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US Agriculture Policy

Farm Policy and Programs

US day ahead - November 22, 2017: NAFTA talks, inflation & checkoffs

Round five of NAFTA 2.0 talks is in the books with a harsh statement from the US despite indications of at least some progress. USDA also is being urged to up their oversight of checkoff programs.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

USDA Radio Newsline: November 21, 2017

USDA radio items on an ethanol savings calculator, the weather forecast and President Trump's Thanksgiving comments.
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Sen Grassley: McConnell to help lift hold on Northey for key USDA role

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has committed to help get the hold lifted that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) put in place on USDA nominee Bill Northey, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters today.

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Trade Policy

US day ahead - November 22, 2017: NAFTA talks, inflation & checkoffs

Round five of NAFTA 2.0 talks is in the books with a harsh statement from the US despite indications of at least some progress. USDA also is being urged to up their oversight of checkoff programs.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

US Commerce sets preliminary CVD on olives from Spain

Exporters of ripe olives from Spain have received countervailable subsidies of 2.31 percent to 7.24 percent, the US Commerce Department announced late Tuesday in an affirmative preliminary determination.

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US financial market & news review: Equity records, NAFTA and other trade updates

Financial markets: US equity markets ended higher with all three major indices finishing at record levels.

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Environment and Conservation

EPA formally proposes delay for WOTUS rule

A delay for the effective date of the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule is formally being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers, according to a document submitted for publication in the Federal Register.
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Commission refers glyphosate reauthorisation to appeal committee after latest 'no decision'

Member states failed once again to reach a qualified majority over the renewal of glyphosate, which forces the EU executive to refer the proposal to the appeal committee by the end of the month. 

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Governor of California warns MEPs of worsening impact of climate change on food production

The impact of climate change on food production will only worsen, the Governor of California Jerry Brown told MEPs from the Committee on Environment (ComEnvi) while the COP23 discussions are taking place in Bonn, Germany.

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Energy and Biofuels

EPA rejects requests to change point of obligation for RFS

Requests to change the point of obligation away from refiners to show compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have been rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

FTC again finds no concentration in ethanol market, production rising

The 2017 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration from the Federal Trade Commission has reached the same conclusion it has in prior years relative to the question of "whether there is sufficient competition among industry participants to avoid price-setting and other anticompetitive behavior." The report is required under the 2005 energy law.

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US financial market & news review: Equity records, NAFTA and other trade updates

Financial markets: US equity markets ended higher with all three major indices finishing at record levels.

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Food Policy

USDA tempers forecast 2017 food price increases

US food prices in 2017 are now expected to increase 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent, down from a prior forecast for a 1 percent to 2 percent increase compared to 2016 levels, according to the Food Price Outlook from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).

US Agricultural Policy Health and Nutrition

Group of House Democrats unveil 'Food and Farm Act'

A bill that would make major changes to US farm policy, the Farm and Food Act, was introduced November 16 by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) with an eye on next year's Farm Bill.
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US agency critical of Germany's meat safety system

US authorities are reassessing Germany’s ability to satisfy US meat import requirements after finding a series of ‘systemic’ weaknesses during an audit carried out earlier this year.

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Production Technology

U.S. ag study finds no link between glyphosate and cancer

A long-term study of tens of thousands of U.S. pesticide applicators has found no statistical association between exposure to glyphosate and cancer, a conclusion that could influence litigation that targets food companies for the presence of trace amounts of the widely used herbicide in oatmeal, honey and an array of other food products.  
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OTA vows to see USDA in court this month after latest ‘walk back’ of organic rule

After USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on Thursday (Nov. 9) again delayed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule – this time until May 14, 2018 – the agency has until mid-November to answer to a lawsuit filed in September by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) over its repeated delays in implementing the rule.

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USDA's AMS to delay effective date for new organic rules

A delay in implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule from January 19, 2017 to May 14, 2018, was announced by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in a document set for publication in the Federal Register next week. Link to document.
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Budget and Financing

US financial market & news review: Nasdaq record & Happy Thanksgiving

Financial markets: US equity markets finished mostly lower even as the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to post another record finish ahead of Thursday's holiday.

US Agricultural Policy Economy and Finance

FOMC Minutes: December rate rise appears still on track despite inflation worries

Increasing the range on the Fed funds rate "in the near term" seemed it would be appropriate if economic data continues to unfold as expected, but worries about the persistence of inflation to be stubbornly not moving rapidly toward the Fed's goal remains an underlying concern, according to minutes of the October 31-November 1 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes.

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US day ahead - November 22, 2017: NAFTA talks, inflation & checkoffs

Round five of NAFTA 2.0 talks is in the books with a harsh statement from the US despite indications of at least some progress. USDA also is being urged to up their oversight of checkoff programs.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

EPA rejects requests to change point of obligation for RFS

Requests to change the point of obligation away from refiners to show compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have been rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

AGgregator: November 22, 2017

Highlights and links to key media articles related to the business of agriculture.
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Ag haulers win 90-day waiver for ELD with additional guidance on tap

Agricultural haulers will be given a 90-day waiver on the federal mandate for the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will also issue additional guidance on hours of service.

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Politics

EPA rejects requests to change point of obligation for RFS

Requests to change the point of obligation away from refiners to show compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have been rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

AGgregator: November 22, 2017

Highlights and links to key media articles related to the business of agriculture.
US Agricultural Policy Agribusiness

Sen Grassley: McConnell to help lift hold on Northey for key USDA role

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has committed to help get the hold lifted that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) put in place on USDA nominee Bill Northey, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters today.

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