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JOE BIDEN

In the deal signed by former President Donald Trump in January 2020, China pledged to increase purchases of U.S. farm and manufactured goods, energy and services by $200 billion above 2017 levels during 2020 and 2021. Through November, China had met only about 60% of that goal.
President Joe Biden on Thursday, Jan. 13, announced his intention to appoint Whitney Place as Farm Service Agency executive director for Minnesota.
Supporters say it forces lawmakers to seek consensus, serves as important check on the party in power and ensures that major laws that affect American life don't change radically with every election.
USDA, Justice Department seek better collaboration, will establish complaint portal on potential violations of competition laws.

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The Department of Agriculture will spend the $1 billion from American Rescue Plan funds to expand the independent meat processing sector, including funds for financing grants, guaranteed loans, and worker training, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who was speaking at an event with Biden.
President Joe Biden's administration has delayed decisions on 2021 blending obligations by more than a year, and it missed a deadline to finalize 2022 obligations this week.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese unveiled a new report Wednesday, Sept. 8, that in unusually strong terms blamed consolidation in the beef, pork and poultry sectors for higher grocery store bills and unveiled new actions to address the situation.
The bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which the 100-member chamber passed in a 69-30 vote, could provide the nation's biggest investment in decades in roads, bridges, airports and waterways.
It remains to be seen if the Biden administration will be able to make more progress on these efforts than when he served as vice president under President Obama.
Corporate consolidation has been bad for farmers and ranchers, limiting their options when it comes to selling their products, the White House says. “That means they get less when they sell their produce and meat — even as prices rise at the grocery store.”

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An anticipated executive order will also address such competitive issues as delayed airline baggage, cellphone company practices and Pentagon contracts, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters.
The letter was signed by lawmakers from both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and states, including Iowa and Illinois. It included Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota and Representative Cheri Bustos from Illinois.
Keystone XL, which would have been under construction this year, was expected to carry 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta oil sands crude to Nebraska.

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