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Ratification Prospects; Farm Country Situation; Farm Animal Situation

Ratification Prospects Opposition to the USMCA has been muted as analysts wait to see the fine print behind the Trump administration’s optimistic spin. There is a rational view that a Democratic takeover of the U.S. House in midterm elections will make its approval unlikely. Democratic votes for free-trade agreements are difficult under the best of circumstances, and members will be loath in an anti-Trump election to hand any kind of victory to their party’s greatest nemesis. The announcement that the U.S. and the Philippines will start negotiations on a free-trade agreement is even less likely to get Democratic support. That country’s leader, Rodrigo Duterte, is viewed as a Trump clone. The only hope is that it takes en...

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