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Huge Day for Ag Policy

It was a huge day for agriculture policy in Washington today with three major developments: The House Agriculture Committee released the Chairman’s Mark draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might be back on the negotiating table. President Trump is saying publicly that E15 approval is forthcoming.   Farm Bill Upon quick perusal, this draft includes some provisions of interest regarding livestock production. First, growers may continue to receive their loan deficiency payments (LDP) for wheat and barley or if they elect to instead cede that acreage for the grazing of livestock. Second, there is considerable funding for animal disease eradication efforts, including instructions to the secretary...

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After featuring active trade and higher prices on Monday and Tuesday, grain and soybean markets paused to catch their breath today. Volume was restrained, and limited price action kept values near Tuesday’s closes. Following those rare occasions during the past few months when markets ral...

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Russian Grain Markets: 9-13 July 2018 The domestic grain market was influenced by different trends as new crop production started being traded along with that of previous seasons. Milling wheat export prices grew $2.00/MT to $202/MT FOB Black Sea, but purchase prices at seaports were stable (in...

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