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The United States and China remain deadlocked in a major trade dispute. While many sectors have been impacted, the U.S. agricultural sector has paid a heavy price in the dispute. The first major impact on U.S. agriculture came in July 2018 when China imposed a 25 percent retaliatory tariff on many U.S. agricultural products. This post reviews the impacts and stakes of the Trade War.

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OPINION  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a big win for American workers and the economy, especially for our farmers and ranchers. The agreement improves virtually every component of the old North American Free Trade Agreement, and the agriculture industry stands to gain significantly. President Donald Trump and Ambassador Robert Lighthizer are laying the foundation for a stronger farm economy through the agreement. I thank them for all their hard work and perseverance to take the agreement across the finish line. While I am encouraged by the breakthrough, we must not lose sight that the House and Senate need to work diligently to pass it by Christmas.

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House Democrats plan a vote next week on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free-trade agreement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her members, saying the deal was changed to meet her demands.

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OPINION  One of America’s many innovative dairy companies, Chobani Inc., is drawing attention with a new line of oat-based products meant to capitalize on diverse consumer tastes.

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold. It has been there for more than a century.

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Winter calving can lead to health risks for newborn calves. Heavy snowfall and dangerous wind chills can create calving conditions that are difficult to manage. They can put the ears, feet and life of newborn calves at risk. But calving indoors also has its drawbacks.

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Researchers working to improve the disease resistance of organic tomatoes recently received funding to continue their work. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and several collaborating research institutions were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for “Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project: Part II.”

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Madison Area Technical College recently signed agreements to provide transfer opportunities in engineering-, biotechnology- and veterinary-technician studies. The agreement recognizes Madison Area Technical College as an official site for the UW-Engineering Partnerships program.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — The U.S. Meat Export Federation added Indiana Soybean Alliance board member Mark Legan, a farmer from Coatesville, Indiana, to its Executive Committee during its Strategic Planning Conference in Tucson. Legan accepted a position on the committee representing the Oilseed Producing sector.

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Constant change is a staple of a cattle producer’s life. Sometimes it’s instigated by the producers themselves. Sometimes it’s a requirement demanded by outside forces, including government agencies. The question of whether to choose a covered-roof or mono-slope building to house livestock may depend on location, but there’s no doubt government regulations tend to expand rather than shrink.

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INDIANAPOLIS — To give farmers the best control of tough and resistant weeds, Corteva Agriscience and BASF are recommending the use of Liberty and Enlist One herbicides on Enlist E3 soybean and Enlist cotton acres. These two leading herbicides offer exceptional control of broadleaf weeds including waterhemp, pigweed, kochia, marestail and ragweed species.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Corteva Agriscience announced the launch of LANDVisor, a new integrated technology solution that allows ranchers and land managers to implement a customized solution for accomplishing their land management goals.

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Wisconsin farmers who have recently implemented alternative rotations in forage production will discuss their experiences at an upcoming University of Wisconsin-Discovery Farms conference. The subject is being explored due in part to the wet and cold weather conditions of 2019.

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The second year of Wisconsin's budding hemp program is winding down, yet work has begun to prepare for next year's crop, which includes making adjustments for lessons learned this year.

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