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Portugal votes for plastic packaging ban on fruit, vegetables and bread

The Portuguese parliament has voted to end the distribution of plastic bags and disposable non-renewable containers for food products such as bread, fruits and vegetables in shops selling these groceries.

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USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

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Russia suspends pork imports from Serbia following ASF outbreak

Russia has joined the list of countries blocking pork imports from Serbia following news that African Swine Fever (ASF) has reached the Balkan country for the first time.

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Yuma's romaine cleared of pathogenic bacteria in FDA's small cooler study

The embattled Yuma, Ariz. growing region received some good news this week as FDA reported results of a 2018 sampling assignment of romaine lettuce taken from commercial coolers that found no Salmonella and one E. coli sample that turned out not to be pathogenic.

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Defra promises ‘no deal’ support as farming campaign group warns of widespread bankruptcies

The UK’s Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has insisted it “will not hesitate” to provide direct support for certain agriculture sectors in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, following the publication of a report claiming up to half of farms in the UK could go bankrupt under such a scenario.

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EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

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Romanian government develops retail chain for fruits and vegetables

The Romanian government is introducing its own retail chain for local fruits and vegetables to improve farmers’ opportunities to sell their produce, local media have reported.

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Forecast for EU wheat production raised

A prominent consultancy has sharply increased its forecasts for EU wheat production and exports this season, as the record-breaking heatwaves in early summer turned out to have little impact.

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California moves ahead with plan to ban chlorpyrifos

California environmental officials have taken the next step towards imposing a statewide ban on banning chlorpyrifos, sending notices on Wednesday (Aug. 13) to registrants that their product registrations will be cancelled because of concerns about the public health risks from the widely-used insecticide.

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EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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US, China clash over US compliance ruling at WTO DSB meeting

The US and China tussled over the adoption of an Appellate Body decision on US non-compliance with a dispute panel ruling about various countervailing duty investigations while requests for dispute panels were granted to probe India's sugar subsides during an August 15 meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).

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Research into salt content of snack sparks call for compulsory front-of-pack nutrition labelling

New research which analysed 555 savoury picnic “finger foods” available from retailers, such as olives and pasties, revealed high levels of salt in one in four of the products.

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Romanian government develops retail chain for fruits and vegetables

The Romanian government is introducing its own retail chain for local fruits and vegetables to improve farmers’ opportunities to sell their produce, local media have reported.

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EU palm oil imports dropped by 30%

Six weeks into the marketing year, EU imports of palm oil were down by around a third compared to last season.

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Norwegian industry body pushes for liberalisation of alcohol sales policy

Norwegian industry organisation Virke is pushing for Norway’s 3,000 kiosks and gas stations to get the same rights to sell beer as the country’s grocery stores. If this isn’t possible, the group is looking to lobby to move all beer sales to the country-owned Vinmonopolet liquor stores instead. 

 

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General Mills lays out strategy for reducing pesticide use

General Mills is scoring points for sharing plans to reduce pesticide use in its agricultural supply chain, detailing its strategies for promoting regenerative agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as well as expanding organic production and promoting pollinator health.

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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Day ahead – August 15, 2019: China threatens a response to new US tariffs

China warned it would respond if new US tariffs take effect September 1 as scheduled. Meanwhile, a Japanese official said talks with the US toward a mini ag and auto trade deal are making progress and a Gallup poll revealed one in seven Americans use CBD-based products.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

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