The United States and Japan reach a trade agreement, further opening markets for both countries, and putting the U.S. on a level playing field with global competitors. American Soybean Association President, Davie Stephens, joined us to talk about what this deal means for U.S. soy producers and what he expects to see moving forward.

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From Denim to Dairy

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An old denim mill in a small Texas town has been converted to a dairy processing plant. The Texas Farm Bureau explains how this will bring jobs to the local economy and will offer dairy farmers a place to take their milk.

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New Exhibit Honors Bryants’ Songwriting Legacy

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We Could: The Songwriting Artistry of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant opens at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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New Bill Makes Rural Mental Health A Priority

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A U.S. Senator announces a bill to help farmers manage their mental health. Senator Jon Tester's measure would provide the Department Of Agriculture employees voluntary stress management training, create a partnership with the Department Of Health for a $3 million dollar public awareness campaign, and direct the agriculture secretary to create a mental health task force.' Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows the suicide rate is 45 percent higher in rural America than in u...

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Impeachment Overshadows Biofuel Concerns

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Ethanol leaders call for President Trump's immediate action on biofuel issues, but some worry an impeachment inquiry could delay a pending reform plan. Over the past two weeks, the President hosted officials from both industries working on a 'giant fix' to the continued refinery waivers handed out by the EPA, but the White House released no details after those meetings. With the UN General Assembly in New York this week and a new impeachment inquiry, ethanol advocates worry their con...

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Durango® Boots Official Presenting Sponsor for RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN Rodeo

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The three-year exclusive partnership strengthens Durango’s commitment to western sports.

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Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Rural Media Group (RMG) Announce Multi-Year Agreement

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The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Rural Media Group (RMG) have announced a multi-year agreement which will see the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) move to The Cowboy Channel (TCC) and RFD-TV beginning in 2020. PRCA CEO, George Taylor and RFD-TV Founder and President, Patrick Gottsch, spoke more...

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Yes, these famous faces all once wore a blue FFA jacket.

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