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Farm Policy & Programs

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UK commits decisively to Brexit as Johnson wins election

The United Kingdom is on course finally to leave the EU on January 31, following a decisive victory for prime minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in Thursday’s UK General Election.

Brexit Farm Policy & Programs

Ag labor bill clears House but path forward uncertain at best

An ag labor reform bill authored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) cleared the House Wednesday (Dec. 11), but without changes, it likely faces an uphill climb towards passage in the Senate and lacks the support of many conservatives and one major US ag group.

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Democrats want GAO probe into relocation of USDA research agencies

A group of five House Democrats on Wednesday (Dec. 11) asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Trump administration’s relocation of two USDA research agencies, calling on the watchdog to probe the cost-benefit analysis used to justify the controversial move.

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Day ahead – Dec. 12, 2019: FY 2020 spending, Interest rates, FDA feedlot bill

Attention remains on a potential Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending agreement between the White House and Congress. Meanwhile, expectations that the Federal Reserve will not hike rates in 2020 could be a boost for farmers and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to investigate feedlots during foodborne illness outbreaks.

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Ag credit conditions stable but challenges continue, lenders tell lawmakers

Ag credit conditions are stable overall, but weather, trade turbulence and complicated issues arising from disaster aid and even uncertainty over hemp regulations are all factors weighing on ag lenders, bankers told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Dec. 11.

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USDA extends signup deadline for DMC, MFP 2

Signup deadlines for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) and the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP 2) have been extended to Dec. 20, USDA announced today. 

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Ag credit conditions stable but challenges continue, lenders tell lawmakers

Ag credit conditions are stable overall, but weather, trade turbulence and complicated issues arising from disaster aid and even uncertainty over hemp regulations are all factors weighing on ag lenders, bankers told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Dec. 11.

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USDA extends signup deadline for DMC, MFP 2

Signup deadlines for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) and the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP 2) have been extended to Dec. 20, USDA announced today. 

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State ag officials call for more time to comment on USDA hemp rule

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is calling on USDA to give the public more time to comment on the interim final hemp production rule, voicing concern that the 60-day comment period does not provide enough time for the “robust feedback” needed to “get this rule right.” 

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Crop Insurance

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Can agriculture save the WTO from ‘brain death’?

The global trade regime is in dire straits. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is close to losing its all-important capacity to settle disputes among its member countries.

Trade Disputes Market Support

Farm Bill implementation final rules dominate USDA’s Fall 2019 regulatory agenda

Continued efforts by the Trump administration to streamline regulations and implement the 2018 Farm Bill were detailed in the latest Unified Regulatory Agenda update from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

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Day ahead – Nov. 15, 2019: USMCA, Crop insurance, US sugar subsidies

North American state and provincial ag officials urged swift ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) following this week’s 28th annual Tri-National Accord gathering. Meanwhile, USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) said it will continue to defer interest accrual on 2019 crop insurance premiums and the head of the National Confectioners Association (NCA) called for a revamp of US sugar policy.

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Market Support

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Ag credit conditions stable but challenges continue, lenders tell lawmakers

Ag credit conditions are stable overall, but weather, trade turbulence and complicated issues arising from disaster aid and even uncertainty over hemp regulations are all factors weighing on ag lenders, bankers told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Dec. 11.

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USDA extends signup deadline for DMC, MFP 2

Signup deadlines for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) and the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP 2) have been extended to Dec. 20, USDA announced today. 

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Can agriculture save the WTO from ‘brain death’?

The global trade regime is in dire straits. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is close to losing its all-important capacity to settle disputes among its member countries.

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Rural Development

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New front opens in US-EU trade war, biotech rule revamp, UK election

Champagne and cheeses from France could be hit with a U.S. import tariff of up to 100% unless the EU member state rolls back on its new Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Brexit

Ukraine could lift ban on sale of farmland by 2020

The EU has praised Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s efforts to remove a long-standing ban on the sale of farmland in his country, but the move still faces strong internal resistance.

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5G could help farming and food sectors to tackle key challenges – event

The next generation of mobile broadband could help farmers improve their agricultural practices and enhance transparency across the food supply chain, participants at an event heard.

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UK commits decisively to Brexit as Johnson wins election

The United Kingdom is on course finally to leave the EU on January 31, following a decisive victory for prime minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in Thursday’s UK General Election.

Brexit Farm Policy & Programs

CSPI raises concerns about a sudden uptick in US sales of antimicrobials for food animals

Concerned that sales of medically important antimicrobials for food animals rose in the US rose by 9% between 2017 and 2018, one consumer group is urging FDA to further tighten safeguards by ensuring antibiotics are only prescribed for use in food animals for a limited duration and for carefully defined purposes.

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Day ahead – Dec. 9, 2019: US-China negotiations, EPA RFS plan, Animal housing

Chinese officials continue to voice optimism about the prospects for a US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, EPA’s final rule for 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel levels and its plan to account for small refinery exemptions (SREs) arrived at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and US ag groups are mounting a legal challenge to California’s new animal housing standards.

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Government payments key contributor to rise in 2019 farm income forecast

US net farm income is now forecast at $92.5 billion for 2019, up $8.5 billion (10.2 percent) from the 2018 level, according to USDA’s November 2019 Farm Income Forecast.

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Podcast: Lawmakers hope new LID premium will make cocoa more sustainable

Ghana and Ivory Coast’s proposal for adding a Living Income Differential (LID) premium to sales of cocoa beans looks set to be approved and become law by early next year.

Environment and Conservation Farm Policy & Programs

Trade, biofuel policy certainty would boost ag sector: FCA chief

The Farm Credit System remains strong and well capitalized, but more trade and biofuel policy certainty is needed to prevent further deterioration in the health of the ag sector, officials from the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit today (Nov. 19).

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