• The wheat harvest is underway in Texas and Oklahoma and soon will be elsewhere across the country. Ken Root of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network enlightens us on the planting, harvest, yields, different breeds, current sale prices and much more when it comes to wheat on today's KXEL Morning News.
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  • The Trump Administration is ready to follow through on its campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. That renegotiation will be broader than agricultural trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
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  • The Midwest farm economy in the Tenth Federal Reserve District weakened in the first quarter of 2017, but conditions varied from east to west. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Agriculture Credit Conditions survey reports farm income, loan repayment rates, and the value of most types of farmland all trended lower in each of the districts seven states.
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  • New Zealand continues its push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the United States. New Zealand this week completed its ratification process, approving of the final agreement.
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  • Seven of the largest school districts in the United States will not relax school meal standards that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced changes to last week.
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  • The U.S. Meat Export Federation says pork and beef exports posted strong first quarter results this year, reaching a new record volume for pork. For the first quarter, pork exports were up 17 percent. Meanwhile, beef exports were up 15 percent in the first quarter.
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  • U.S. Fuel Ethanol exports are up sharply in the current marketing year, thanks in part to tighter fuel supplies in Brazil, which are resulting in higher U.S. imports. The change can be traced to an increase in the price of sugar in Brazil.
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  • A new Farm Journal poll offers farmer perspective on Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. The results of the new poll show that farmers still seem to be happy with their choice. 43-percent of the respondents give Trump an A grade on his first 100 days.
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  • The U.S. plans to rework trade deals with Korea, Canada, Mexico, and do a deal with Japan. Each deal carries risks, considering ag gains made in those deals over the years.
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  • Monsanto announced it has reached milestones in two key aspects of its biodiversity program, including protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes. Monsanto established 72 habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators at company sites across America.
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  • The Heritage Foundation's Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform says agribusiness groups are after even more handouts as lawmakers prepare to develop the next Farm Bill. Specifically they want Congress to get rid of the Ag Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs in the next Farm Bill.
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  • The White House has ordered all federal agencies to submit a plan by June 30th to shrink their civilian work forces. Agriculture is bracing for the impact. Even modest personnel cuts could impact the ability of agencies to deliver services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a lot of them.
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