Now Trump says he’ll renegotiate NAFTA. Or maybe not.

After rattling the nerves of the farm sector, President Trump said "we're going to give re-negotiation a good strong shot," rather than abandoning the North American Free Trade Agreement. "I decided rather than terminating NAFTA, which would be a pretty big, you know, shock to the system, we will re-negotiate," Trump told reporters while meeting Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

Green group challenges EPA to regulate neonic-coated seeds

A petition filed with EPA calls for the agency to treat seeds coated with neonicotinoid insecticides as a pesticide, ending an exemption for the seeds. The petition was backed by three national beekeeper associations, worried the insecticides are a factor in population declines of honeybees.

Cargill sells feedlots, will rely on others to raise cattle

One of the world's largest food processors, privately owned Cargill announced sale of its two remaining feedlots, holding 155,000 head of cattle, to ethanol maker Green Plains. The transaction will make Green Plains the fourth-largest cattle feeder in the nation with a feedlot capacity of 255,000 head, said Drovers Cattle Network.

Two Midwesterners in contention for No. 2 at USDA

Indiana mega-farmer Kip Tom and Iowa agriculture secretary Bill Northey "seem to be the top contenders" for deputy agriculture secretary, says Politico, with sources saying talk of Northey for the job "has been increasing in recent days." After the agricultural roundtable with President Trump on Tuesday, Northey said he had not been offered any USDA position but would consider it if offered, said Iowa Farmer Today.

FDA asks for longer compliance period for menu labeling

Days before menu-labeling regulations were to take effect, the Food and Drug Administration filed an interim final rule for White House review that would allow the food industry more time to comply with the regulations. The brief notice posted by the White House budget office, which acts as the …

Top Democrat on House Ag panel, Peterson, to seek re-election

Fourteen-term Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, a regular target of Republicans as a Democrat in a GOP-leaning district, told Roll Call that he's running for another term. "Yeah, I'm running. I've got 700 grand in the bank," the Democratic leader on the House Agriculture Committee told the Capitol Hill newspaper.

Patagonia threatens to sue over national monument review

The outdoor retailer Patagonia says it’s prepared to sue if the Trump Administration tries to revoke any of the country's national monuments. Trump has ordered an unprecedented review by the Department of Interior of all national monuments established under the 1906 Antiquities Act in the last two decades.

Trump orders review of national monuments, Bears Ears in particular

Under an order from President Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will report by Labor Day whether the federal government was justified in preserving land in the West as national monuments over the past two decades. Trump specifically questioned the creation of the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears …

Farm groups urge Trump to preserve NAFTA

The Trump administration is mulling a draft executive order to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA, says a senior White House official, according to Reuters. NAFTA renegotiations were expected to start in August, but a withdrawal by the U.S. could rush the timeline.

Diet sodas linked to stroke and dementia

Drinking one to six diet sodas a week doubles the risk for stroke and may also increase the risk for dementia, according to a study of 4,000 people over age 45 in the journal Stroke. The reasons for the link are unknown, says The New York Times.