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2018 was a tough year for U.S. trade relations, but 2019 holds potential for a little more peace on the trading front. President Trump reached a tentative truce with China President Xi Jinping during the much-anticipated G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 1, 2018.

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Merck announced on Dec. 14 that it will be acquiring privately held company Antelliq – the corporate brand for Allflex. Antelliq will be a wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division.

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The U.S. ag community can breathe a small sigh of relief, the 2018 Farm Bill has received approval from both the House and the Senate, and only lacks the president’s signature before it is ready to go into action.

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McDonald’s recently announced that they will be enacting a policy change to reduce the use of medically important antibiotics, which according to their news release, applies across 85 percent of their global beef supply chain.

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A California-based group of Hereford breeders raised $40,800 to donate to cattlemen affected by the California Camp Fire on Dec. 1, 2018, at the Western States National Hereford Sale in Reno, Nevada. The money was raised through the sale of Hereford heifer DF 0245 Emma 907 741 ET.

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Bayer AG, the Germany-based parent company of Bayer Animal Health, announced Nov. 29 that it plans to drop animal health services and other brand products in its portfolio.

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