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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

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NMPF’s Bleiberg optimistic Congress will clear more COVID-19 aid for ag

Additional aid for the ag sector is expected to be part of Congress’s next COVID-19 aid package, with activity likely to ramp up when the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess in June, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Vice President for Government Relations Paul Bleiberg said Thursday (May 21).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USDA unveils $1 billion in COVID-19 loan guarantees for producers, rural businesses

Up to $1 billion is being made available by USDA to guarantee loans to rural businesses and to ag producers that are ineligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans, using funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Biden talks agriculture, hits COVID-19 response during Wisconsin roundtable

More federal leadership on COVID-19 food supply chain issues and relief programs to support farmers and small businesses were among the actions called for by Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden (Del.) in a virtual roundtable today (May 20) hosted by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). 

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

EU United States

NMPF’s Bleiberg optimistic Congress will clear more COVID-19 aid for ag

Additional aid for the ag sector is expected to be part of Congress’s next COVID-19 aid package, with activity likely to ramp up when the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess in June, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Vice President for Government Relations Paul Bleiberg said Thursday (May 21).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Researchers develop new vaccine that protects 100% of pigs against ASF

The UK’s Pirbright Institute has moved a step closer to developing a viable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF).

International ASF

Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Progress on US-China Trade deal brings good news for fruit, grain, dairy, and meat producers

Blueberries, Hass avocados, and barley can now be exported to China from the US, according to the latest update on the Phase One US-China trade deal announced May 21 by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

WTO moves forward with expedited process for picking new leader

Nominations for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General will open June 8 as the trade body moves forward with an expedited process of selecting a new leader to replace current WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo who is stepping down one year early on August 31.

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Tax Policy

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Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Restaurant industry urges lawmakers to pass COVID-19 economic relief package

Calling it “an important first step,” the nation’s restaurateurs are backing the Senate-passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act meant to shore up some of the mounting economic catastrophe from the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

FAO assesses global impact of COVID-19 on food and agriculture

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said measures should be taken quickly to protect the most food-insecure people in the world and keep global food supply chains alive to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across the food system.

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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.

US Agricultural Policy Tax Reform

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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Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USDA keen to reconsider worker safety comments in legal battle over swine rule

USDA has asked a Minnesota federal judge to stay litigation challenging its swine inspection rule and send the regulation back to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to reconsider comments on worker safety concerns. 

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

WTO moves forward with expedited process for picking new leader

Nominations for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General will open June 8 as the trade body moves forward with an expedited process of selecting a new leader to replace current WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo who is stepping down one year early on August 31.

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