Chance for TPP Passage Slim

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Vice President Joe Biden said last week the chances for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal were slim. Biden said he sees a “less than even chance” that the U.S. Congress approves the 12-country trade pact before the next administration takes office in January, according to Fortune Magazine. Biden made the remarks while speaking to

Farmers Urging Congress to Swiftly Move on TPP Agreement

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Through groups like the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Farm Bureau, thousands of farmers are asking Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement quickly. NCGA says more than 6,000 farmers have written letters to Congress urging passage of the agreement this year. NCGA is delivering those letters to lawmakers this week. Meanwhile, Farm Bureau joined

Pressing the U.S. to Pass TPP

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A couple of countries are pressing the U.S. to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, despite an uphill political climb in Washington. The deck seems stacked against TPP action in Congress this year, but that hasn’t stopped key U.S. trading partners Japan and Vietnam from urging ratification. American Farm Bureau Trade Adviser Dave Salmonsen talks about whether the

Countries in TPP Won’t Renegotiate Terms of the Deal

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The countries that signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal decided last week that they will not renegotiate terms of the deal. The Japanese TPP Minister confirmed that the 12 countries will move ahead quickly with their individual domestic processes to implement the U.S.-led trade deal. The remarks came after

Congress Back in Session This Week

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After a seven-week recess, Congress returns to session this week as many have little expectation lawmakers will accomplish much of anything with the November elections looming. Topping the discussion is likely to be the highly debated Zika virus funding, marred in a spat between Democrats and Republicans over last-minute additions to the bill. For agriculture,

U.S. Watermelon Imports Growing

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New data from the Department of Agriculture shows the majority of watermelons consumed in the U.S. are produced domestically, but imports are growing rapidly. USDA says watermelon imports accounted for 1.5 billion pounds, or a third of domestic use in 2015, up from 11 percent in 2000 and seven percent in 1990. Part of the increase in imports can be …

Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 2, 2016

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In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Congress will soon return from its August recess but many feel little will get done before the November elections, farm sector profits are down from last year, trade teams are coming to the U.S. to see about getting more of our peanuts, retirement plan ideas for farmers,