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EPA WOTUS replacement draws praise from ag groups, scorn from environmentalists

A reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that scales back the number of waterways and wetlands falling under federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction was unveiled today by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Ag groups reacted positively to the development, while environmental groups vowed to challenge the move in court.

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New US research raises hopes for ASF vaccine

Researchers in the US are claiming to have developed a vaccine against African Swine Fever (ASF) that appears to be far more effective than any of its predecessors.

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EPA WOTUS replacement draws praise from ag groups, scorn from environmentalists

A reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that scales back the number of waterways and wetlands falling under federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction was unveiled today by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Ag groups reacted positively to the development, while environmental groups vowed to challenge the move in court.

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FDA urged to act on CBD to provide certainty for industry and consumers

Hemp growers and product makers are desperate for FDA to clear a path for use of CBD in foods and supplements and still see the issue as the major hurdle facing the industry, the top US lawyer for Canopy Growth said this week during a Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) webinar.

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Plant-based meat advocates call for appeals court to block Missouri 'fake meat' labeling law

Tofurky manufacturer Turtle Island Foods and other plant-based meat advocates are pressing the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a federal judge’s decision not to block Missouri from enforcing its “fake meat” labeling law, arguing the ruling ignored the potential harm to companies from the state statute.

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Day ahead – Jan. 24, 2020: US-UK trade deal, Perdue heads to Europe, non-dairy marketing

The Trump administration hopes to secure a US-UK trade deal this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Europe next week to discuss ag issues and several Senators again pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the issue of plant-based products marketed with dairy terms.

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US tariffs on Spanish olives could be lowered after court ruling

A court ruling could force US authorities to lift some of the tariffs imposed on black olives from Spain, an exporters’ association has said.

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EPA WOTUS replacement draws praise from ag groups, scorn from environmentalists

A reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that scales back the number of waterways and wetlands falling under federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction was unveiled today by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Ag groups reacted positively to the development, while environmental groups vowed to challenge the move in court.

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AFBF 2020 priorities include hemp, conservation measures and more trade aid

Policies related to ag labor reform and conservation compliance, support for another round of trade aid and more flexibility for THC levels in hemp were among the priorities adopted by delegates at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention.

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Day ahead – Jan. 23, 2020: USMCA update, WOTUS release tipped, cell-based fundraising round

US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementing legislation is officially headed to President Donald Trump’s desk after being signed by Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Meanwhile, reports suggest EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler may unveil an updated Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule today and Memphis Meats announced the results of its cell-based funding round.

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Farmers eye Trump admin regulatory efforts, new trade deals, biofuel moves: AFBF’s VanderWal

AUSTIN, TEXAS. Ag sector attention remains on trade, biofuel policy, environmental regulations and other key topics despite recent progress on many ag-related issues, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Scott VanderWal said during a media briefing on the sidelines of AFBF’s 2020 Convention and Trade Show.

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US Washington week: Impeachment, World Economic Forum main attention points

There will be only a smattering of items on the agenda this week in Washington as the Senate trial on the impeachment trial will dominate attention along with President Donald Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
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Day ahead – Jan. 17, 2020: USMCA & seasonal produce, poultry plant safety, RFS waivers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried welcomed US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer’s commitment to address the issue of dumping related to seasonal vegetable imports from Mexico. Meanwhile, a worker fatality at a Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant is yielding calls for an investigation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said 21 small refinery exemptions (SREs) are currently pending.

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Plant-based meat advocates call for appeals court to block Missouri 'fake meat' labeling law

Tofurky manufacturer Turtle Island Foods and other plant-based meat advocates are pressing the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a federal judge’s decision not to block Missouri from enforcing its “fake meat” labeling law, arguing the ruling ignored the potential harm to companies from the state statute.

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Day ahead – Jan. 24, 2020: US-UK trade deal, Perdue heads to Europe, non-dairy marketing

The Trump administration hopes to secure a US-UK trade deal this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Europe next week to discuss ag issues and several Senators again pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the issue of plant-based products marketed with dairy terms.

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FDA urged to act on CBD to provide certainty for industry and consumers

Hemp growers and product makers are desperate for FDA to clear a path for use of CBD in foods and supplements and still see the issue as the major hurdle facing the industry, the top US lawyer for Canopy Growth said this week during a Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) webinar.

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2020 focus to remain on trade, including Phase One deal, Perdue tells convention

AUSTIN, TEXAS - After a difficult year in 2019 due to trade turmoil and natural disasters, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention that 2020 should bring more stability for the US ag sector. He said the focus going forward will be on enforcement of the Phase One US-China trade deal, ongoing regulatory reform initiatives, and continued implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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State officials and ag interests press USDA to act on GE crop rule

State agriculture officials, the American Farm Bureau Federation and groups representing growers of corn, soybeans, and other commodity crops are backing USDA’s latest proposal to revamp its oversight of biotech plants and hoping a final rule will be issued before the summer.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Luxembourg to ban glyphosate, Italy cracks down on Mafia, Mexico-US trade deal approved

A major operation against the Sicilian mafia over alleged fraud with EU funds intended for farmers was carried out last week by the Italian authorities.

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Day ahead – Jan. 24, 2020: US-UK trade deal, Perdue heads to Europe, non-dairy marketing

The Trump administration hopes to secure a US-UK trade deal this year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday (Jan. 23). Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to Europe next week to discuss ag issues and several Senators again pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the issue of plant-based products marketed with dairy terms.

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EPA WOTUS replacement draws praise from ag groups, scorn from environmentalists

A reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that scales back the number of waterways and wetlands falling under federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction was unveiled today by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Ag groups reacted positively to the development, while environmental groups vowed to challenge the move in court.

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US tariffs on Spanish olives could be lowered after court ruling

A court ruling could force US authorities to lift some of the tariffs imposed on black olives from Spain, an exporters’ association has said.

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New US research raises hopes for ASF vaccine

Researchers in the US are claiming to have developed a vaccine against African Swine Fever (ASF) that appears to be far more effective than any of its predecessors.

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EPA WOTUS replacement draws praise from ag groups, scorn from environmentalists

A reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that scales back the number of waterways and wetlands falling under federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction was unveiled today by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Ag groups reacted positively to the development, while environmental groups vowed to challenge the move in court.

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US tariffs on Spanish olives could be lowered after court ruling

A court ruling could force US authorities to lift some of the tariffs imposed on black olives from Spain, an exporters’ association has said.

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US tariffs on Spanish olives could be lowered after court ruling

A court ruling could force US authorities to lift some of the tariffs imposed on black olives from Spain, an exporters’ association has said.

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AFBF 2020 priorities include hemp, conservation measures and more trade aid

Policies related to ag labor reform and conservation compliance, support for another round of trade aid and more flexibility for THC levels in hemp were among the priorities adopted by delegates at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention.

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Pro-trade ag coalition urges Farm Bureau members to keep up trade push

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Farmer engagement on trade policy remains an important issue even after the recent conclusion of key trade pacts like the US-Mexico-China Agreement (USMCA) and the Phase One US-China deal, Farmers for Free Trade (FFT) Executive Director Angela Marshall Hofmann told 2020 American Farm Bureau Convention attendees during a workshop last week.

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