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Respondents to WPI’s last online survey expressed the view that relations with North Korea reflected a troubled area that is slightly more likely to become positive (see graph below). That may still be the case, but President Trump’s recognition this week that rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may be in U.S. interest is a positive for American agricultural trade policy wonks. Please respond to the latest WPI homepage survey asking your thoughts about the prospects for Trump trade policy. ...

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