Three days of U.S.-China trade talks ended in Beijing on Wednesday with a cautious sense of optimism  in the negotiations, including a commitment by China to buy more U.S. agricultural goods, energy, and manufactured items.

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President Trump on Wednesday invited congressional leaders of both parties to the White House to restart talks on the longest government shutdown of all time. In the meeting, President Trump asked Democratic leaders whether they had any new proposals to resolve the impasse.  But is soon became clear that they did not.

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National Chicken Council Chairman of the Board Mark Kaminsky, COO of Koch Foods,  has announced the chairs for NCC’s 2019 standing committees.

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Century Club Charities, host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, presented a $1.25 million gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital on Thursday, January 10. Also during the event, Century Club Charities presented a second gift to FOCH for $125,000, with $100,000 through Mac Elliot in memory of Sidney Allen, Sr., former Board Chairman of Friends of Children’s Hospital, and $25,000 in other designated donations.

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The House of Representatives yesterday passed a standalone spending measure to provide funding for the Departments of Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.  The House voted 244-180 to approve the funding measure.  Twelve Republicans bucked party lines to join Democrats in voting for the bill.

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When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a number of key farm reports would not be released today because of the partial government shutdown, the phones at crop forecaster Gro Intelligence were very busy, according to a report from Reuters.

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It was announced on Wednesday that President Trump has formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to be EPA administrator.  The nomination was expected after President Trump announced his intentions in November.  It is unclear how long it will take to confirm Wheeler.

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Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest member,  issued his first written opinion on Tuesday this week, writing for a unanimous court, in upholding the power of contract arbitration bolstering companies’ ability to use arbitration to resolve disputes with customers or other businesses.

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