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Ag Today July 5, 2018

In Tariff Fight With Trump, China Scraps Plan to Strike First By Lingling Wei Updated July 5, 2018 10:32 a.m. ET The Wall Street Journal BEIJING—As the U.S. and China gear up to slap each other with tariffs Friday, Beijing’s leadership faced the thorny question of whether to strike first, or let Washington take the lead. In response to the Trump administration’s plan to impose tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese products starting 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Friday, China pledged to retaliate with levies of the same value at the same time.  But since Beijing is 12 time zones ahead of Washington, that meant China planned to put...

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Ag Today July 3, 2018

China says "fully prepared" if trade war kicks off this week BY GERRY SHIH Associated Press July 03, 2018 05:14 AM BEIJING China said Tuesday it's "fully prepared" for a trade war with the United States as hopes dwindle for a breakthrough in tensions this week between the world's two biggest economies. Washington is due to start charging tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports as of Friday while Beijing has pledged to retaliate with equal tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. goods. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that China is "fully prepared to take a package of necessary measures" to safeguard its national interests. U.S....

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Ag Today July 2, 2018

Canada pushes back and slaps tariffs on U.S. goods from ketchup to pizza By ASSOCIATED PRESS JUL 01, 2018 | 3:10 PM | OTTAWA Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods as retaliation for the Trump administration's new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States. Some U.S. products, mostly steel and iron, face 25% tariffs, the same penalty the United States slapped on imported steel at the end of May. Other U.S. imports, from ketchup to pizza to dishwasher detergent, will face a 10% tariff at the Canadian border, the same as America's tax on imported aluminum. Trump had...

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Ag Today June 29, 2018

Senate passes farm bill, setting up clash on food stamps By Juliet Linderman, Associated Press and Democrat staff POSTED: 06/29/18, 7:55 AM PDT WASHINGTON >> The Senate has passed a bill that makes modest modifications to existing farm programs while largely avoiding changes to food stamps, setting up a showdown with the House. The bill passed 86-11. The legislation renews farm programs such as crop insurance and land conservation. Farm programs are set to expire Sept. 30 unless Congress acts. Work on the legislation comes at a time when farmers are facing low prices and a potential trade war that could depress commodities prices further. “We are...

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Ag Today June 28, 2018

The Energy 202: Kennedy's retirement could bring a seismic shift to environmental law By Dino Grandoni June 28 at 9:03 AM The Washington Post Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's announcement that he will soon step down from the Supreme Court sent shock waves through Washington on Wednesday. Should President Trump and Senate Republicans succeed in replacing the swing-vote jurist with a stalwart conservative, the ideological shift could bring seismic changes to federal environmental policy. As with so many other issues, Kennedy served as a swing vote in key cases on water pollution and climate change during his three-decade tenure. His imminent departure immediately put some environmental...

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Ag Today June 26, 2018

Farm groups worry about 'touch-back' proposal before Congress BY JOHN COX jcox@bakersfield.com 19 hrs ago 8 After a hard day of work in local vineyards, Teresa Ramirez offered a one-word commentary on the single-most divisive immigration reform measure being debated by Congress: "lies." The 47-year-old Lamont mother of four, her arms full of groceries as she exited a store on Weedpatch Highway, was referring to a proposal to force undocumented farmworkers to return to Mexico for a period of at least 45 consecutive days every year. "How am I going to return without papers?" the Oaxaca, Mexico native asked. "Promises, promises. I don't believe...

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Ag Today June 25, 2018

California farmers prod Congress on immigration reform BY JOHN COX jcox@bakersfield.com Jun 22, 2018 This week's failure by Congress to pass either of two immigration reform bills has prompted California's leading agricultural trade group to reiterate, in polite terms, its longstanding demands for a solution to the state's chronic shortage of farmworkers. California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson on Thursday issued a statement on the group's behalf calling for an agricultural visa program large enough to accommodate the state's farmworker needs, as well as recognition for "current, highly skilled immigrant employees and help them gain proper documentation." However mildly worded, the public missive...

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Ag Today June 22, 2018

India, Top Buyer of U.S. Almonds, Hits Back With Higher Duties By Reuters June 21, 2018 NEW DELHI — India, the world's biggest buyer of U.S. almonds, raised import duties on the commodity by 20 percent, a government order said, joining the European Union and China in retaliating against President Donald Trump's tariff hikes on steel and aluminium. New Delhi, incensed by Washington's refusal to exempt it from the new tariffs, also imposed a 120 percent duty on the import of walnuts in the strongest action yet against the United States. The move to increase tariffs from Aug. 4 will also cover a slew of...

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Ag Today June 21, 2018

Construction contract to raise height of Shasta Dam expected next year Damon Arthur, Redding Record Searchlight Published 3:57 p.m. PT June 20, 2018 | Updated 12:06 p.m. PT June 21, 2018 After years of environmental studies, feasibility reports and stalled plans, federal officials are once again moving forward with plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam and intend to award the first construction contract next year. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to advertise for bids on a construction contract in September 2019 and award a bid by December 2019, said Todd Plain, a spokesman for the agency. So far, Congress has only...

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Ag Today June 20, 2018

Administration Working on Measures to Protect Farmers in Trade Fight With China WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is working on measures that protect agriculture and other critical industries from retaliatory tariffs being threatened by China amid an escalating trade dispute between the two countries, a top adviser to President Donald Trump said. Peter Navarro told reporters on Tuesday that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and others in the administration are taking into account the potential impact of retaliatory tariffs on those industries and are making provisions. The administration is “working on measures that will have the backs of farmers,” he said. “I can assure you we...

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