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Trump vows continued access to H-2A labor for farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ensuring farmers maintain access to critical H-2A guestworkers – even as new border restrictions are put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 – is a priority for the administration, President Donald Trump said during his press briefing Wednesday (April 1).

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Trump vows continued access to H-2A labor for farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ensuring farmers maintain access to critical H-2A guestworkers – even as new border restrictions are put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 – is a priority for the administration, President Donald Trump said during his press briefing Wednesday (April 1).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Aid payments for cattle producers remain a focus

Assistance for cattle producers grappling with a plunge in cattle prices tied to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a focus for ag-state lawmakers, with a bipartisan, bicameral group of hundreds of lawmakers joining the latest effort to press USDA on the issue.

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Ag interests urge states to keep goods moving during COVID-19 response

The nation’s major agriculture industry groups are urging state governors to ensure their actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t harm the ag and food supply chain.

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Trump vows continued access to H-2A labor for farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ensuring farmers maintain access to critical H-2A guestworkers – even as new border restrictions are put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 – is a priority for the administration, President Donald Trump said during his press briefing Wednesday (April 1).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Aid payments for cattle producers remain a focus

Assistance for cattle producers grappling with a plunge in cattle prices tied to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a focus for ag-state lawmakers, with a bipartisan, bicameral group of hundreds of lawmakers joining the latest effort to press USDA on the issue.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Ag interests urge states to keep goods moving during COVID-19 response

The nation’s major agriculture industry groups are urging state governors to ensure their actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t harm the ag and food supply chain.

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Environment and Conservation

EPA vehicle standards a ‘missed opportunity,’ say biofuel proponents

Relaxed fuel vehicle efficiency standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) represent a “missed opportunity” to increase biofuel use by adopting a higher minimum octane standard for gasoline and new incentives for vehicles that can use higher ethanol blends, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and National Farmers Union (NFU).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

RFA slams EPA for ‘stall tactic’ on 10th Circuit waiver decision

EPA’s announcement that it will wait until refiners’ appeals are resolved before implementing a 10th Circuit Court ruling that would affect the number of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is an attempt to “kick the can on nationwide application,” Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) President Geoff Cooper said in a statement.

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Day ahead – March 30, 2020: EPA moves, small business aid, Canadian cattle plan COVID closure

EPA announced moves related to summer fuel blends and offered its first comments on the 10th Circuit Court ruling relative to small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Meanwhile, the Trump administration is preparing to launch a massive new loan program for small businesses via the Small Business Administration (SBA) and a Canadian cattle plant was partially closed after a worker tested positive for coronavirus.

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Energy and Biofuels

EPA vehicle standards a ‘missed opportunity,’ say biofuel proponents

Relaxed fuel vehicle efficiency standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) represent a “missed opportunity” to increase biofuel use by adopting a higher minimum octane standard for gasoline and new incentives for vehicles that can use higher ethanol blends, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and National Farmers Union (NFU).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Upcoming Webinar: COVID-19 update and impacts on US agricultural trade and policy

Under the current COVID-19 crisis, food supply chains have seen a seismic change as consumers shift virtually all consumption from restaurants and other foodservice establishments to in-home consumption serviced by retail stores.

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RFA slams EPA for ‘stall tactic’ on 10th Circuit waiver decision

EPA’s announcement that it will wait until refiners’ appeals are resolved before implementing a 10th Circuit Court ruling that would affect the number of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is an attempt to “kick the can on nationwide application,” Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) President Geoff Cooper said in a statement.

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Food Policy

Ag interests urge states to keep goods moving during COVID-19 response

The nation’s major agriculture industry groups are urging state governors to ensure their actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t harm the ag and food supply chain.

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Agribusiness COV19 Podcast April 2

Stay abreast of the latest developments in the global agriculture and food markets influenced by Covid-19 by listening to our daily IHS Markit Agribusiness podcast.

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Canadian pork plant stops operations after nine workers catch COVID-19

One of Canada’s largest pork companies has announced the temporary closure of a processing facility due to the spread of COVID-19 among plant employees.

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Production Technology

Agribusiness COVID-19 Podcast: March 31

Stay abreast of the latest developments in the global agriculture and food markets influenced by Covid-19 by listening to our daily IHS Markit Agribusiness podcast.

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USDA resisting calls to extend deadlines for GMO disclosure rule

USDA is in no rush to grant requests to delay the compliance dates for its GMO disclosure rule, an official with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) told attendees of a Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) conference on Thursday (March 26).

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California refutes EPA's support for Bayer's appeal of glyphosate cancer verdict

California’s top legal official has weighed in on Bayer’s appeal of a federal jury’s $80 million award to a cancer victim, contesting the argument that the plaintiff’s claims are preempted by federal pesticide law.

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Budget and Financing

Trump vows continued access to H-2A labor for farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ensuring farmers maintain access to critical H-2A guestworkers – even as new border restrictions are put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 – is a priority for the administration, President Donald Trump said during his press briefing Wednesday (April 1).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Aid payments for cattle producers remain a focus

Assistance for cattle producers grappling with a plunge in cattle prices tied to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a focus for ag-state lawmakers, with a bipartisan, bicameral group of hundreds of lawmakers joining the latest effort to press USDA on the issue.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Ag interests urge states to keep goods moving during COVID-19 response

The nation’s major agriculture industry groups are urging state governors to ensure their actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t harm the ag and food supply chain.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Trump vows continued access to H-2A labor for farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ensuring farmers maintain access to critical H-2A guestworkers – even as new border restrictions are put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 – is a priority for the administration, President Donald Trump said during his press briefing Wednesday (April 1).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Aid payments for cattle producers remain a focus

Assistance for cattle producers grappling with a plunge in cattle prices tied to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a focus for ag-state lawmakers, with a bipartisan, bicameral group of hundreds of lawmakers joining the latest effort to press USDA on the issue.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Ag interests urge states to keep goods moving during COVID-19 response

The nation’s major agriculture industry groups are urging state governors to ensure their actions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t harm the ag and food supply chain.

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Politics

World food prices have fallen amid COVID-19 disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven down the prices for food around the world, a UN agency reported.

International European Agricultural Policy

Senate Finance Committee leaders push for USMCA delay due to COVID-19

The start date for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) should be delayed from the current June 1 target to ensure that implementation is not negatively impacted by demands on businesses, regulators and governments posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, several members of the Senate Finance Committee urged in a March 30 letter to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.

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COVID-19: Ukraine has no plans to limit food exports

Ukraine, one of the world’s main exporters of grains and vegetable oils, does not plan to limit its food exports in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s agriculture minister has said.

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