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Cargill partners with sustainability roundtables

October 26, 2018 — In both the US and Canada, beef processing facilities are pushing for more involvement in "sustainability" programs. While some Canadian producers enjoyed incentive payments for such programs, other producers worry that the programs will be a moving target that become costly and impractical. In 2016,

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Q&A: Mark Gordon, Wyoming Republican Governor Candidate

October 18, 2018 — 1. Wyoming had a spending deficit of 1.15 billion dollars during the last budget session. Would increasing property taxes be one way you would ensure that government is funded? No. I do not support increasing taxes as a way to address our funding shortfall. The

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Trumps tour hurricane damage

October 16, 2018 — As President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Florida and Georgia today to tour damage from Hurricane Michael and meet with farmers in Georgia, news stories detailed the extent of the damage to agriculture, particularly peanuts and chicken. At the Georgia Operations

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Livestock groups petition the Department of Transportation for Hours of Service Flexibility

October 16, 2018 — WASHINGTON (October 15, 2018) – Today organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. The petition asks for a five-year exemption from certain HOS requirements

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Budd Falen takes position in Interior Department as Deputy Solicitor for Wildlife and Parks

October 15, 2018 — When Karen Budd Falen served on the Trump Transition Team on interior issues and was tapped for the top job at the Bureau of Land Management, she knew some concessions would have to be made. After the FBI background check was completed, she was asked

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Thune, Nelson praise Senate passage of 5-year federal aviation legislation

October 11, 2018 — WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who respectively serve as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today issued the following statements on the 93 to 6 Senate vote on H.R. 302, the

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Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming to hold gubernatorial debate in Riverton, Oct. 24

October 9, 2018 — ICOW (Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming) and WY SFW (Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife) will host a Gubernatorial Candidate Debate on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Riverton. The debate will be in the Little Theater Room, located on the campus of the Central College, at

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Trump announces E15, heads to Iowa as ag groups praise decision

October 9, 2018 — President Donald Trump today told reporters that he has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to allow year-round sales of E15, the gasoline that contains 15 percent ethanol, and headed to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for a campaign rally to boost Republican candidates. As he boarded the

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Q&A: Billie Sutton, candidate for governor of South Dakota

October 9, 2018 — 1. Do you believe the current property tax policy needs changed? If so, how? Tax policy should not dictate farmers' and ranchers' plans for their land. The current system of taxation on ag land is influencing landowners to break up native grasslands and abandon their

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Thune, Trump announce year-round E15 sales

October 9, 2018 — WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined President Trump at the White House for today's announcement that the administration will initiate a rulemaking process to permit the year-round sale of E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol-blended fuel)

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Q&A: Kristi Noem, candidate for governor of South Dakota

October 9, 2018 — 1. Do you believe the current property tax policy needs changed? If so, how? A concern I've heard from many South Dakotans is with implementation of the productivity system. In some cases, local assessors were not using the tools they had to make sure individuals

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Win, lose or draw?

October 9, 2018 — North Dakota Anti-Corporate Discussion The state of North Dakota, North Dakota Farmers Union (Farmers Union) and the Dakota Resource Council are claiming victory after a Sept. 21, 2018, decision involving a lawsuit regarding the state's anti corporate farming laws. Anti-corporate farming laws restrict the power

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‘A new NAFTA’ – Administration comes to agreements with Canada and Mexico

October 5, 2018 — Canada agreement eliminates Class 7 dairy, includes more market access The United States reached an agreement Sept. 30 with Canada to include our northern neighbors in a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. While the agreement won't be enacted until ratified by Congress, it is a major

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A Few Thoughts by John Nalivka – USMCA completed and Asia trade is looking even better

October 4, 2018 — Trade is the hot topic this week as the Trump Administration completed a new agreement with Mexico and Canada to replace NAFTA – the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Canada signed the agreement on September 30th as a U.S. imposed deadline neared the 11th hour. Non-tariff exports

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House departs, no pre-election farm bill

September 28, 2018 — After votes today, the House of Representatives has gone out of session until after the November 6 election. The House was scheduled to be in session parts of two weeks in October, but Republican members fearful of their election prospects convinced the House leadership to

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Trump imposes more tariffs on China; heartland group critical

September 19, 2018 — President Donald Trump late Monday announced that the administration will impose tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion on which the United States has not imposed punitive tariffs before. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released the final list of products on which tariffs

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Farm bill conference slows as Congress focuses on approps bills

September 7, 2018 — The current farm bill expires September 30, but progress on reaching compromises on a new bill appeared to slow down late this week as Congress began to focus on deals on fiscal 2019 appropriations bills that also need to be passed by the end of

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Farm bill conferees host public meeting

September 5, 2018 — House and Senate conferees on the next farm bill held a public meeting today at which they made largely predictable and bland speeches. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who is chairing the conference, urged the 47 House and nine Senate members of the

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Trump Administration hasn’t said if new U.S.- Mexico Trade Agreement will require COOL

August 28, 2018 — Billings, Mont. – Today, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he has renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in part by negotiating a new trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. "We have fully

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Trump announces Mexico deal with pressure on Canada

August 27, 2018 — President Donald Trump today announced that the United States has reached a deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The deal put pressure on Canada to agree to U.S. demands on autos and dairy if they want to be part of

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