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EU says it is ready to launch U.S. trade talks, but without agriculture

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is ready to start talks on a trade agreement with the United States and aims to conclude a deal before year-end, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom s... Read More

EU moves to limit focus of trade talks with US

  The European Union approved Monday its terms for negotiating a new trade deal with the United States, but set up a possible show-down with Washington by refusing to include agricultural products in the talks. Making public the mandate ... Read More

USDA publishes SNAP final rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule today designed to ensure that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) standards on eligibility for students and restrictions for lottery winners and convicted felons are consistentl... Read More

Average age of farmers continues to rise

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, a count of our nation’s farms and ranches and the people who run them. This is the f... Read More

Higher limits now available on USDA farm loans

Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaran... Read More

Trump, senators meet regarding stalled disaster aid

Senators from states that are still recovering from natural disasters met with President Trump at the White House to talk about stalled disaster aid. The House passed a bill that failed to advance in the Senate. Politico says the legislation has b... Read More

State Regulators Ask EPA to Allow State Pesticide Restrictions to Continue

ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) -- The nation's state pesticide regulators are fighting back after EPA's recent announcement that it is considering limiting states' ability to place additional restrictions on federal pesticides. Rose Kachadoorian, president of... Read More

Senators Decry Lack of Action on Disaster Aid for Suffering States

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today joined Senate colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in expressing disappointment in Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster ai... Read More

RFA Statement on Senator Grassley's DOE Request for SRE Clarity

WASHINGTON— In response to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper issued the following statement: "We are grateful to Senator Gra... Read More

China says trade talks with US 'moving forward'

China said Thursday that trade talks with the U.S. are "moving forward" after nine rounds of consultations aimed at ending a standoff that has shaken the world economic outlook. The latest discussions had achieved "new substantial progress," Forei... Read More

U.S. and China Near Enforcement Agreement in Talks

The U.S. and China have “pretty much agreed on an enforcement mechanism,” a major hurdle in trade talks between the two nations. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Wednesday that both sides have agreed to establish enforcement offices as... Read More