Volume 89 | December 16, 2019
Canada, Mexico, U.S. sign changes to new NAFTA
House Democrats embraced the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement after securing key revisions and announced plans to vote on the deal next week, putting President Donald Trump closer to a political win as he heads into the 2020 election.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the changes her House Democats were able to negotiate, saying the revised deal is better for American workers. She said the new version of the accord, known as the USMCA, will be a model for other trade agreements going forward.

“This is the day we have been waiting for,” Pelosi told reporters. “It is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration.”
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CNS Disease in Pigs: Diagnosis and Prognosis
It’s often easy to spot a sick pig, but diagnosing the disease or ailment is often not. In a recent webinar, “Disease Management of Viral Myelitis,” veterinarians and veterinary pathologists detailed the clinical signs producers need to consider to accurately diagnose—and potentially address—three diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) in pigs: porcine astrovirus 3 (PoAstV3), porcine sapelovirus (PSV), and porcine teschovirus (PTV).
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Elects President, Presents Awards
Joe Bragger was elected president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance Co. following the organization’s 100th annual meeting on Dec. 8. Bragger is a dairy farmer from Independence in Buffalo County. He succeeds Jim Holte, who served as WFBF president since 2012.
USDA Extends Deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage, Market Facilitation Programs
Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today extended the deadline to December 20 for producers to enroll in the  Dairy Margin Coverage  (DMC) program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been December 13. USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through December 20.
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