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Canada threatens US with tariffs

OTTAWA (Dow Jones) -- Canada is looking at slapping duties on iconic U.S. products ranging from California wine to ketchup after the World Trade Organization (WTO) found America's meat-labeling laws offside for a third time in five years.

A WTO appeal panel ruled that a U.S. law requiring grocery stores to list the country of origin on meat products discriminates against Canadian and Mexican livestock, in a decision made public Monday.

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American Farm Bureau survey shows big data use increasing, big questions remain

The following is an article from the MFBF:

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, but most remain wary of risks involved with big data collection. Fully 77.5 percent of farmers surveyed said they feared regulators and other government officials might gain access to their private information without their knowledge or permission. Nearly 76 percent of respondents said they were concerned others could use their information for commodity market speculation without their consent.

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USDA announces measures to help farmers diversify weed control efforts

WASHINGTON, - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.

"Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today," said Vilsack. "USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify ways to encourage producers to adopt diverse tactics for weed management in addition to herbicide control. The actions we are taking today are part of this effort."

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Montana Stockgrowers Association encourages industry to consider stakes of checkoff reform

The following is an article by The Montana Stockgrowers Association:

In response to beef industry stakeholder concerns about the structure and proposed reform of the national beef checkoff program, Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) encourages cattle producers to consider critically what is at stake for the industry research, education and promotion efforts.

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Market insider

CORN ANALYSIS - Corn closed the week $.12 1/2 higher. Last week, private exporters announced sales of 246,000 mts of corn to unknown destinations.

Weekly export sales of corn showed corn sales of 75.7 mb. In the weekly crop progress report, the USA announced corn harvest progress advanced to only 24% complete nationwide, well below the 5-year average of 43% complete. This implies at least 11 billion bushels of corn has to be harvested and placed into storage.

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