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Food Price Outlook

The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) has released its latest outlook which states that the all-items CPI, a measure of economy-wide inflation, “… rose 0.2 percent from February to March 2018 and is 2.4 percent above the March 2017 level. The CPI for all food was flat from February to[…]

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EU-Wide Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides Likely After Major Review

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded in a new assessment that “most uses” of three widely used neonicotinoids—imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam—pose a risk to wild bees and honeybees, which play a crucial role in pollination across the globe.   Read more

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Environment and Sustainability: Beet Sugar Production

Beet sugar production is environmentally sustainable. Sugar beet is always grown in rotation with other field crops. Crop rotation helps conserve soil fertility and reduce levels of soil-borne pathogens and pests and thus reduces the requirement for plant protection products.   Read more

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California has a 5-Point Plan to Attack HLB

A California committee that focuses on fighting pests and diseases that threaten citrus crops has developed a strategic plan to fight huanglongbing (HLB) with five priorities guiding its focus.   Read more

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CoBank Report: Biggest Impacts From Mergers Will Be Rebate Programs

The latest round of ag mergers resulting in the “Big 4” (Dow-DuPont, ChemChina-Syngenta, Bayer-Monsanto, and BASF) will have an impact on ag retail profitability according a recent CoBank report. And Will Secor, economist with the bank, says the greatest impact will come from changes to the rebate program.   Read more

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NAFTA Completion May Wait Until December

Amid all the discussion of having an agreement in principle completed by early May, U.S. officials involved in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement say the target completion date for the deal is early December.   Read more

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Sorghum Trade Feeling Affects of Trade Spat

Bids for sorghum in the Gulf of Mexico have almost disappeared after China’s decision earlier this week to impose a 179 percent tariff on U.S. imports, according to grain-handling company Scoular Co.   Read more

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