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USTR finalizes list of Chinese ag commodity imports to be hit with tariffs

The United States will initially apply a 10% import tariff on a range of agricultural commodity imports from China, before raising the rate to 25% at the start of next year, as part of its continuing response to what it regards as Unfair Trading Practises by the Asian country.

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Farm Policy and Programs

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

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Day ahead – September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence disaster aid, limited farm bill progress, US-Canada NAFTA talks

Congress is prepared to provide new resources to help US states recover from Hurricane Florence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. Meanwhile, farm bill talks have made limited progress and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will come back to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks.

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Under looming farm bill deadline, organic advocates push for final priorities

With only weeks left before the current farm bill expires, the organic sector is continuing its coordinated push to ensure that its top priorities – permanent funding for organic research and financial backing for the organic certification cost-share program - are included in the final version of the bill.

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Trade Policy

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

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Day ahead – September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence disaster aid, limited farm bill progress, US-Canada NAFTA talks

Congress is prepared to provide new resources to help US states recover from Hurricane Florence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. Meanwhile, farm bill talks have made limited progress and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will come back to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks.

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Experts advise on thorny issues over lab-based meats at GFI meeting

Many thorny issues remain to be ironed out over emerging lab-grown meat products, but there is little appetite for Congress to step in and decide which agency should regulate the new products, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

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Environment and Conservation

Ethanol blend rates not affected by waivers: Study

A new study by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin found that ethanol blend rates hadn’t budged when accounting for seasonal changes in consumption, despite the increase in refinery waivers that ethanol producers have said is undermining the biofuel mandate.

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Day ahead – September 14, 2018: Trump downplays US-China trade prospects, House WOTUS repeal efforts, Russia grain checks

President Donald Trump downplayed on Thursday the likelihood of the US and China reaching a breakthrough in the trade war. Meanwhile, the House cleared an Energy-Water spending bill without including a repeal of the WOTUS rule and Russia said it will boost phytosanitary checks on exported grain.

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Nestlé to monitor palm oil deforestation using satellites

Nestlé has committed to monitoring its global palm oil supply chain with satellite-based service Starling, in an acceleration of its “No Deforestation” commitment.

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Energy and Biofuels

Ethanol blend rates not affected by waivers: Study

A new study by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin found that ethanol blend rates hadn’t budged when accounting for seasonal changes in consumption, despite the increase in refinery waivers that ethanol producers have said is undermining the biofuel mandate.

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Day ahead – September 17, 2018: Waiting on China tariff announcement, economic impact of tariffs, ethanol study

President Donald Trump may announce tariffs of about 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as early as today. Meanwhile, US tariffs have yet to meaningfully affect the US economy according to forecasters surveyed by the Wall Street Journal and a new study found ethanol blend rates have been unaffected by small refinery waivers.

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Senators push for answers on Trump trade strategy, aid plan for farmers

Trump administration officials involved in ag trade policy and the recently unveiled trade aid package for farmers faced sharp questioning from Senate Agriculture Committee members during a hearing held September 13 to discuss ongoing ag trade issues.

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Day ahead – September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence disaster aid, limited farm bill progress, US-Canada NAFTA talks

Congress is prepared to provide new resources to help US states recover from Hurricane Florence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. Meanwhile, farm bill talks have made limited progress and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will come back to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks.

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Experts advise on thorny issues over lab-based meats at GFI meeting

Many thorny issues remain to be ironed out over emerging lab-grown meat products, but there is little appetite for Congress to step in and decide which agency should regulate the new products, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

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Production Technology

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Under looming farm bill deadline, organic advocates push for final priorities

With only weeks left before the current farm bill expires, the organic sector is continuing its coordinated push to ensure that its top priorities – permanent funding for organic research and financial backing for the organic certification cost-share program - are included in the final version of the bill.

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Lawmakers pull IARC funding threat from spending bill

Congress has abandoned a plan to tie funding for the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to demands for changes to the global cancer agency's research practices and policies.

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Budget and Financing

Day ahead – September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence disaster aid, limited farm bill progress, US-Canada NAFTA talks

Congress is prepared to provide new resources to help US states recover from Hurricane Florence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. Meanwhile, farm bill talks have made limited progress and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will come back to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks.

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Ethanol blend rates not affected by waivers: Study

A new study by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin found that ethanol blend rates hadn’t budged when accounting for seasonal changes in consumption, despite the increase in refinery waivers that ethanol producers have said is undermining the biofuel mandate.

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USDA announces $392 million in rural water, wastewater infrastructure investments

Some $392 million worth of investments made via USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program (WWD) across 42 states, intended to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure, were announced on Aug. 14.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

USDA announces $392 million in rural water, wastewater infrastructure investments

Some $392 million worth of investments made via USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program (WWD) across 42 states, intended to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure, were announced on Aug. 14.

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Farm Bureau gets behind House Republican effort to make several tax cuts permanent

Support for a House Republican-backed bill, which would make several changes included in last year's tax reform package permanent, was voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation late last week.

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Pesticide industry warns of damage from Trump tariffs

U.S. pesticide companies are urging the Trump administration to abandon a plan to impose 25% tariffs on an array of active ingredients and chemicals manufactured in China, warning that the move would needlessly damage the industry and harm American agriculture.

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Politics

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Day ahead – September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence disaster aid, limited farm bill progress, US-Canada NAFTA talks

Congress is prepared to provide new resources to help US states recover from Hurricane Florence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. Meanwhile, farm bill talks have made limited progress and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will come back to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks.

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Farm Bureau gets behind House Republican effort to make several tax cuts permanent

Support for a House Republican-backed bill, which would make several changes included in last year's tax reform package permanent, was voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation late last week.

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