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Branstad preps for role as China ambassador as Xi heads to US

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 3, 2017 -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad heads to D.C. this week to meet with lawmakers and U.S. State Department officials about his nomination as Ambassador to China. The trip comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to meet with President Donald Trump in Florida, but Brandstad said he won’t be joining those discussions.
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Cotton, soy plantings to rise; corn, wheat to fall, USDA forecasts

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2017 – U.S. cotton farmers are planning to sow 12.2 million acres this year, up 21 percent from last year, USDA said today. The estimate is also up from the 11.5 million planted acres the department predicted in February. Projections for most other major crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat, hewed closely to the February estimates.
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