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Farm Bill and Ethanol in Congress’s Closing Stretch

The final draft of the 2018 Farm Bill conference agreement is likely to be released tomorrow, and a final vote could take place as soon as Wednesday (12 December). Focus will be centered on the following key items and whether the final text delivers the anticipated changes: Margin Protection Program (MPP) - The terms of coverage for milk income-over-feed cost margins are expected to be more generous. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - The acreage enrollment cap is expected to be raised to 27 million acres from the current 24 million acres (22.64 million acres were enrolled this year with 1.5 million acres expired in October), a compromise between the House bill’s expansion to 29 million acres and the Senate bill’s increase...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.8175/bushel, up $0.0175 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.1775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.1675/bushel, up $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $315.1/short ton, up $2.9 from yest...

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