China Opens Access To U.S. Poultry

IABRN — A lot of news is popping out of Washington, D.C. as we are talking directly to officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the National Farm Broadcasting Association (NAFB) Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Speaker Pelosi Says USMCA Movement Is “Imminent”

IABRN — Supporters of the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) have been waiting, rather impatiently, for word the pact was finally going to move through the House of Representatives. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats had been wanting assurances on labor, especially as it pertains to Mexico. Also, they were looking for enforcement language and environmental improvements. After months of waiting, it seems we may be very close to seeing some movement.

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Japan Likely To Vote On U.S. Trade Pact Next Week

IABRN — Media reports in Japan are saying that the parliament is likely to start voting on a trade pact with the U.S. sometime next week. The lower house of the Japanese Diet will take up the pact next Wednesday, while the upper house, called the House of Councilors, will begin considering the deal the next day. A Japan Times report says Japan’s parliament had wanted to hold their votes this week, but complications came about from opposition lawmakers, who demanded that minutes of the meetings between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe be released.

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Appropriations Committees Are Moving Ag Spending Bills Forward

IABRN — The Federal Government has until November 21st to fund itself or kick the can down the road. While the choices are being negotiated in the halls of Congress, both the House and Senate have passed Ag funding bills through their respective appropriation committees.

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Latest Iowa Crop Progress And Condition Report

Statewide there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 10, 2019 although winter weather moved across Iowa bringing more snowfall to the northern half of the State according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were reports across the State concerning propane shortages slowing corn harvest due to the high moisture content of the crop and the need to dry it down. Read more