Ag News: Grain Export Record
**The USDA has announced that data shows U.S. exports of grain in all forms are on track to set a new record in 2017-18.
According to agweb.com, during the first 10 months of the marketing year, September to June, the U.S. exported 98.3 million metric tons of grain in all forms, up 2 percent year-over-year from last year’s record-setting pace.
Worth noting, trade with NAFTA trading partners, Mexico and Canada, has increased 3.7 percent and 12.6 percent year-over-year, respectively.
**Livestock haulers attempting to get the hours of service rules fixed through the Electronic Logging Device regulation, that went in place for most truckers last December, could see a reprieve thanks to a bi-partisan solution.
ELD enforcement for livestock haulers would be delayed until next September thanks to language in an amendment
passed by a Senate spending bill.
Agweb.com reports the House and President Trump still need to approve the bill before the extension goes into effect.
**The largest Native American philanthropic institution in history has been set up to distribute $266 million awarded to Indian farmers and ranchers as part of a 2011 settlement with USDA.
As reported in Agri-Pulse, the settlement was the result of a lawsuit, Keepseagle v. U.S., alleging systematic discrimination by the department against Native American farmers and ranchers.
More than $300 million has already been distributed, and now a trust called the Native American Agriculture Fund has been established.