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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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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

Palm oil producers given one year to transition to new RSPO standard

Producers of palm oil that are certified as sustainable by the RSPO have been given one year to adapt to a new RSPO standard which the certification body says will “strengthen” environmental protection in the supply chain.

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Groups press court to rule on challenge of dicamba registration

Environmentalists have hit back at Bayer-owned Monsanto's bid to dismiss a lawsuit challenging EPA's approval of its dicamba herbicide, contesting the company's suggestion that the agency's renewed registration makes the original complaint moot.

US Agricultural Policy Crop Inputs

NCBA weighs in on midterms, agenda going forward

Work to be completed in the lame duck session of the current Congress and an agenda are the focus for the National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA) in the wake of the November 6 midterm elections.

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Neonicotinoids found to change bees’ social behavior

A new study adds to concern about the sublethal impacts of a widely-used class of insecticides on bees. Researchers found that exposure to neonicotinoids can have dramatic impacts on the social behavior of bumblebees, causing them to interact less with their colony and weakening the hive.

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California recommends new limits on chlorpyrifos use

California's pesticide agency is recommending local officials adopt new interim restrictions on use of chlorpyrifos while it considers a plan to impose permanent limits on the widely used insecticide. 

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Groups press court to rule on challenge of dicamba registration

Environmentalists have hit back at Bayer-owned Monsanto's bid to dismiss a lawsuit challenging EPA's approval of its dicamba herbicide, contesting the company's suggestion that the agency's renewed registration makes the original complaint moot.

US Agricultural Policy Crop Inputs

Neonicotinoids found to change bees’ social behavior

A new study adds to concern about the sublethal impacts of a widely-used class of insecticides on bees. Researchers found that exposure to neonicotinoids can have dramatic impacts on the social behavior of bumblebees, causing them to interact less with their colony and weakening the hive.

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Monsanto asks court to toss dicamba suit

Bayer-owned Monsanto has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging EPA's approval of its dicamba herbicide, arguing the agency's renewed registration makes the original complaint moot.

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EPA chief says new WOTUS definition nearly complete

The Trump administration has nearly finalized a much-awaited revised definition of which waterways are subject to the agency's jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA), Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said this week.

US Agricultural Policy Compliance and Enforcement

RFS land-use petition draws pushback from corn growers

The issue of biofuels and land use continues to be a hot topic when it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), with a request by environmental groups drawing a harsh response from biofuel backers.

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Farm Policy & Programs

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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.

US Agricultural Policy Crop Inputs

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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Farm Bill

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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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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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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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