**Six states filed a joint amicus brief in U.S. federal court last week in support of Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, adding to a growing list of legal supporters for the export terminal project.

The states, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas and Nebraska, assert the State of Washington is violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution by politicizing the regulatory process and denying project permits because the exported commodity is coal.

The brief says Defendants are trying to force policy preferences on other states and impeding the free flow of commerce.

**An effort to improve the sustainability of U.S. beef is now available, giving stakeholders a look at the goals of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

Agri-Pulse reports, the roundtable describes it’s Sustainability Framework as “a set of resources” the beef supply chain can use “to improve the sustainability of U.S. beef.”

The framework offers a look at sustainability goals in six areas: air and greenhouse gas; animal health and well-being; efficiency and yield; employee safety and well-being; land resources; and water resources.


**The world's biggest oilseed processor has confirmed one of the soybean market's biggest fears: China has essentially stopped buying U.S. supplies amid the brewing trade war.

Bunge CEO Soren Schroder says they’re buying beans from Canada and Brazil, mostly Brazil, but very deliberately not buying anything from the U.S.

Last month, China announced planned tariffs on American shipments of soybeans.


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