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Thornier Trade Issues Await After Initial U.S. - China Deal

Jan 17, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday described an initial trade agreement with China as "righting the wrongs of the past and delivering a future of economic justice and security for...

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Illinois Ag Director Resigns Over Response To Rape Email

Jan 17, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist's email seven years ago that referenced an...

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High Anxiety: Proposed U.S. Hemp Rules Worry Industry

Jan 17, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be...

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Minnesotans Are Drinking Water Contaminated By Nitrate

Jan 17, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Years of unchecked agricultural pollution has led Minnesotans to drink tap water that is contaminated with unsafe levels of nitrate, a chemical associated with cancer and other...

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DHS Briefs Kansas Lawmakers On Business, Agriculture Threats

Jan 17, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Foreign governments are trying to get proprietary information about Kansas business and agricultural assets, state legislators heard Tuesday in extraordinary, secret briefings...

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U.S. Lobster Industry Hopes New Deal Renews Trade With China

Jan 17, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the American lobster industry are hopeful the thawing of trade relations between the U.S. and China will reopen one of the biggest markets in the world for lobsters...

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Corn spill forms smooth path on Minnesota railroad tracks

Jan 10, 2020

CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) — Bushels and bushels of corn spilled from a freight train and formed a smooth, yellow path for more than a third of a mile on railroad tracks in a northern Minneapolis suburb...

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Iowa-Illinois port designation sought along Mississippi

Jan 10, 2020

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Several Iowa and Illinois counties hope to form a sprawling port district along the Mississippi River — a plan that backers say would improve access to federal funding and aid...

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China's economy czar going to Washington to sign trade deal

Jan 10, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy czar will visit Washington next week for the signing of an interim trade deal, the government said Thursday. Vice Premier Liu He, Beijing's chief envoy in talks with...

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Soaring pork prices keeps China's inflation at 7-year high

Jan 10, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Soaring pork prices that nearly doubled in December over a year ago kept inflation at a seven-year high despite government efforts to ease meat shortages caused by a disease outbreak,...

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The other fake meat- Impossible Foods unveils pork, sausage

Jan 10, 2020

(AP) After a big year for its plant-based burger, Impossible Foods has something new on its plate. The California-based company unveiled Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage on Monday evening at...

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Another U.S. Dairy, Borden, seeks bankruptcy protection

Jan 10, 2020

(AP) The U.S. dairy industry, the largest in the world, is under severe pressure as the consumption habits of Americans shift. Borden Dairy Co. filed for bankruptcy protection, the second major U.S...

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Pivotal times for famous Chesapeake Bay oysters

Jan 3, 2020

Robert T. Brown pulled an oyster shell from a pile freshly harvested by a dredger from the Chesapeake Bay and talked enthusiastically about the larvae attached — a sign of a future generation...

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Illinois sees first legal sales of recreational marijuana

Jan 3, 2020

The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes is now legal in Illinois. The change took effect with the new year, to the delight of pot fans. Many began lining up hours early at dispensaries. The...

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US construction spending up 0.6% in November, led by housing

Jan 3, 2020

Spending on U.S. construction projects rose a solid 0.6% in November as gains in home building and government projects offset weakness in nonresidential construction. The report from the Commerce...

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