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  Tuesday, December 5




Nominations for 2018 Board of Directors due Friday
From Edge, a dairy farmer cooperative  

From left: Brody Stapel, Jim Winn, John Pagel, Jerry Meissner, Randy Hallet and Todd Doornink

Edge Nominating Committee is seeking Edge members qualified and interested in joining the Edge Board of Directors for the 2018 program year. Members are encouraged to participate by nominating either themselves or other individuals to positions that will be available at the end of fiscal year 2017.

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Week of Nov. 27- Dec. 1:

Dairy market numbers

From U.S. Department of Agriculture

Cream for butter production is fairly available. Butter makers are actively producing butter as lingering orders present manufacturers with the need to keep churning. However, some are choosing to slow down churns until the first of the year.

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Seven differences Republicans must resolve between their tax bills

By By Jeff Stein, Kim Soffen, Reuben Fischer-Baum and

Kevin Uhrmacher, The Washington Post

Senate Republicans passed their tax overhaul in a 51-to-49 vote early Saturday morning, taking a critical step toward accomplishing their top legislative goal.


But the GOP has not crossed the finish line just yet. Both the Senate and the House have passed tax reform bills that have a lot in common — including dramatic cuts in corporate tax rates, the elimination of a number of personal tax deductions, and a big change in the estate tax — but these bills also have a number of crucial differences that must be resolved before a final version can be sent to President Trump's desk for signing.

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Opinion: Withdrawal from NAFTA

will harm U.S. agriculture

By Dermot Hayes, Agri-Pulse

The United States exported more than $12 billion of agricultural products to Mexico in 2016. This included approximately 10 percent of all pork production and 5 percent of poultry and beef production. Dairy product exports exceeded $1 billion, and corn, soybeans, and wheat exports reached $5 billion. While Mexico is known for its exports of fruits and vegetables, U.S. exports of such products to Mexico reached $1.3 billion. These exports have grown rapidly because of free trade between the United States and Mexico and, until recently, were expected to continue growing.                 

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GOP crafts spending bill provisions aimed

at speeding repeal of water protection rule

By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

House and Senate Republicans have inserted language into spending bills aimed at blocking legal challenges to the Trump administration’s effort to repeal a 2015 water protection rule that gave two federal agencies broad leeway in regulating activities that could affect streams and tributaries.


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who challenged the rule in federal court when he was Oklahoma’s attorney general, has made repeal of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) a top priority. He traveled to Kentucky on Thursday to meet with Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and members of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, in part to discuss how to rewrite the rule. Both the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would carry out the regulation.

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USDA publishes school meals rule,

expands options, eases challenges

From U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided local food service professionals the flexibility they need to serve wholesome, nutritious, and tasty meals in schools across the nation. The new School Meal Flexibility Rule, published today, makes targeted changes to standards for meals provided under USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and asks customers to share their thoughts on those changes with the Department.

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