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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.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Chinese poultry production seen rising as ASF hits pork output

Chicken meat production is rising rapidly in China as the industry looks to meet demand for animal protein in a country where millions of pigs have been lost to African Swine Fever (ASF).

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

Seventh Asian country reports outbreak of ASF

Asia’s problems with African Swine Fever worsened on Wednesday (August 14) as Myanmar confirmed its first case of the disease.

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

US cheese exports to China slashed nearly 50% in first half of 2019

US cheese exports to China dropped by 46% during the first half of 2019, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reported this month.

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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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Crop Insurance

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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

USDA unveils more details of second trade aid package

USDA unveiled details today (July 25) of its second trade aid package for farmers impacted by ongoing trade disruptions, including new county-based payment rates and increased payment caps compared with last year's effort.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

USDA extends crop acreage reporting deadline in 12 states

Extension of the deadline for farmers in 12 states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture to report spring-planted crop acreage to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices and crop insurance agents was announced by USDA July 10 (Wednesday).

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US, China clash over US compliance ruling at WTO DSB meeting

The US and China tussled over the adoption of an Appellate Body decision on US non-compliance with a dispute panel ruling about various countervailing duty investigations while requests for dispute panels were granted to probe India's sugar subsides during an August 15 meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

US delays new tariffs on some Chinese goods

There are new signs that US-China trade tensions may be easing, if only slightly, after the US announced a delay for new tariffs on certain Chinese imports and China reported a phone call between high-level US and China trade officials Tuesday (August 13).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Canadian provinces to support potato growers

Ottawa and the government of Prince Edward Island have earmarked up to C$15.6 million (US$11.8m) to help farmers following the poor potato harvest in 2018.

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Rural Development

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New AGRI & ENVI committee chairs, EU under fire over pesticide regs, plant-based/dairy friction

In an eventful week in Brussels, a German MEP was elected chair of the influential European Parliament agriculture committee (AGRI) and a Frenchman was made chair of the food safety committee (ENVI).

Trade Agreements Traceability & Supply Chain

Lawmakers told broadband key for agriculture, rural communities

Rural broadband access is an increasingly important factor for agriculture and the economic health of rural communities, witnesses representing a broad section of rural America told a House Ag panel July 11.

US Agricultural Policy Technology

Blockchain could make food chain “fairer and more sustainable”

Using blockchain platforms for future transactions could result in reduced prices for consumers and fairer returns for farmers, a university professor has claimed.

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Chinese poultry production seen rising as ASF hits pork output

Chicken meat production is rising rapidly in China as the industry looks to meet demand for animal protein in a country where millions of pigs have been lost to African Swine Fever (ASF).

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

Seventh Asian country reports outbreak of ASF

Asia’s problems with African Swine Fever worsened on Wednesday (August 14) as Myanmar confirmed its first case of the disease.

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

USDA adds Vietnam, Cambodia to list of ASF-affected regions

Vietnam and Cambodia were added to the list of regions where African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed, following detection of the disease in both countries' pork herds earlier this year, according to notices from USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) dated August 8 and published today (August 14) in the Federal Register.

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Farm Incomes

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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

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CAP set for delay, UN climate report, cell-based meat

A lack of clarity over the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), largely due to the uncertainty around Brexit, could mean the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will not be implemented until 2023.

CAP Food Technology

Canada urged to compensate meat producers over China ban

Canada’s government is coming under pressure to compensate meat producers for harm caused by an ongoing trade dispute with China.

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