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USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

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US Futures Review: Soybeans higher after partial delay in US tariff increases announced

Soybean futures settled higher Tuesday after the US Trade Representative indicated it would delay some tariff increases on Chinese goods that were scheduled to take effect September 1, lifting optimism for US soybean export potential. Soybean meal futures also ended higher, while soybean oil futures settled lower. September soybeans were 9 3/4 cents higher at USD8.89.

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

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California moves ahead with plan to ban chlorpyrifos

California environmental officials have taken the next step towards imposing a statewide ban on banning chlorpyrifos, sending notices on Wednesday (Aug. 13) to registrants that their product registrations will be cancelled because of concerns about the public health risks from the widely-used insecticide.

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EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

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General Mills lays out strategy for reducing pesticide use

General Mills is scoring points for sharing plans to reduce pesticide use in its agricultural supply chain, detailing its strategies for promoting regenerative agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as well as expanding organic production and promoting pollinator health.

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USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

General Mills lays out strategy for reducing pesticide use

General Mills is scoring points for sharing plans to reduce pesticide use in its agricultural supply chain, detailing its strategies for promoting regenerative agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as well as expanding organic production and promoting pollinator health.

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Day ahead – August 14, 2019: Trump hits Japan on trade deficit

President Donald Trump hit Japan over its trade deficit with the US during a speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday (August 13). Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested gathering information on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner waivers from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and Oregon enacted a new animal welfare law affecting egg production.

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Energy and Biofuels

US, China clash over US compliance ruling at WTO DSB meeting

The US and China tussled over the adoption of an Appellate Body decision on US non-compliance with a dispute panel ruling about various countervailing duty investigations while requests for dispute panels were granted to probe India's sugar subsides during an August 15 meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).

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Day ahead – August 14, 2019: Trump hits Japan on trade deficit

President Donald Trump hit Japan over its trade deficit with the US during a speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday (August 13). Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested gathering information on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner waivers from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and Oregon enacted a new animal welfare law affecting egg production.

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EPA waiver moves leave biofuel proponents dismayed

EPA's announcement that it granted 31 small refiner exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the 2018 compliance year has biofuel supporters fuming and again questioning President Donald Trump's stated commitment to defend current US biofuel policy.

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Food Policy

EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

California moves ahead with plan to ban chlorpyrifos

California environmental officials have taken the next step towards imposing a statewide ban on banning chlorpyrifos, sending notices on Wednesday (Aug. 13) to registrants that their product registrations will be cancelled because of concerns about the public health risks from the widely-used insecticide.

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Production Technology

EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

General Mills lays out strategy for reducing pesticide use

General Mills is scoring points for sharing plans to reduce pesticide use in its agricultural supply chain, detailing its strategies for promoting regenerative agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as well as expanding organic production and promoting pollinator health.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Enviros restart legal bid to upend Monsanto's dicamba herbicide

Environmentalists have again called on a federal appeals court to vacate EPA's approval of Monsanto's dicamba herbicide, arguing the agency failed to account for the harm from drift of the potent pesticide and ignored its potential impact on endangered species.

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Budget and Financing

EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

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Transportation and Infrastructure

EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

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US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

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Enviros restart legal bid to upend Monsanto's dicamba herbicide

Environmentalists have again called on a federal appeals court to vacate EPA's approval of Monsanto's dicamba herbicide, arguing the agency failed to account for the harm from drift of the potent pesticide and ignored its potential impact on endangered species.

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Politics

Iowa Senators stress USMCA benefits for pork industry

Ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is "imperative to the health and prosperity of the pork industry," Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley (R) and Joni Ernst (R) wrote in an op-ed this week. Meanwhile, other farm state lawmakers continue to defend their positions on the accord as they attend public events in their districts during the August recess.

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Day ahead – August 14, 2019: Trump hits Japan on trade deficit

President Donald Trump hit Japan over its trade deficit with the US during a speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday (August 13). Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested gathering information on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner waivers from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and Oregon enacted a new animal welfare law affecting egg production.

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US delays new tariffs on some Chinese goods

There are new signs that US-China trade tensions may be easing, if only slightly, after the US announced a delay for new tariffs on certain Chinese imports and China reported a phone call between high-level US and China trade officials Tuesday (August 13).

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