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Progress on US-China Trade deal brings good news for fruit, grain, dairy, and meat producers

Blueberries, Hass avocados, and barley can now be exported to China from the US, according to the latest update on the Phase One US-China trade deal announced May 21 by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.

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Scientists sound off on EPA’s exclusion of agricultural biomass as biogenic C02

Anticipated exclusion of agricultural biomass, which is used to make food, fuel, or fiber, from an EPA proposal declaring carbon neutrality only for woody pulp feedstock, has triggered a protest letter from 21 scientists to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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Restaurant reopening guidelines from nonprofits, industry set a cautious path forward

A 13-point set of “Safety First” COVID-19 re-opening guidelines for restaurants, issued May 14 by The Aspen Institute, has been dubbed the “platinum standard” by at least one celebrity chef – Patrick Mulvaney, owner of namesake Building & Loan in Sacramento, Calif.

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Coalition asks Congress to prod EPA to redefine biogenic CO2 emissions

After 10 years of trying, a coalition of agricultural product processors is turning to Congress for help prodding EPA to declare agricultural biomass – used for feed, fuel, or fiber – as carbon neutral and thus not subject to Clean Air Act regulation.

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Iowa Sen. Ernst urges CARES aid for egg producers

Egg producers need to be included in the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, which is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, says Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), in a May 5 letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Coalition says Prop 65 changes would hurt online retailers, food and beverage makers

Recently proposed amendments to California’s Proposition 65 would be “highly detrimental” to online retailing in the state and should be retracted, says a coalition of business groups, including advocates for food and beverage producers. 

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