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USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

General Mills lays out strategy for reducing pesticide use

General Mills is scoring points for sharing plans to reduce pesticide use in its agricultural supply chain, detailing its strategies for promoting regenerative agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques as well as expanding organic production and promoting pollinator health.

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Day ahead – August 14, 2019: Trump hits Japan on trade deficit

President Donald Trump hit Japan over its trade deficit with the US during a speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday (August 13). Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested gathering information on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner waivers from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and Oregon enacted a new animal welfare law affecting egg production.

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Trump administration overhauls rules to protect endangered species

The Trump administration on Monday (Aug. 12) finalized far-reaching changes to how the federal government implements and enforces the Endangered Species Act (ESA), revamping rules that govern listing decisions, designation of critical habitat and interagency consultations.

US Agricultural Policy Environment and Conservation

EPA waiver moves leave biofuel proponents dismayed

EPA's announcement that it granted 31 small refiner exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the 2018 compliance year has biofuel supporters fuming and again questioning President Donald Trump's stated commitment to defend current US biofuel policy.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Brazilian citrus industry to restrict use of dimethoate after EU withdrawal notice

Brazil’s citrus sector has restricted the use of the insecticide dimethoate in production of fruit for juice and for export as fresh produce, in response to the European Union’s decision not to renew its authorisation due to risks identified in its reassessment.

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Enviros restart legal bid to upend Monsanto's dicamba herbicide

Environmentalists have again called on a federal appeals court to vacate EPA's approval of Monsanto's dicamba herbicide, arguing the agency failed to account for the harm from drift of the potent pesticide and ignored its potential impact on endangered species.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – August 14, 2019: Trump hits Japan on trade deficit

President Donald Trump hit Japan over its trade deficit with the US during a speech in Pennsylvania Tuesday (August 13). Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested gathering information on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refiner waivers from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and Oregon enacted a new animal welfare law affecting egg production.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

EPA waiver moves leave biofuel proponents dismayed

EPA's announcement that it granted 31 small refiner exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the 2018 compliance year has biofuel supporters fuming and again questioning President Donald Trump's stated commitment to defend current US biofuel policy.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

EPA bars cancer warnings for glyphosate

Labels for products containing glyphosate cannot include claims that the pesticide causes cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a letter announcing the new guidance to product registrants.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – August 9, 2019: Suit against pork companies tossed

A judge dismissed lawsuits alleging several pork companies conspired to limit supplies and boost prices. Meanwhile, six states sued EPA over its decision not to ban chlorpyrifos and findings about a Salmonella strain by Kansas State researchers are said to underscore the need for coordination between researchers, regulators.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Biofuel supporters press Trump on biofuel policy commitments

Pressure continues on President Donald Trump to "uphold" his commitments on biofuel policy in a joint August 7 op-ed by National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Lynn Chrisp and American Soybean Association (ASA) President Davie Stephens, while the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) cited new data detailing the impact of year-round E15 sales and small refinery exemptions (SREs).

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Farm Policy & Programs

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Day ahead – August 16, 2019: Weekend could be key in US-China situation

Developments this weekend could prove pivotal for the trajectory of the US-China trade situation. Meanwhile, a Chicago Fed survey revealed a drop in farmland values and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided new guidance to help food companies comply with nutrition labeling changes.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

California moves ahead with plan to ban chlorpyrifos

California environmental officials have taken the next step towards imposing a statewide ban on banning chlorpyrifos, sending notices on Wednesday (Aug. 13) to registrants that their product registrations will be cancelled because of concerns about the public health risks from the widely-used insecticide.

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Farm Bill

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USDA takes action to help flooded farmers with crop insurance premium payments

Interest accrual for all unpaid spring 2019 crop insurance premiums is being delayed to provide more flexibility for producers who were impacted by flooding and extreme weather this year, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today (August 15).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Day ahead – August 15, 2019: China threatens a response to new US tariffs

China warned it would respond if new US tariffs take effect September 1 as scheduled. Meanwhile, a Japanese official said talks with the US toward a mini ag and auto trade deal are making progress and a Gallup poll revealed one in seven Americans use CBD-based products.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Top Senate Democrat urges financial regulators to clarify hemp rules

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on federal financial regulators to issue guidance to ensure hemp growers and businesses have access to banking services, warning that failure to do so will stymie growth of the nascent industry.

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