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Washington Insider--Friday
Fri Oct 18, 2013 06:27 AM CDT

Here's a quick monitor of Washington farm and trade policy issues from DTN's well-placed observer.

U.S. Absence from APEC Meeting Dims Prospects for Trade Deal

During the recent government shutdown, President Obama cancelled his scheduled overseas travel. His absence from the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was noted by the leaders of the 12 countries participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations who sounded less optimistic about completing the TPP talks this year.

In a statement, the other leaders (who also were attending the APEC meetings) reaffirmed the objective of completing the talks this year. However, ...

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