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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - July 13, 2018

Trump issues pardons, farm bill meeting approaches and more tariffs possible.

Need a quick catch up on the news? Here are 7 agricultural stories you might have missed this week. 

1. U.S. House and Senate ag leaders plan to begin meeting this month to hammer out a new farm bill. Principal conference committee players are Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). – American Agriculturalist

2. Beef and pork producers testified Thursday at a Food and Drug Administration public hearing regarding the production of foods using animal cell culture technology. - Feedstuffs

3. By Aug. 30, the White House will be ready to impose 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese-made products, ranging from clothing to television parts to refrigerators. The levies announced Tuesday -- together with some $50 billion already in the works -- stand to raise import prices on almost half of everything the U.S. buys from China. Late in the week, the U.S. and China signaled they were open to resuming trade negotiations.  – Farm Futures

4. Acting EPA Administration Andrew Wheeler is a politically savvy former Senate staffer. Wheeler shares Trump and Pruitt’s environmental agenda, including proposals to roll back regulations addressing climate change and pollution. – Western Farmer Stockman

5. New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows how climate change has affected agricultural timelines and the yields of six major crops in the U.S. The last frost of spring now occurs roughly seven days earlier than it did 100 years ago and the first frost of the fall hits about five days later, though the trends did vary by region. – Nebraska Farmer 

6. The makers of organic food are pushing back against the Trump administration, which has killed a slate of proposed regulatory changes for raising and manufacturing organic products after coming to power promising to remove “job-killing regulations.” Stringent regulations are crucial to maintaining consumer confidence in the USDA organic label. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist 

7. President Trump issued full pardons for ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond on Tuesday. The two were sentenced to five years in prison for setting a fire that consumed more than 100 acres of public grazing land. – Western Farmer Stockman 

And your bonus:

Rick Grant, who was known as the Corn King and Bean Baron of Maine, died last year at 57, leaving his estate to become embroiled in a bitter dispute that led to an auction. The family had worked the land since the 1700s. – Boston Globe 

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