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PERDUE KNOWN FOR PROMOTING TRADE

Despite his boss’s anti-trade rhetoric, USDA Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue is a supporter of trade, with a record of promoting U.S. meat and crops overseas. As farmers grapple with the third-straight year of dipping commodity prices, they’ll be looking to Perdue to keep U.S. grain, produce, meat and cotton flowing into foreign markets, and shield… read more

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AG SECRETARY STILL UNKNOWN

President-elect Donald Trump has spent the last several weeks announcing his picks for cabinet seats and agency heads, but still has not hinted at who will be his pick for USDA Secretary. Stu Ellis sorts through the names that have risen to the top in the last few weeks, and outlines the tough job ahead… read more

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CHICKEN CONSUMPTION UP

USDA’s Economic Research Service says 57.7 pounds of chicken per person on a boneless, edible basis were available for Americans to eat in 2013, compared to 53.6 pounds of beef and 43.4 pounds of pork. 

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CHANGES AT USDA

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden, who led the implementation of the 2014 farm bill, says she’s leaving USDA at the end of February. Michael Scuse, the current undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, has been tapped as acting deputy.

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PORK’S SLOGAN IN JEOPARDY

Meatingplace.com reports that several motions and rulings over the holidays in the Humane Society of the United States’ case against USDA regarding the sale of the “Pork: The Other White Meat” slogan to the National Pork Board may put the entire arrangement in jeopardy.

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MAJOR REPORTS TUESDAY

Check out Tuesday’s USDA crop reports for a clue on future direction of prices.  U of I’s Darrel Good says a return of U.S. average corn prices above $4.00 per bushel is not expected in the near term. He says prices at that level will likely require some crop production concerns during the upcoming U.S…. read more

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IOWA SHIFTING FUNDS TO WATER ISSUES

A plan to shift $4.7 billion in projected sales tax receipts  from school building projects to water quality initiatives over a 32-year period, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad  announced this week along with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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GMO SUMMIT MEETING

The food industry, consumer groups and other stakeholders in the debate over how to label products containing genetically modified ingredients are expected to be summoned to the Agriculture Department early next month to try to resolve the contentious issue. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack wants to avoid “chaos in the market.”

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FARM BUREAU SURVEY

A new online survey launched by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) wants to collect feedback from farmers and ranchers about their experiences with ten Agriculture Department programs housed in three agencies. Results will be used by AFBF to develop recommendations on how USDA can enhance its programs and make them more useful to farmers… read more

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PAYMENT RULES

USDA issued its long-anticipated final rule guiding eligibility for farm program payments, which the agency said is consistent with the direction and authority provided by Congress in the 2014 farm bill. But in the process, the rule generated a backlash from the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition, which represents the interests of smaller family farms.

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