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Hundreds of Indonesian community leaders unite against palm oil for biofuels

More than two hundred Indonesian leaders of indigenous communities, farmers’ unions, smallholder organizations and human rights groups, have signed a petition addressed to the EU Council and the Indonesian Presidency against the use of palm oil in biofuels.
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US presses China on imports of US ag goods; Trump tempers expectations

President Trump is pushing China to boost its imports of US ag products by $25 billion, a dramatic increase from the current import tally of around $20 billion.

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Member states slam industry’s alcohol labelling proposal

The drinks industry’s self-regulatory alcohol labelling proposal was slammed by several member states at a meeting last month, a newly-published summary reveals.

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Consumer groups urge FDA to enhance traceability by adopting FSMA provisions

In the wake of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that has yet to be resolved, a coalition of consumer groups is calling on FDA to take steps to swiftly improve traceability of high-risk produce such as leafy greens.

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EU Direct Aid Payments - an overview

Direct aid payments to EU farmers have existed since the earliest days of the CAP, but until the early 1990s they were secondary in importance to market support. Following the “MacSharry reforms” of 1992, however, the balance between the two types of support shifted decisively in favour of direct payments.

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Commission deploys satellite data to assess compliance with CAP rules
Spirits producers say excise tax proposal could increase discrimination
EU agri-policy diary (May 28 – June 1): Strasbourg plenary, young farmers and EU-China relations
Member states slam industry’s alcohol labelling proposal
Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues
Hundreds of Indonesian community leaders unite against palm oil for biofuels
US presses China on imports of US ag goods; Trump tempers expectations
UK retailers take action on plastic, as new “plastic free” logo is launched
OECD urges governments to encourage plastic recycling, tax new plastics
Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill
EPA extends comment period for controversial science transparency rule
Consumer groups urge FDA to enhance traceability by adopting FSMA provisions
Slovak President wants to “restore law and order” to prevent CAP subsidy abuse
European Commission sets up expert group on rural Africa
MEPS call for block on GM maize approvals
EU to extend ban on Bangladeshi betel leaves until mid-2020
EPA sued for glyphosate residue records
Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap
Lack of coherent EU food policy blocks transition to sustainable farming - report
Roberts applauds bill to speed drug approvals for zoonotic diseases
Direct payments should go to active farmers delivering public goods – EESC opinion
GMO rule will impact ‘natural’ lawsuits, but consumer expectations still key, lawyer says
Tea claiming to be “detoxifying” breaches EU health claims regulation
DeLauro calls on Perdue to stop talks involving imports of China-raised chicken

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Direct payments should go to active farmers delivering public goods – EESC opinion

Direct payments should only go to active farmers and agricultural enterprises which are involved in agricultural production and deliver public goods, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). 
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EU consumers have the biggest potential to reduce food waste

EU consumers and households can contribute the most towards reducing food waste and implementing the circular economy package, the EU health and food safety Commissioner said. 
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Commission deploys satellite data to assess compliance with CAP rules

Land observation data derived from Copernicus satellites will be used to automatically assess farmers’ compliance with CAP rules and could even fully replace physical field visits conducted by public authorities.

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EU agri-policy diary (May 28 – June 1): Strasbourg plenary, young farmers and EU-China relations

Members of the European Parliament are due to meet this week in Strasbourg to discuss Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) measures for young farmers. Trade MEPs are also meeting to vote on a file on the EU’s relations with China.

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Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

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Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap

The US is pushing China to more than double its imports of US ag goods. Meanwhile, a biofuels policy meeting will be held today and the Commerce Dept. launched a Section 232 investigation on automobile imports.

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Roberts applauds bill to speed drug approvals for zoonotic diseases

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Wednesday (May 23) applauded members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for approving the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation (PAHPAI) Act, complete with provisions that would create expedited pathway for animal drugs that treat zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

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UK retailers take action on plastic, as new “plastic free” logo is launched

Efforts to reduce the use of plastic in the food arena are picking up pace with a “plastic free” logo being launched and two large retailers announcing their own initiatives.

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EU consumers have the biggest potential to reduce food waste

EU consumers and households can contribute the most towards reducing food waste and implementing the circular economy package, the EU health and food safety Commissioner said. 
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Commission deploys satellite data to assess compliance with CAP rules

Land observation data derived from Copernicus satellites will be used to automatically assess farmers’ compliance with CAP rules and could even fully replace physical field visits conducted by public authorities.

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Spirits producers say excise tax proposal could increase discrimination

Just hours after the European Commission unveiled a proposal to revise excise taxes on alcoholic drinks on 25 May Europe’s spirit’s producers warned it failed to address unfair distortions between different alcoholic beverages and risks increasing discrimination.

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EPA extends comment period for controversial science transparency rule

The Trump administration has extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to restrict the data EPA can use to support future regulations.
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Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

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EPA sued for glyphosate residue records

A consumer group has sued EPA for failing to release records related to FDA's testing of food for the herbicide glyphosate.

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Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap

The US is pushing China to more than double its imports of US ag goods. Meanwhile, a biofuels policy meeting will be held today and the Commerce Dept. launched a Section 232 investigation on automobile imports.

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