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The International Coffee Organization says coffee consumption in the United States is expected to grow at two percent a year until 2020. The United States is the world’s largest national coffee market and accounted for 16 percent of global coffee consumption during the 2015-16 coffee growing season. Continue reading

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The 2016 Export Exchange hosted by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association comes to a close Wednesday. More than 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products from more than 35 countries were attending the event in Detroit, Michigan. Continue reading

DuPont mergers
Two agriculture industry mergers expected to be completed by the end of the year now look delayed into the early part of 2017. Dow Chemical and DuPont’s merger may be delayed until February, as European antitrust officials take more time to consider potential competition issues in pesticides and crop seeds, according to Bloomberg. Continue reading

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Syngenta has moved forward with an appeal claiming the class action lawsuit over its Agrisure Viptera corn brand is built on “fundamental errors. Continue reading

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A Kansas Farm Bureau representative and agriculture law professor says proposed changes to the estate tax would likely be struck down if finalized and litigation followed. Continue reading

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams says the best time for the U.S. central bank to raise rates again likely will be at its policy gathering in December. Continue reading

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing pear tart tatin with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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There are ample agribusiness opportunities available throughout the world, according to Christopher Nolan Sr., managing director and co-head of food, beverage and agribusiness coverage at PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC, who gave the keynote address Tuesday to the more than 400 attendees of the Export Exchange 2016 conference. Continue reading

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses across the country save money on their energy costs by adopting renewable sources or implementing more efficient energy options. Vilsack made the announcement at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, during a meeting with several local business owners who will make use of these loans and grants. Continue reading

Advisory Committee
The annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics will take place in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8-9, 2016. The agenda includes a discussion of the 2017 Census of Agriculture; County Estimates and Farm Structure Panel update; response rate research; big data overview; National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) communications plan; a new online Census response tool; and the Agricultural Resource Management Survey and Chemical Use programs. There will also be an update on NASS by Administrator Hubert Hamer. Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension System, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Stephen D. Green, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will receive the 2016 Excellence in Extension Award. Green is cited for developing programs proven to increase knowledge of best practices in child care, enhanced opportunities for early childhood professionals and increased involvement by fathers with their children. Continue reading

Corn Harvest
Some corn growers are still playing catchup on corn harvesting. Gary Crawford has the story.

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Farm City Newsday Get the latest agriculture news in today’s Farm City Newsday, hosted by Sabrina Hill. To listen or subscribe Continue reading

American Butter Institute
John Ellenberger of Land O’ Lakes, Inc. was elected the new president of the American Butter Institute at the group’s Board of Directors’ meeting in mid-October. The board also designated the first and second vice president of the organization, which represents the companies manufacturing the majority of the nation’s butter products. Continue reading

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A California egg farm was the victim of “stealth visits” by an animal activist group. Industry groups warn growers to be vigilant about basic security and educating employees. Continue reading

Cathy Isom tells us why we shouldn’t have a problem picking out the perfect pumpkin to make our jack-o-lantern for our Halloween festivities this year. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Today’s commodity report: National Weekly Rice Summary, California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, Shell Eggs: Daily National Egg Market and other commodity end of the day market numbers.

California Weekly Wholesale Feedstuff Prices (.pdf)

National Weekly Rice Summary

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Los angeles
The Los Angeles Unified School District last week voted to loosen restrictions on flavored milks in school. The 6-1 vote allows chocolate and strawberry milk back into the city’s public school lunchrooms through a voluntary pilot program to study the effects of reintroducing flavored milk. Continue reading

DuPont is planning to sell a company-owned herbicide business to reduce potential antitrust concerns to a $59 billion merger with U.S. competitor Dow Chemical Co. Continue reading

A small region of Belgium that blocked a major trade deal last week between the European Union and Canada won’t give in on its position. Belgium’s Wallonia region had until Monday evening to make a final decision regarding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, but a leader for the region said: “We will not decide anything under an ultimatum or under pressure.” Continue reading

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