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US Futures Review: Soybeans fall amid bearish fundamentals

Soybean futures ended lower Tuesday, erasing Monday’s gains as a focus shifted to bearish global soybean fundamentals. Soybean meal and soybean oil futures also ended lower. May soybeans were 10 3/4 cents lower at USD8.88.

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Farm Policy and Programs

USMCA would have 'positive impact' on employment, growth: USITC

US agriculture would see a "positive impact" and an increase in exports from the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a report from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) found.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Sen. Gillibrand keen to ban chlorpyrifos from school meals

Newly introduced legislation by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) aims to bar public schools from serving food that contains any traces of the insecticide chlorpyrifos.
US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

USDA wants data on cell-based meat

USDA's top food safety official says the department has much to learn about cell-based meat before it can begin to craft labeling requirements and is waiting for data from companies keen to bring cell-based food products to market.

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Trade Policy

USMCA would have 'positive impact' on employment, growth: USITC

US agriculture would see a "positive impact" and an increase in exports from the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a report from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) found.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

US notches another win over China at WTO, this time on TRQs

China's administration of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, rice and corn falls short of its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations, a Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel found in a closely watched case brought by the US.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – April 18, 2019: Uncertain timeline for US-China trade talks

The timeline for upcoming US-China trade discussions remains uncertain. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Beige Book update noted impacts from recent Midwest flooding and US beef, poultry and egg exporters gained access to the Tunisian market.

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Environment and Conservation

Newly confirmed Interior Secretary faces ethics investigation

The Interior Department’s Inspector General has launched an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency’s newly confirmed secretary, David Bernhardt, including concerns he suppressed a scientific assessment that found legal uses of several insecticides could jeopardize more than 1,200 endangered species.

US Agricultural Policy Insecticides

US still irked at exclusion of ag from EU negotiating mandates

The exclusion of agriculture from European Union (EU) negotiating mandates for trade talks with the US continues to draw sharp criticism from various stakeholders in the US.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Support for House disaster aid package voiced by Farm Bureau

Congress should clear the House disaster aid package, which includes provisions to help the ag sector recover from recent catastrophic weather events, the American Farm Bureau Federation urged in a letter to House lawmakers.

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Energy and Biofuels

Day ahead – April 15, 2019: Mnuchin strikes positive tone on US-China talks

An optimistic assessment about the state of US-China trade talks was offered by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will seek comment on its plan to release more information on small refiner waiver requests and China confirmed it is conducting a review of antidumping duties in place on US distillers' dried grains (DDGs).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

No major land use, food price changes from US biofuel production: Study

Increased US biofuels production has not lead to major changes increases in land use for ag or food prices, according to a new study cited by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) that is counter to recent studies cited by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Day ahead – April 3, 2019: US-China accord mostly complete

A US-China trade deal is nearly complete, according to an official with the US Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Andy Wheeler signaled Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner exemptions will continue and China is requiring processors to test pork for African swine fever (ASF).

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Food Policy

Lawsuit targets fecal matter on chicken

USDA is ignoring longstanding concerns about the potential fecal contamination of poultry products, according to a lawsuit filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

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Day ahead – April 19, 2019: Farm Bureau continues push for disaster aid bill

Farm Bureau is asking farmers to press Congress to quickly pass a disaster aid bill when lawmakers return from the Easter break. Meanwhile, USDA announced a pilot program that allows some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in New York to purchase groceries online.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USDA wants data on cell-based meat

USDA's top food safety official says the department has much to learn about cell-based meat before it can begin to craft labeling requirements and is waiting for data from companies keen to bring cell-based food products to market.

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Production Technology

US still irked at exclusion of ag from EU negotiating mandates

The exclusion of agriculture from European Union (EU) negotiating mandates for trade talks with the US continues to draw sharp criticism from various stakeholders in the US.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Agriculture still a ‘red line’ as Council signs off mandate for EU-US trade talks

The EU Council has given the green light for the European Commission to commence formal discussions with the United States over a trade agreement after adopting negotiating directives at a meeting in Luxembourg today (April 15).

Trade Agreements Trade Disputes

French court rules against Bayer/Monsanto in Lasso case

The French Court of Appeal in Lyon ruled in favour of a French farmer in a long-running case involving Bayer legacy company Monsanto’s herbicide, Lasso (alachlor).

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Budget and Financing

Day ahead – April 19, 2019: Farm Bureau continues push for disaster aid bill

Farm Bureau is asking farmers to press Congress to quickly pass a disaster aid bill when lawmakers return from the Easter break. Meanwhile, USDA announced a pilot program that allows some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in New York to purchase groceries online.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USMCA would have 'positive impact' on employment, growth: USITC

US agriculture would see a "positive impact" and an increase in exports from the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a report from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) found.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

US notches another win over China at WTO, this time on TRQs

China's administration of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, rice and corn falls short of its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations, a Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel found in a closely watched case brought by the US.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Lawsuit targets fecal matter on chicken

USDA is ignoring longstanding concerns about the potential fecal contamination of poultry products, according to a lawsuit filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USMCA would have 'positive impact' on employment, growth: USITC

US agriculture would see a "positive impact" and an increase in exports from the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a report from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) found.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

US notches another win over China at WTO, this time on TRQs

China's administration of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat, rice and corn falls short of its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations, a Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel found in a closely watched case brought by the US.

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Politics

Day ahead – April 19, 2019: Farm Bureau continues push for disaster aid bill

Farm Bureau is asking farmers to press Congress to quickly pass a disaster aid bill when lawmakers return from the Easter break. Meanwhile, USDA announced a pilot program that allows some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in New York to purchase groceries online.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USMCA would have 'positive impact' on employment, growth: USITC

US agriculture would see a "positive impact" and an increase in exports from the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a report from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) found.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

US beef and poultry secures access to Tunisian market

U.S. meat exporters got access to another new market in North Africa this week as Tunisia opened its market to American beef, poultry and egg products.

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