• Avocado prices have reached a record high and a new North American Free Trade Agreement could have U.S. consumers paying even more for the fruit.
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  • Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Sam Clovis doesn’t have credibility for the post he is nominated to serve at the Department of Agriculture. Clovis is the nominee for the undersecretary for research, education and economics, commonly known as USDA’s chief scientist position.
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  • Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network reporter Ben Nuelle broke the news last week that current Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has been nominated for assistant secretary of agriculture at the USDA.
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  • Proponents of urban agriculture are hoping two bills will be reintroduced this year in time to be added to the 2018 Farm Bill. Bloomberg reports that the bills have very different initiatives but similar goals, with hopes to create economic opportunity and show support for farmers and ranchers in urban areas.
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  • The Government Accountability Office is recommending that Congress considers directing the Department of Agriculture to adjust the expected rate of return for crop insurance.
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  • The Iowa State Fair just ended, with record attendance. Many farm families circle the dates of the Fair on their calendar early each year. But another date is circled on the calendar for another reason...September 1st. That's the date under Iowa law where leases for farmland must be changed or cancelled, or else they're automatically renewed for another year.
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  • The 2017 Iowa State Fair is in progress. What's new? How's the food? What's been the hot topics of discussion? Ben Nuelle of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network talks with KXEL's Jeff Stein about it.
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  • Brazil recently unveiled their corn-only ethanol plant which has ties to Iowa. Investors from Summit Ag Group have invested in the plant that will produce 63 million gallons of ethanol annually.
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  • The sponsor of an immigration bill suspected to reduce the agriculture labor force in the U.S. says his legislation will not impact temporary workers, which are often used in agriculture production.
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  • Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encouraged Iowans to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables at the more than 220 farmers markets in Iowa as part of National Farmers Market Week, which runs Aug. 6 to 12.
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  • A panel of expert witnesses told the House Agriculture Committee this week that speed is a critical factor in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The uncertainty over how negotiations may play out is causing some importers to look elsewhere for suppliers.
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  • China has imposed a temporary beef ban on the products from six Australian processors. A MeatingPlace.com report says the concern is regarding label non-compliance. Australia's trade minister says there are significant amounts of beef products involved in the ban, which even includes shipments already in the water and on the way to China.
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