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Enviro group hits farm program payments, cites trade aid data

Data from USDA on payments made to farmers under its trade aid plan were cited by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as further evidence that changes to the definition of "actively engaged" farmer for farm program payments are needed.

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Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

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US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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Export competition and more discussed at WTO ag session

Ideas and background information were exchanged in a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture that focused on export competition, export restrictions and market access.

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Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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Farm Bureau details priorities for Congress in lame duck session

Policy priorities for the lame duck session of Congress cover more than just the farm bill, according to the head of the largest US farmer organization.

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Economy & Finance

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Enviro group hits farm program payments, cites trade aid data

Data from USDA on payments made to farmers under its trade aid plan were cited by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as further evidence that changes to the definition of "actively engaged" farmer for farm program payments are needed.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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Export competition and more discussed at WTO ag session

Ideas and background information were exchanged in a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture that focused on export competition, export restrictions and market access.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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Dairy, grain groups hail USMCA, but outline shortfalls

Mostly positive impacts are expected for US grain and dairy stakeholders should the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) take effect, the top groups representing both industries said in testimony before the US International Trade Commission (USITC) November 15.

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Tax Policy

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Podcast: Food and drink levies - public health and climate solution, or 'stealth tax'?

The topic of taxing certain food and drink products to change consumer behaviour has become one of the most hotly-contested debates in public health policy around the globe 
Food Policy Environment and Conservation

Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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Farm Bureau details priorities for Congress in lame duck session

Policy priorities for the lame duck session of Congress cover more than just the farm bill, according to the head of the largest US farmer organization.

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Estate Taxes

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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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Governor to sign Delaware estate tax repeal

Governor to sign Delaware estate tax repeal

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Land Prices

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US Washington week ahead: EPA, farm bill, economy and spending plans

The House has exited Washington for their August recess while the Senate remains at work.

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US financial & news review: Equities drop; biofuel confab said on tap for Tuesday

Losses in tech stocks roiled equity markets to open the week while another biofuels session is said to be on tap for Tuesday while discussions between the US and Germany on several issues were termed "constructive."

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US financial & news review: Some farmland values rose in 2017 along with import prices

Farmland values in areas of the western Corn Belt rose during 2017 and while prices on imported goods rose, the increase was relatively tame, keeping that as a factor the US central bank will continue to monitor as they decide on the path for interest rates ahead.

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Compliance & Enforcement

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Enviro group hits farm program payments, cites trade aid data

Data from USDA on payments made to farmers under its trade aid plan were cited by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as further evidence that changes to the definition of "actively engaged" farmer for farm program payments are needed.

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California judge advances glyphosate cancer case

A California judge has agreed to expedite a trial for two plaintiffs who allege they both developed cancer because of exposure to Bayer-owned Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicides.

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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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