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Environment & Conservation

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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Are EU farmers losing the international productivity race?

Agricultural productivity in the European Union is slipping behind productivity gains in other major farm producing and exporting nations, most notably the United States, Brazil and China, according to research by the agro-chemical industry.

Crop Inputs Agribusiness

US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Hurricane Florence ag losses come into view, USDA responds

Ag losses, particularly for poultry and hogs, are coming into view in parts of South and North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence, with USDA announcing a special signup period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in certain South Carolina counties.

US Agricultural Policy USDA

The impact of limiting cadmium levels in European fertilizers – a constructive approach

In recent years, the words ‘phosphate’ and ‘cadmium’ have jointly come under the spotlight even in non-specialised press articles. On more than one occasion they have depicted scary, almost ‘doomsday’ scenarios that may come as a consequence of regulatory changes put forward by the European Commission.

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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – September 20, 2018: US-Canada NAFTA talks, India pushes China on rapeseed meal imports, Iowa joins WOTUS suit

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer will meet again today for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Meanwhile, India is reportedly pushing China to allow imports of Indian rapeseed meal and a judge allowed Iowa to join a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Ethanol blend rates not affected by waivers: Study

A new study by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin found that ethanol blend rates hadn’t budged when accounting for seasonal changes in consumption, despite the increase in refinery waivers that ethanol producers have said is undermining the biofuel mandate.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Day ahead – September 17, 2018: Waiting on China tariff announcement, economic impact of tariffs, ethanol study

President Donald Trump may announce tariffs of about 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as early as today. Meanwhile, US tariffs have yet to meaningfully affect the US economy according to forecasters surveyed by the Wall Street Journal and a new study found ethanol blend rates have been unaffected by small refinery waivers.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Pesticide industry warns of damage from Trump tariffs

U.S. pesticide companies are urging the Trump administration to abandon a plan to impose 25% tariffs on an array of active ingredients and chemicals manufactured in China, warning that the move would needlessly damage the industry and harm American agriculture.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Farm bill could be a win for biostimulants industry

Manufacturers of biostimulants, closely watching negotiations over the farm bill, are hopeful that lawmakers will agree to include a provision that could pave the way towards a national framework for approving and registering their products.

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Farm Policy & Programs

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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

More information sought on US farmer aid plan at upcoming WTO ag meeting

Several countries indicated they will seek more information from the US on the $12 billion farmer aid plan deployed by the Trump administration during this week's meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Agriculture.

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Farm Bill

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Conaway committed to finishing farm bill, says multiple issues remain unresolved

Multiple issues, not just differences on new work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, remain to be worked out between the House and Senate-passed versions of the farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said in an interview with IEG Policy and another reporter.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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