Paris Wheat Eases After Two-Month High on Export Hopes
Hellenic Shipping News – 12/17/2018
Euronext wheat futures ended lower on Friday after an earlier two-month high linked to brightening export prospects triggered some selling before the weekend, traders said. Benchmark March milling wheat on Paris-based Euronext settled 0.75 euros, or 0.4 percent, lower at 206.75 euros ($233.69) a tonne. It earlier hit a two-month peak at 208.50 euros before the latest gains prompted a bout of selling, traders said. Over the week, it was up 1.5 percent compared with last Friday’s closing level of 203.75 euros.

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Trump Tariff Bailouts Would Probably Be Delayed By USDA Shutdown
Successful Farming – 12/17/2018
Federal meat inspectors would report to work as usual and the SNAP and WIC programs would stay in operation if there is a partial government shutdown at the end of this week, according to a USDA plan developed for the brief shutdown early this year. Offices running the farm program would be closed, which probably would mean that Trump tariff payments would be delayed until the government opened again. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met White House officials at the end of last week to discuss release of a second round of the payments, intended to buffer the impact of trade war with China on U.S. agriculture.

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Winter Durum in Development for Western Kansas
The Hutchinson News – 12/16/2018
Wheat growers in western Kansas may have an opportunity in upcoming years to grow durum varieties thanks to the Kansas State University Wheat Breeding Program. Although durum is not traditionally grown in Kansas because it is normally a spring wheat, Andy Auld, assistant agronomist, and Dr. Allan Fritz, professor and wheat breeder at K-State, along with others, are developing wheat lines of durum that will be winter wheats. “What we’re doing is developing a winter variety of durum that could be planted in Kansas at the same time as we plant our common hard red winter wheats. These would survive the winter and be harvested in the summer, the same as red wheat,” Auld said.

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Oklahoma Wheat Fills Haitian Bellies
High Plains Journal – 12/17/2018
After a mission trip to Africa in 2003, Monte Stewart and his wife, Shelly, decided they wanted to find a way to feed hungry people in impoverished countries. They began their non-profit organization, which is now Stamp Out Starvation, in 2007 and Monte worked part-time for the first five years. However, the program continued to grow and in 2010 he became the full-time director of the organization. Headquartered in Cherokee, Oklahoma, SOS packages meals an average of three times a week. People helping package meals often include FFA chapters, churches and even employees of businesses looking for a service project. In 2017, SOS shipped 2,741,399 meals to hungry people.

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Nebraska Senators, Ag Leaders Pleased With New WOTUS Definition
Farm & Ranch – 12/16/2018
Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army proposed a new definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. “Our proposal would replace the Obama EPA’s 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates