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Trump Taps Tom for United Nations Post

OMAHA (DTN) -- President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Leesburg, Indiana, corn and soybean farmer Kip Tom as ambassador and United States representative to the United Nations agencies for food and agriculture in Rome, according to an announcem... Read More

Arizona Farm Bureau President Urges Congress to Save Ranches, Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, – Arizona Farm Bureau Federation President Stefanie Smallhouse today urged Congress to streamline environmental regulation to preserve ranching as well as the land itself. The fifth-generation rancher told members of the Subcommitte... Read More

EPA Docs Show Oil's Influence on RFS

OMAHA (DTN) -- The EPA was set to reallocate gallons lost in the Renewable Fuel Standard to small-refinery waivers, but that proposal was pulled within days after a series of meetings and phone calls that then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had with ... Read More

Sparse details on Iowa plans that bypass Obama's health law

DES MOINES, Iowa— Josh Crist made the two-hour drive to the Iowa Capitol in April to celebrate Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds' signing of a new health care option designed to lower costs by skirting requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The 35-... Read More

Tractor, Combine Sales Increase in June

Tractor and combine sales increased in June. A monthly report by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows the sale of all tractors in the U.S. in June were up 12 percent compared to the same month last year. For the six months in 2018, ... Read More

U.S. Pork Calls for Level Playing Field as FDA Makes Regulatory Land Grab

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Already bearing the brunt of global trade retaliation against American agriculture, U.S. pork producers now face additional headwinds in the form of a regulatory land grab by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The National P... Read More

EU Trade Chief: Targeting U.S. Ag in Tariffs Best Hope for Trade Change

In retaliating against trade tariffs, the European Union is doubling down on American Whiskey. EU trade chief Cecilia Malmström shut down a request to remove U.S. whiskey from the tariff list as fear the move would place further retaliation from the... Read More

Smithfield permitted for $12 million expansion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — One of Sioux Falls' largest employers is getting bigger. Smithfield Foods has received a city permit to build a $12.5 million holding barn addition at its meat processing plant. The Argus Leader says Smithfield receive... Read More

USDA Ends Report Access for Media

Ag Agency Claims Media Access Created Advantage to Some Traders OMAHA (DTN)-- In a surprise move that caught media outlets flatfooted, USDA announced Tuesday that the agency would end its more than a century-old practice of "lockup" events ahead o... Read More

SCOTUS Nominee Upheld Mandatory  COOL for Beef

Billings, Mont. - President Trump announced his nominee to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2014, Kavanaugh... Read More

China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat

BEIJING (AP) — China's government vowed Wednesday to take "firm and forceful measures" as the U.S. threatened to expand tariffs to thousands of Chinese imports like fish sticks, apples and French doors, the latest salvo in an escalating trade dispu... Read More

Trump: No Hurry to Settle NAFTA

President Donald Trump told Fox News he’s not going to rush into a new North American Free Trade Agreement. He thinks the U.S. can get a better deal by waiting until after the dust settles on the midterm elections in the fall. Agriculture groups... Read More

President Trump Frees Ranchers Whose Conviction Sparked 2016 Oregon Standoff

OMAHA (DTN) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday granted full pardons to Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond, whose conviction and prison sentences over a grass fire led to a high-profile standoff at a national wildlife refuge in early 2016. ... Read More

Farm Bill Conference Could be Slow

Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill this week but getting the farm bill to the finish line may be a slow process. The Hagstrom Report speculates the process will be sluggish, based on statements from the office of Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senat... Read More