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Maine officials blast USDA hemp rule

Maine agricultural officials are unconvinced by USDA’s hemp production rule and say the new regulatory regime will be difficult for states with existing hemp programs to implement and could drive farmers away from the potentially lucrative crop.

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Baltic farmers criticise EU’s "broken promise" on CAP convergence

A coalition of Baltic farming associations has asked EU leaders for a “new political commitment” to ensure a “fairer” distribution of CAP direct payments.  

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Government payments key contributor to rise in 2019 farm income forecast

US net farm income is now forecast at $92.5 billion for 2019, up $8.5 billion (10.2 percent) from the 2018 level, according to USDA’s November 2019 Farm Income Forecast.

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Arizona study seeks to help leafy greens growers predict pathogens in canals

While FDA chases after the source of another mysterious outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce from California, a study funded by the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is seeking to identify strategies to prevent last year’s deadly outbreak of E. coli in romaine from Yuma, Arizona.

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EU agriculture policy diary (December 9-13): Commission presents European Green Deal

The European Commission goes to the Parliament with its big policy vision while the European Council tries to make progress on the EU budget for 2021-27.
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EU votes to ban chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl

EU member states have supported draft decisions not to renew the EU approvals for the insecticides, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl. The European Commission proposed the move in response to health concerns raised in risk assessments conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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CAP reform fails to safeguard Europe’s soil, think-tank finds

The environmental ambition in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not good enough to shift farmers away from unsustainable agriculture practices and protect soil health, according to the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).

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Legal expert says Commission’s one in, one out rule for law-making inapplicable

A European legal affairs expert has warned that the red tape busting one in, one out policy towards new regulation dear to the heart of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is not applicable under EU law.

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House lawmakers want quick action on organic origin of livestock rule

A bipartisan coalition of five House members is urging the Trump administration to quickly finalize the USDA’s origin of organic livestock rule, calling the regulation “critical for thousands of organic dairy farmers across the country.”

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Day ahead – Dec. 6, 2019: US ag trade, WOTUS update and FTC settlement

US agricultural exports rose in October, starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with a solid trade surplus. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its plan to replace and repeal a controversial Obama-era rule that rankled many in agriculture while a supplement maker has settled with the government over deceptive ad claims.

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USDA to open CRP general signup Dec. 9 as signaled earlier this year

General signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) with changes brought by the 2018 Farm Bill will open Dec. 9 and run through Feb. 28, 2020, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced Thursday (Dec. 5), making good on statements from USDA officials earlier this year they would start a general enrollment in December.

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USDA rolling on with revamp of biotech crop rule

USDA officials are bullish on the latest proposal to overhaul the department’s regulatory framework for biotech crops, voicing confidence the time is finally ripe for change.

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Industry hits out at “closed list” for supplements in Norway

The sports nutrition industry has criticised Norwegian legislation that enters into force in January 2020 because it establishes a “closed list” of substances permissible in food and food supplements.

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EU votes to ban chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl

EU member states have supported draft decisions not to renew the EU approvals for the insecticides, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl. The European Commission proposed the move in response to health concerns raised in risk assessments conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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Legal expert says Commission’s one in, one out rule for law-making inapplicable

A European legal affairs expert has warned that the red tape busting one in, one out policy towards new regulation dear to the heart of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is not applicable under EU law.

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New Zealand prepares for 2020 referendum on cannabis

The New Zealand government has unveiled its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill which is designed to govern the recreational cannabis market and includes CBD products.

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FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

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Day ahead – Dec. 6, 2019: US ag trade, WOTUS update and FTC settlement

US agricultural exports rose in October, starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with a solid trade surplus. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its plan to replace and repeal a controversial Obama-era rule that rankled many in agriculture while a supplement maker has settled with the government over deceptive ad claims.

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USDA rolling on with revamp of biotech crop rule

USDA officials are bullish on the latest proposal to overhaul the department’s regulatory framework for biotech crops, voicing confidence the time is finally ripe for change.

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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

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