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US Futures Review: Soybeans sharply higher on potential Chinese purchases, lower US production

Soybean futures settled sharply higher after reports surfaced of new Chinese purchases of US soybeans and USDA lowered its 2019 US soybean production forecast. Soybean meal futures and soybean oil futures also ended higher. November soybean futures gained 29 cents at USD8.95 1/2.

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Farm Policy and Programs

Controversy around CCC funding for trade aid, ARC, PLC payments continues

Lawmakers from both parties continue to push back on an effort by some House appropriators to place limits on additional funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) – used to make trade aid and some farm support payments – as the House works to assemble a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open after October 1.

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USDA upholds slaughter of non-ambulatory disabled pigs

A petition from animal welfare groups to require prompt, humane euthanasia of non-ambulatory disabled (NAD) pigs upon ante-mortem inspection at slaughter facilities--thus keeping them out of the food supply--was denied by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in a Sept. 16 response. 
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Senate appropriations subcommittee clears USDA/FDA spending bill

The Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $151.7 billion appropriations bill to fund federal agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 2020, including $23.1 billion in discretionary funding for USDA and FDA.

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Trade Policy

Controversy around CCC funding for trade aid, ARC, PLC payments continues

Lawmakers from both parties continue to push back on an effort by some House appropriators to place limits on additional funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) – used to make trade aid and some farm support payments – as the House works to assemble a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open after October 1.

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Day ahead – Sept. 18, 2019: House stopgap issues, Fed in focus, sulfite testing

Several issues are continuing to delay the House consideration of a stopgap spending plan. Meanwhile, focus remains on the Federal Reserve which is expected to again trim interest rates following a two day meeting and the FDA is eyeing a new method for testing for sulfites in food.

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US-China deputy-level talks this week with mixed signals on 'interim deal' prospects

US and Chinese trade negotiators will meet this week in Washington, DC, for deputy-level talks, with higher-level talks expected to follow amid recent moves signaling a modest deescalation in the ongoing trade war.

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Environment and Conservation

Senate appropriations subcommittee clears USDA/FDA spending bill

The Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $151.7 billion appropriations bill to fund federal agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 2020, including $23.1 billion in discretionary funding for USDA and FDA.

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Search for biofuel compromise continues; new plan would reallocate waived volumes

The Trump administration has reportedly agreed on a plan to reallocate three years of waived biofuel blending obligations starting in 2020, but the fate of the proposal will likely hinge on reaction from the biofuels and refining sectors.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Only 1% of farming subsidies benefit the environment, research finds

Most of the world’s farming subsidies have a negative impact on the climate and environment and should be urgently reformed, a research group has warned.

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Energy and Biofuels

Search for biofuel compromise continues; new plan would reallocate waived volumes

The Trump administration has reportedly agreed on a plan to reallocate three years of waived biofuel blending obligations starting in 2020, but the fate of the proposal will likely hinge on reaction from the biofuels and refining sectors.

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US Washington week: FY 2020 spending, US-China trade & Fed keys this week

The House and Senate are both in session.

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Day ahead – September 11, 2019: China exempts certain US products from tariffs

China exempted 16 US products from additional tariffs and said further exemptions would be considered "at appropriate times." Meanwhile, the US Grains Council (USGC) said it is focusing on boosting US ethanol exports to Asia and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) filed a motion in support of EPA's final Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) rule allowing year-round E15 sales amid a court challenge by the oil industry.

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Food Policy

USDA upholds slaughter of non-ambulatory disabled pigs

A petition from animal welfare groups to require prompt, humane euthanasia of non-ambulatory disabled (NAD) pigs upon ante-mortem inspection at slaughter facilities--thus keeping them out of the food supply--was denied by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in a Sept. 16 response. 
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Thailand could be next in line for ASF outbreak

Authorities in Thailand are urging farmers and consumers not to panic amid fears the country may be next to suffer an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

Day ahead – Sept. 18, 2019: House stopgap issues, Fed in focus, sulfite testing

Several issues are continuing to delay the House consideration of a stopgap spending plan. Meanwhile, focus remains on the Federal Reserve which is expected to again trim interest rates following a two day meeting and the FDA is eyeing a new method for testing for sulfites in food.

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Production Technology

USDA’s rule to crack down on organic fraud out soon, USDA official says

USDA’s soon-to-be-released organic enforcement rule will have a “profound impact” on regulations and, in turn, the US and foreign organic market, predicted Jennifer Tucker, deputy administrator of USDA’s National Organics Program, who spoke at a Baltimore meeting on Friday (Sept. 13).

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FDA timetable on CBD, new legislation due out soon, says hemp lobbyist

FDA is expected to announce its timetable for regulating CBD that the industry hopes will signal formal enforcement discretion for products on the market today, and hemp industry-friendly lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the coming days to step up pressure on the agency, said Jonathan Miller, general counsel of US Hemp Roundtable, at a meeting Friday (Sept. 13).

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California court upholds Prop. 65 atrazine listing

A California appeals court has denied a request by Syngenta to remove atrazine and five similar agricultural chemicals from the state's list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

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Budget and Financing

Controversy around CCC funding for trade aid, ARC, PLC payments continues

Lawmakers from both parties continue to push back on an effort by some House appropriators to place limits on additional funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) – used to make trade aid and some farm support payments – as the House works to assemble a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open after October 1.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Senate appropriations subcommittee clears USDA/FDA spending bill

The Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $151.7 billion appropriations bill to fund federal agriculture and nutrition programs in fiscal 2020, including $23.1 billion in discretionary funding for USDA and FDA.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – Sept. 18, 2019: House stopgap issues, Fed in focus, sulfite testing

Several issues are continuing to delay the House consideration of a stopgap spending plan. Meanwhile, focus remains on the Federal Reserve which is expected to again trim interest rates following a two day meeting and the FDA is eyeing a new method for testing for sulfites in food.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

US tariffs on EU agri-food products loom after WTO approval

EU agri-food exporters may soon face additional US tariffs due to a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies.

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Search for biofuel compromise continues; new plan would reallocate waived volumes

The Trump administration has reportedly agreed on a plan to reallocate three years of waived biofuel blending obligations starting in 2020, but the fate of the proposal will likely hinge on reaction from the biofuels and refining sectors.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

USDA’s rule to crack down on organic fraud out soon, USDA official says

USDA’s soon-to-be-released organic enforcement rule will have a “profound impact” on regulations and, in turn, the US and foreign organic market, predicted Jennifer Tucker, deputy administrator of USDA’s National Organics Program, who spoke at a Baltimore meeting on Friday (Sept. 13).

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Politics

Controversy around CCC funding for trade aid, ARC, PLC payments continues

Lawmakers from both parties continue to push back on an effort by some House appropriators to place limits on additional funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) – used to make trade aid and some farm support payments – as the House works to assemble a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open after October 1.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Day ahead – Sept. 18, 2019: House stopgap issues, Fed in focus, sulfite testing

Several issues are continuing to delay the House consideration of a stopgap spending plan. Meanwhile, focus remains on the Federal Reserve which is expected to again trim interest rates following a two day meeting and the FDA is eyeing a new method for testing for sulfites in food.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US tariffs on EU agri-food products loom after WTO approval

EU agri-food exporters may soon face additional US tariffs due to a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies.

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