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U.S. Chamber launching campaign against tariffs; NKY Chamber, Toyota say jobs threatened

By Judy Clabes KyForward.com The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the possibility of an emerging all-out trade war. The national Chamber says that $1.5 billion in Kentucky exports are threatened and that 539,000 Kentucky jobs are supported by global trade. When the U.S. imposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Canada...

Quarles to host USDA Under Secretary for Trade McKinney for roundtable June 6

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that he will hold a roundtable with United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney on June 6 at 9 a.m. at the Limestone Café located in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. “Kentucky agriculture needs international trade, but the rest of the world needs Kentucky agriculture,” Quarles said....

Bill Straub: White House turned into ATM machine and other ugly stuff; McConnell’s getting fleas

Any attempt to pinpoint President Trump’s most grievous sin against the body politic is rather like picking out one particular star in a moonless night sky – the process could continue forever. A simple recitation of the known violence the president has perpetrated upon the nation he was chosen to serve would sate an entire column even without the usual smart-aleck asides. There is, of course,...

The Rural Blog: China has apparently stopped buying U.S. soybeans, a move that will hurt farmers

“Chinese importers have canceled purchases of corn and cut orders for pork,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Chinese importers’ new orders of sorghum, a grain used in animal feed, have dwindled while cancellations increased. . . . Livestock operations and food processors in China typically switch their soybean purchasing from the U.S. to Brazil and Argentina in the North American...

Ag commissioner praises signing of new agreement to resume live equine exports to China

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles praised the resumption of live equine exports to China at a signing ceremony in Beijing Monday. The agreement, signed by United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Minister Zhi Shuping of the People’s Republic of China, clears the way for the importation of all breeds of U.S. horses, including high-quality Thoroughbred racing horses, to China, where...

Mission trips for Campbellsville University students, faculty, staff continue through summer months

By Linda Waggener Special to KyForward Mission trips for Campbellsville University’s 2015-16 academic year began with the new year during the holidays, continued on spring break and many are in progress this summer as students, faculty and staff serve all around the world — from Campbellsville University to Thailand to New Mexico, from China to Belize. Here are reports on three of them.
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