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Farm Policy and Programs

Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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EPA extends comment period for controversial science transparency rule

The Trump administration has extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to restrict the data EPA can use to support future regulations.
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Trade Policy

US presses China on imports of US ag goods; Trump tempers expectations

President Trump is pushing China to boost its imports of US ag products by $25 billion, a dramatic increase from the current import tally of around $20 billion.

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Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap

The US is pushing China to more than double its imports of US ag goods. Meanwhile, a biofuels policy meeting will be held today and the Commerce Dept. launched a Section 232 investigation on automobile imports.

US Agricultural Policy China

DeLauro calls on Perdue to stop talks involving imports of China-raised chicken

Concerned that USDA may be moving forward with plans to allow China-raised poultry to be imported to the United States, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to step away from discussing chicken imports after reports surfaced of a meeting among high-level officials. 

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Environment and Conservation

Researchers call for large-scale studies of pesticide resistance

Ag researchers are urging government officials to fund large-scale "landscape-level" studies to test the efficacy of pesticide resistance strategies, warning that weed and insect resistance to agro-chemicals is already costing US agriculture some $10 billion a year.
US Agricultural Policy Agribusiness

House farm bill defeated on floor amid Freedom Caucus revolt over immigration

The House farm bill (HR 2) – including a controversial plan to impose work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries – was defeated on the floor by vote of 198-213. 
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Day ahead – May 17, 2018: House decides on farm bill amendments, US-China talks continue, WOTUS timeline shifts again

The House cleared just a few amendments to the farm bill, a win for Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, US-China trade discussions continue and the timeline for replacing for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule has shifted again.

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Energy and Biofuels

Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap

The US is pushing China to more than double its imports of US ag goods. Meanwhile, a biofuels policy meeting will be held today and the Commerce Dept. launched a Section 232 investigation on automobile imports.

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Day ahead – May 23, 2018: House Republicans vow to pass farm bill, possible RFS details surface

House Republicans press on, vowing to pass their version of the farm bill. Meanwhile, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) made information available on its bioengineered food labelling proposal and reports regarding an upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal surfaced.

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Perdue: Trump holding tough on biofuel policy

President Donald Trump has "hung tough" on US biofuel policy as various interests have tried to push several policies that could negatively impact the biofuel mandates, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said in Nebraska last week.

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Food Policy

Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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Roberts applauds bill to speed drug approvals for zoonotic diseases

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Wednesday (May 23) applauded members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for approving the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation (PAHPAI) Act, complete with provisions that would create expedited pathway for animal drugs that treat zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

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Production Technology

US presses China on imports of US ag goods; Trump tempers expectations

President Trump is pushing China to boost its imports of US ag products by $25 billion, a dramatic increase from the current import tally of around $20 billion.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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EPA extends comment period for controversial science transparency rule

The Trump administration has extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to restrict the data EPA can use to support future regulations.
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Budget and Financing

US presses China on imports of US ag goods; Trump tempers expectations

President Trump is pushing China to boost its imports of US ag products by $25 billion, a dramatic increase from the current import tally of around $20 billion.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Current, former USTR chief negotiators for agriculture discuss current trade dynamics

US trade relations, the Trump administration's different break with past administrations on trade policy style and substance and other trade topics were discussed during a panel discussion including current and former US agriculture trade negotiators held May 22 at the Farm Foundation.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Perdue: Trump holding tough on biofuel policy

President Donald Trump has "hung tough" on US biofuel policy as various interests have tried to push several policies that could negatively impact the biofuel mandates, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said in Nebraska last week.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Japan, India, European Union, others move against US steel duties at WTO

Multiple World Trade Organization (WTO) members, including Japan, India and the European Union (EU), have made moves in recent days against new US tariffs on steel and aluminum products at the trade body.

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Researchers call for large-scale studies of pesticide resistance

Ag researchers are urging government officials to fund large-scale "landscape-level" studies to test the efficacy of pesticide resistance strategies, warning that weed and insect resistance to agro-chemicals is already costing US agriculture some $10 billion a year.
US Agricultural Policy Agribusiness

Day ahead – May 23, 2018: House Republicans vow to pass farm bill, possible RFS details surface

House Republicans press on, vowing to pass their version of the farm bill. Meanwhile, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) made information available on its bioengineered food labelling proposal and reports regarding an upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal surfaced.

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Politics

Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

EPA extends comment period for controversial science transparency rule

The Trump administration has extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to restrict the data EPA can use to support future regulations.
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Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap

The US is pushing China to more than double its imports of US ag goods. Meanwhile, a biofuels policy meeting will be held today and the Commerce Dept. launched a Section 232 investigation on automobile imports.

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