French Wheat Exports to Gain From Russia Supply Drop
Successful Farming 
– 10/10/2018
A brisk start to France’s wheat export season and less competition from Russian supplies led farming agency FranceAgriMer to raise its forecast for French soft wheat exports outside the European Union in 2018/19. FranceAgriMer pegged French soft wheat exports to non-EU destinations at 8.75 million tonnes, up from its initial outlook of 8.5 million in September and well above 8.1 million in 2017/18.

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What’s In, What’s Out of the New USMCA for U.S. Ag
Agri-Pulse 
– 10/10/2018
The biotech portion of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is just one example of several new ag provisions that were added during the overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA 2.0 as some are calling it – over the past year of negotiations. Dairy farmers, poultry producers, wine makers and others got big concessions, but the U.S. ag sector was primarily relieved that the massive three-country trade pact that oversees $1.2 trillion in commerce annually survived intact after President Donald Trump threatened repeatedly to pull the U.S. out.

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USMCA Sets Foundation for Biotech in Future Trade Pacts
Agri-Pulse – 10/10/2018

In the eyes of the Trump administration, the new trade deal binding the U.S., Mexico and Canada is a model for future agreements, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Agricultural Biotechnology section of the pact, now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. “This is one of those foundational chapters that we would want to have included in any other free trade negotiations,” said Floyd Gaibler, a director at the U.S. Grains Council. “This is our gold standard for biotech.”

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Meet the Crusading Reporter Brawling with Big Ag
E&E News 
– 10/5/2018
Carey Gillam’s critics might be surprised by some of the food in her kitchen. The longtime reporter, who now works for a consumer advocacy group, is pegged by her detractors as an activist at war against pesticides and genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. She’s spent years raising concerns about the weedkiller glyphosate in particular. But like many Americans, she has a fridge and pantry stocked with a mix of organic foods and conventional processed products. Humanely raised eggs and organic strawberries sit near Pillsbury dinner rolls, Hershey’s dessert toppings and other products that include GMOs and trace amounts of glyphosate, a pesticide that’s become nearly ubiquitous in U.S. food supplies.

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Farm Bill’s Base Acre Battle
DTN The Progressive Farmer – 10/10/2018

The principal negotiators working on the 2018 farm bill last week made a point of locking arms for a photo with reporters in Washington, D.C., reflecting they were all determined to negotiate a completed deal soon. But problems remain and reporters can find themselves standing in the hallways of Capitol meeting rooms just to hear the obligatory “We’re making progress” when the next round of conferencemeetings end. It can go on for days, weeks or months.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates