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Concerns emerge over USDA's ERS, NIFA reorg, relocation plans

Concerns have emerged among scientists and others that USDA's announced plan to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) could presage efforts to cut staff and reduce funding for the agencies in the future.

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Farm Policy and Programs

Bayer's integration of Monsanto begins

The integration of Monsanto into the Bayer group can begin following the completion of BASF’s acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business.
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China discovers African Swine Fever in slaughterhouse

China has confirmed a case of African Swine Fever (ASF) at a slaughterhouse owned by WH Group, the world’s largest pork company.

China International

Day ahead – August 17, 2018: WOTUS court decision, SNAP work requirements debate, NAFTA, US-China trade talks a focus

A federal judge's ruling brought the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule back into effect in 26 states. Meanwhile, a key GOP senator urged farm bill conferees to boost work requirements for SNAP and trade issues including NAFTA and US-China talks continue to be a focus.

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Trade Policy

Day ahead – August 17, 2018: WOTUS court decision, SNAP work requirements debate, NAFTA, US-China trade talks a focus

A federal judge's ruling brought the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule back into effect in 26 states. Meanwhile, a key GOP senator urged farm bill conferees to boost work requirements for SNAP and trade issues including NAFTA and US-China talks continue to be a focus.

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Russian embargo on Western products stimulates local production

The Russian ban on agricultural products from Western countries as well as President Vladimir Putin’s aim to make the country self-sufficient, seem to have stimulated important branches of Russia’s agricultural industry.

European Food Law Europe

US, Mexico closing in on NAFTA 2.0 deal

US and Mexican officials are signaling a preliminary agreement on lingering NAFTA issues between the two countries is making progress and is poised to be reached by the end of the month. Progress includes key areas like automotive and environmental rules.

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Environment and Conservation

China discovers African Swine Fever in slaughterhouse

China has confirmed a case of African Swine Fever (ASF) at a slaughterhouse owned by WH Group, the world’s largest pork company.

China International

Day ahead – August 17, 2018: WOTUS court decision, SNAP work requirements debate, NAFTA, US-China trade talks a focus

A federal judge's ruling brought the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule back into effect in 26 states. Meanwhile, a key GOP senator urged farm bill conferees to boost work requirements for SNAP and trade issues including NAFTA and US-China talks continue to be a focus.

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Can more relevant pasture systems help meet the ecological challenge of ruminants?

Grazing livestock are generally seen by environmentalists as a major environmental problem. Being largely ruminants, they emit large quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) – principally methane – and they occupy land that could be producing food grains to feed the human population.

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Energy and Biofuels

Day ahead – August 16, 2018: US-China trade talks on tap, US Mexico closing in on NAFTA 2.0 deal, EPA's Wheeler looking for RFS compromise

China and the US say they will hold lower-level trade talks later this month. Meanwhile, the US and Mexico appear closer to inking a North American Free Trade Agreement deal (NAFTA 2.0) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) confirmed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Wheeler is looking at Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) changes in hopes of reaching a compromise.

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EPA's Wheeler talks of more certainty for farmers on environment, RFS, but offers few specifics

More "certainty" was the buzzword for acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in his visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Monday (August 13), but he offered few specific details on how to deliver that, particularly on the issue of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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USDA ramps up rural infrastructure, announces $345.5 million in power grid projects

Efforts to update rural infrastructure by USDA are ramping up, with the department announcing $345.5 million in investments to improve the rural electricity grid, spread across 20 projects in 14 states.

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Food Policy

Fight against sugar weighs on long-term outlook for world consumption

World sugar consumption is expected to rise in the short term, but demand growth in major markets is likely to slow in the coming years. Consumer concerns over health is one of the factors weighing on the consumption outlook for the sweetener.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Day ahead – August 17, 2018: WOTUS court decision, SNAP work requirements debate, NAFTA, US-China trade talks a focus

A federal judge's ruling brought the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule back into effect in 26 states. Meanwhile, a key GOP senator urged farm bill conferees to boost work requirements for SNAP and trade issues including NAFTA and US-China talks continue to be a focus.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Concerns emerge over USDA's ERS, NIFA reorg, relocation plans

Concerns have emerged among scientists and others that USDA's announced plan to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) could presage efforts to cut staff and reduce funding for the agencies in the future.

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Production Technology

Bayer's integration of Monsanto begins

The integration of Monsanto into the Bayer group can begin following the completion of BASF’s acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business.
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FDA finds Brazilian GM sugar safe

Genetically modified raw and refined sugar from Brazilian sugarcane can be sold in the U.S. after FDA sent a letter to a Brazilian company clearing the insect-resistant sugarcane as safe earlier this month.


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USDA files new, ‘non-smiley’ symbols for GMO disclosure with patent office

USDA has filed six new symbols that are less “smiley” than the three controversial alternatives originally included along with the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) for labeling of GMO foods with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to “certify that a product…is a bioengineered food.”

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Budget and Financing

Fight against sugar weighs on long-term outlook for world consumption

World sugar consumption is expected to rise in the short term, but demand growth in major markets is likely to slow in the coming years. Consumer concerns over health is one of the factors weighing on the consumption outlook for the sweetener.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Concerns emerge over USDA's ERS, NIFA reorg, relocation plans

Concerns have emerged among scientists and others that USDA's announced plan to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) could presage efforts to cut staff and reduce funding for the agencies in the future.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US, Mexico closing in on NAFTA 2.0 deal

US and Mexican officials are signaling a preliminary agreement on lingering NAFTA issues between the two countries is making progress and is poised to be reached by the end of the month. Progress includes key areas like automotive and environmental rules.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy
See All

Transportation and Infrastructure

Bayer's integration of Monsanto begins

The integration of Monsanto into the Bayer group can begin following the completion of BASF’s acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business.
US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

China discovers African Swine Fever in slaughterhouse

China has confirmed a case of African Swine Fever (ASF) at a slaughterhouse owned by WH Group, the world’s largest pork company.

China International

Can more relevant pasture systems help meet the ecological challenge of ruminants?

Grazing livestock are generally seen by environmentalists as a major environmental problem. Being largely ruminants, they emit large quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) – principally methane – and they occupy land that could be producing food grains to feed the human population.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy
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Politics

Fight against sugar weighs on long-term outlook for world consumption

World sugar consumption is expected to rise in the short term, but demand growth in major markets is likely to slow in the coming years. Consumer concerns over health is one of the factors weighing on the consumption outlook for the sweetener.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Day ahead – August 17, 2018: WOTUS court decision, SNAP work requirements debate, NAFTA, US-China trade talks a focus

A federal judge's ruling brought the Obama-era Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule back into effect in 26 states. Meanwhile, a key GOP senator urged farm bill conferees to boost work requirements for SNAP and trade issues including NAFTA and US-China talks continue to be a focus.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Concerns emerge over USDA's ERS, NIFA reorg, relocation plans

Concerns have emerged among scientists and others that USDA's announced plan to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) could presage efforts to cut staff and reduce funding for the agencies in the future.

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