President Trump today announced that the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China related to intellectual property and technology, and pledged to impose further levies if the Asian nation takes retaliatory measures.

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President Trump returned to Washington on Wednesday following the high-profile nuclear summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.  The summit meeting was the first of its kind between a sitting American president and a leader of North Korea.  The summit ended in a joint statement that pointed to opening the door to ending seven decades of hostility between the two countries.

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Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI), working to unite his fractious conference around a compromise immigration bill, assured Republican lawmakers during a closed-door session on Wednesday that President Trump is backing the effort.

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The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill out of committee Wednesday. Unlike the House farm bill, the Senate version of the bill enjoyed bipartisan support, with a 20 to 1 vote in its favor. Senator Grassley (R-IA) was the lone “No” vote on the bill.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs Ted McKinney, said on Tuesday that a recent round of negotiations with China yielded some progress on agricultural issues, though more talks were needed.

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The forecast for 2018 total meat production is lowered from last month, but production forecasts are unchanged for 2019.

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More than 100 Perdue Farms leaders and managers gathered for the company’s first Diversity and Inclusion Forum, which included a keynote address by Marley Dias, the 13-year-old teen activist whose #1000BlackGirlBooks social media campaign went viral in 2015.

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More than seven in ten shoppers want to find out more about the grocery products they buy than they are currently able to get with traditional on-package labels, according to a new national survey.  Those shoppers want to go beyond the ingredients listed on the label to get information on what the ingredients do and why they are in the product.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending June 16 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 164,537,000 broilers, no change from the same week a year earlier.

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