By: Guest Contributor and NCC Consultant Dave Juday of The Juday Group

President Donald Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday to allow year-round sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol content (E15).  The announcement was made at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa this week. 

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Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm to hit Florida in 80 years, and the third-most powerful ever to strike the U.S. mainland,  battered the state’s Gulf coast on Wednesday afternoon, with roof-shredding winds, raging surf, and torrential rains.

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President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping may possibly meet at the G20 summit in Argentina in late October,  White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters yesterday.

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The growing trade war between the United States and China is impacting the global grains business.  In response to the Trump administration tariffs on Chinese goods, Beijing imposed levies on U.S. agricultural products, including a 25 percent tariff on soybeans, the single most valuable U.S. farm export. U.S. growers sold $12 billion worth of soybeans to China in 2017 alone.

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Market volatility and geopolitical tensions are reshaping global flows of poultry, and exporters need new strategies to adapt to this changing reality, RaboResearch, Food & Agribusiness, said in its New Global Poultry Trade Reality report. Slow growth and higher risks are hallmarks of the new global poultry trade.

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Challenges to changing antibiotic use in food animal production, and the associated economics, data and policy issues, were the focus of a workshop September 6-7 at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.  A collaboration of Farm Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS), the workshop drew more than 100 academics, federal analysts, policy makers, non-profit representatives and industry stakeholders.

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Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time on Tuesday this week. The new justice asked a handful of questions in the first argument of the day, following a traditional welcome from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wished Kavanaugh “a long and happy career in our common calling.”

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced her resignation on Tuesday.  In the Oval Office, with Haley by his side, President Trump told reporters that Haley had notified him six months ago that she was likely to depart at the end of the year. Without prompting from reporters, Haley said she had no plans to run for president in 2020 and would campaign for President Trump.

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Burger King has introduced a new deal. Starting today, participating Burger King restaurants will offer a 10-piece chicken nuggets for one dollar.

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U.S. total broiler slaughter data for the week ending October 13 is estimated by USDA’s Poultry Market News Service to be 168,203,000 broilers, a 1-percent increase from the same week a year earlier.

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