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Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

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Day ahead – Feb. 24, 2020: Biotech regulation, MFP 3, NPA exits bankruptcy, peanut allergy treatment

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested USDA could reach memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FDA over regulation of biotech animals. Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl over a third round of USDA trade aid, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said it exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy and FDA announced a May meeting to consider a new treatment for children with peanut allergies.

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US Washington week: Congress returns; budget, coronavirus & ag policy focus in DC

The House and Senate return from their week-long break for the President’s Day holiday.

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Day ahead – Feb. 21, 2020: Perdue on MFP, US-India trade, guestworker visas

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue again said a third Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3) is unlikely. Meanwhile, Indian stakeholders are downplaying expectations for a quick US-India trade deal and the Trump administration is set to boost the number of seasonal H-2B visas.

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USDA’s Johansson: ‘Important’ trade progress made but more needed as 2020 begins

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - While uncertainties exist as 2020 gets underway, there have been gains made on the trade front that set an important stage for US agriculture ahead, according to USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Day ahead – Feb. 18, 2020: China tariffs, Phase One policy office, Dean Foods update

China moved to exempt 696 US goods from tariffs, including many ag commodities and products. Meanwhile, the US Trade Representative (USTR) created a policy office focused on China’s compliance with the Phase One trade deal and Dairy Farmers of America agreed to buy some of Dean Foods’ assets for $425 million.

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Economy & Finance

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Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

USTR, USDA detail China’s progress on Phase One deal implementation

China has taken several steps toward implementation of the Phase One US-China trade deal, including steps to lift restrictions on several US products like potatoes, dairy and feed additives, according to an update released by  US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue today (Feb. 25).

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Day ahead – Feb. 25, 2020: Small refiner exemptions, Unilever food additive petition, ag labor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received two more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests, agency data show. Meanwhile, Unilever filed a petition with FDA to allow for the use of potassium iodate in salt and the National Potato Council (NPC) will hold a press conference Wednesday (Feb. 26) to push for ag labor legislation.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Many hemp program changes require congressional action, panel says

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. As USDA and other federal agencies work to implement legalization of industrial hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, regulatory and data hurdles remain two big factors that must be overcome for the market to mature, panelists said during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Day ahead – Feb. 24, 2020: Biotech regulation, MFP 3, NPA exits bankruptcy, peanut allergy treatment

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue suggested USDA could reach memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FDA over regulation of biotech animals. Meanwhile, questions continue to swirl over a third round of USDA trade aid, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said it exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy and FDA announced a May meeting to consider a new treatment for children with peanut allergies.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Slovakian push for local food meets resistance, Mexico’s labelling changes loom and West Bank food under spotlight

An Irish MEP asked the European Commission last week whether consumers were being misled about products from the Golan Heights and the West Bank as they are not being correctly labelled as coming from Israeli settlements.

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Tax Policy

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EPA’s SRE plan, China 2020 soybean purchases focuses for biodiesel sector: NBB panel

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to account for small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and China’s commitments to purchase more US soybeans under the Phase One trade deal are two major focuses for biodiesel stakeholders in 2020, members of a panel at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) conference said last week.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

In Davos, Trump again threatens more tariffs on EU, pushes WTO reform

New tariffs will be imposed on European Union (EU) automobiles unless progress is made on key trade issues and the US will continue to push for reforms at the World Trade Organization (WTO), President Donald Trump told reporters at a Wednesday (Jan. 22) news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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France and US set two-week deadline for talks to avoid new tariffs

French and US authorities will try to work out a compromise on a contested digital tax to avert more tariffs on agri-food products, a French Minister has said.

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Estate Taxes

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Trump touts trade wins, regulatory reforms at AFBF convention

AUSTIN, TEXAS - President Donald Trump said new trade deals – the Phase One US-China agreement and the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – and regulatory reforms including a reworked Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule underscore how his administration has “been fighting for the American farmer,” in a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention Sunday (Jan 19).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

House Republican tax plan has lots of trade offs

The tax reform package presented by House Republicans (HR 1) – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – will be marked by up the House Ways & Means Committee starting November 6, and has provisions that US agricultural and business interests find positive but also some areas they feel are absent from the package.

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US day ahead - September 27, 2017: Tax reform concepts coming today

Attention will be on tax reform framework ideas that are coming from Republican lawmakers on the Hill and from President Donald Trump in an appearance in Indiana. Grain and soybean futures are lower as harvest-related pressure continues to build for corn and soybeans. A proposal to provide aid to cotton producers is moving through the process at USDA and environmental groups are pushing for more focus on conservation compliance.

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Land Prices

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Farm Credit chief urges 'patience’ as new trade deals should boost ag sector

Continued ag sector stress has led to declines in loan quality, but the Farm Credit System (FCS) is “fundamentally safe and sound,” and new trade agreements should provide positive tailwinds for the sector in 2020, top farm credit officials told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Wednesday (Feb. 12).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

House ag panel grills NRCS, FSA chiefs on CRP, other conservation programs

Signups, rental rates and other details for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) drew numerous questions from lawmakers during a hearing on implementation of 2018 Farm Bill conservation programs held by the House Agriculture Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee today (Jan. 28).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Ag credit conditions stable but challenges continue, lenders tell lawmakers

Ag credit conditions are stable overall, but weather, trade turbulence and complicated issues arising from disaster aid and even uncertainty over hemp regulations are all factors weighing on ag lenders, bankers told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Dec. 11.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

USTR, USDA detail China’s progress on Phase One deal implementation

China has taken several steps toward implementation of the Phase One US-China trade deal, including steps to lift restrictions on several US products like potatoes, dairy and feed additives, according to an update released by  US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue today (Feb. 25).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

Day ahead – Feb. 25, 2020: Small refiner exemptions, Unilever food additive petition, ag labor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received two more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests, agency data show. Meanwhile, Unilever filed a petition with FDA to allow for the use of potassium iodate in salt and the National Potato Council (NPC) will hold a press conference Wednesday (Feb. 26) to push for ag labor legislation.

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