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Bob Larson Rural Health Care and Syngenta Viptera Settlement
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Program: The Agribusiness Update
Date: July 04, 2017

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From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**“Affordable access to quality health coverage is a high priority for all Americans, especially farmers and ranchers.”

That’s according to National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson, reacting to the House-passed legislation to repeal Obamacare and the Senate counterpart.

Johnson says what he hears most about rural healthcare is that insurance has become both available and affordable. While admitting there are flaws with Obamacare, he’s deeply concerned the GOP’s proposals could reverse the gains.

**It was unprecedented in 2013 when the U.S. and Brazil announced they were lifting their bans on each other’s beef, but critics were quick to warn Brazilian standards weren’t up to the task.

About a week ago, the USDA told Brazil they were finding far too many safety violations to allow further imports from the country.

At the outset, USDA Under Secretary for Foreign Ag Services Michael Scuse was celebrating the historic deal, but U.S. Cattlemen’s Association’s Jess Peterson didn’t agree then and is now struggling not to say “I told you so.”

**A jury in the Syngenta Viptera trial determined more than 7,000 Kansas corn growers who did not use Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera or Duracade seeds should be compensated to the tune of $217.7 million.

That’s the amount requested following China’s suspension of U.S. corn imports for about a year in 2013 after China found traces of the MIR 162 trait in Viptera in U.S. corn.

It was the first decision in a series of class-action lawsuits. Another involving Minnesota growers is slated to begin next month.

Syngenta plans to appeal.

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