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Environment & Conservation

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.

Crop Insurance Food Safety and Standards

Day ahead – March 15, 2019: No Trump-Xi meeting this month: Mnuchin

A meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not take place this month, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Meanwhile, Mnuchin also said he expects the Section 232 metal tariffs issue to be worked out with Canada and Mexico and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved more Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Ag, biofuel groups laud EPA E15 proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to allow year-round sales of E15 (15% ethanol/85% gasoline) and reform Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits is drawing praise from ag and biofuels groups.

US Agricultural Policy EPA

EPA unveils plan for year-round E15 sales, RIN reforms

EPA has announced its plan to allow for year-round sales of E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) and proposed reforms to the biofuel credits known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Glyphosate study ruling, digitalization of agriculture, Gottlieb to step down from FDA

In what was described as a “landmark” ruling, the EU General Court last week ruled that studies on the toxicology and carcinogenicity of controversial herbicide glyphosate should be made public – potentially leading to significant changes in the EU approval process for plant protection products going forward.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Change what we eat or face climate consequences, Professor warns

Humanity needs to change what it eats, and thereby change what it farms, otherwise it will “push itself into a corner where, literally, by the end of the century, we are going to fry”, an expert on climate change warned this week.

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EPA

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EPA considering Monsanto request to allow spraying of dicamba on corn

EPA has received a request from Bayer-owned Monsanto to allow dicamba to be sprayed on corn that has been genetically engineered to resist the potent herbicide.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – March 15, 2019: No Trump-Xi meeting this month: Mnuchin

A meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not take place this month, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Meanwhile, Mnuchin also said he expects the Section 232 metal tariffs issue to be worked out with Canada and Mexico and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved more Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Ag, biofuel groups laud EPA E15 proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to allow year-round sales of E15 (15% ethanol/85% gasoline) and reform Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits is drawing praise from ag and biofuels groups.

US Agricultural Policy EPA

EPA unveils plan for year-round E15 sales, RIN reforms

EPA has announced its plan to allow for year-round sales of E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) and proposed reforms to the biofuel credits known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Day ahead – March 12, 2019: EPA to decide on 2017 RFS waiver requests

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make a decision on the remaining the remaining 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small refinery waiver requests in the next week. Meanwhile, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer is set to brief congressional Democrats on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and new research suggests beef production is not a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – March 5, 2019: Pompeo predicts USMCA approval

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be approved. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its proposed rule allowing year-round E15 fuel sales to the White House for review and the delay of a tariff hike on China was published in the Federal Register.

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Farm Policy & Programs

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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Opportunity, peril for US pork industry as China ASF outbreak rages

As efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) continue in the US and internationally, the ongoing outbreak in China could provide a boost to US pork exporters – if current tariffs and other trade barriers are lifted.

US Agricultural Policy Animal Health

Brazil’s agriculture minister to follow US trade talks with China trip

Brazilian agriculture minister Tereza Cristina will follow up this week’s trip to Washington with a visit to China in the first week of May, where she will attempt to secure authorization for more meat plants to export to the Asian country among other things. 

Trade Agreements Food Safety and Standards
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Farm Bill

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Congress urged to reject proposed farm program cuts: Ag groups

Farm bill program spending cuts proposed in the Trump administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request should be rejected, a broad coalition of ag groups and stakeholders said in a March 13 letter to congressional budget writers.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Democrats, ag groups slam FY 2020 USDA budget request

Reactions to USDA's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request varied, with Democratic lawmakers and some ag groups voicing opposition and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue defending the proposal.

US Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

Ag spending again targeted for big cuts in Trump FY 2020 budget

Large cuts for USDA and other federal agencies were once again floated by the Trump administration in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal released today (March 11), but most of the spending reductions are unlikely to gain much traction in Congress – especially now that Democrats control the House.

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