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Farm Policy & Programs

Farm Policy & Programs

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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EPA chief pumps up WOTUS proposal

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday touted the benefits of the administration's plan to redefine the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), telling members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that the proposed rule would provide the "regulatory certainty" needed by stakeholders without undermining environmental protections.

US Agricultural Policy Compliance and Enforcement

USDA announces temporary reopening of some FSA offices

Some Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to "perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers," amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, USDA announced.

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French Court cancels approval for Roundup Pro 360

The French Administrative Court in Lyon has cancelled the approval for Bayer legacy company Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup Pro 360 (glyphosate).
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Farm Bill

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USDA announces temporary reopening of some FSA offices

Some Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to "perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers," amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, USDA announced.

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Trump focuses on familiar themes in speech to Farm Bureau convention

Administration moves on trade, tax reform and regulation were touted by President Donald Trump, who also spent considerable time addressing the topic of border security in speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans Monday (January 14).

US Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

State ag officials urge end to the shutdown

State agriculture officials are urging the Trump administration and Congress to strike a deal to re-open the government, warning that the partial shutdown is having "immediate and cascading effects" on farmers and ranchers.

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Crop Insurance

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Farm bill implementation main focus as Peterson takes helm at House Ag

Farm bill implementation, trade aid and scrutiny of USDA's plan to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are among the top priorities for the House Agriculture Committee under its new chairman, Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

US crop insurance indemnities clear $4.2 billion for 2018 crops

Payouts to US farmers under the crop insurance program have moved above $4 billion for 2018 crops, but have not yet surpassed the 2017-crop mark.

US Agricultural Policy Crop Insurance

WTO US trade policy review finds US farm support mostly steady

While US farm support remains at a low level relative to other developed countries, the World Trade Organization (WTO) biennial trade policy review did find some shifts in the support provided.

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Market Support

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USDA extends trade aid payment sign up deadline

An extension of the January 15 deadline for farmers to apply for trade aid payments under USDA's Market Facilitation Program (MFP) was announced January 8 by Secretary Sonny Perdue.

US Agricultural Policy USDA

Commission legal experts prepare WTO case against US tariffs on Spanish olives

Legal experts at the European Commission are currently evaluating initiating a complaint at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against US tariffs on exports of Spanish olives, according to a top EU politician.

US Agricultural Policy EU

More dairy farmers using revamped MPP program

More dairy producers enrolled in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) in 2018 than they did the prior year, largely due to program tweaks approved by Congress early in 2018.

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Rural Development

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Opposition to moving ERS/NIFA continues to grow

USDA's proposal to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of the Washington, DC, metro area remains a plan that is generating more and more opposition.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Data sharing in food and agriculture can 'increase yields and income by 30%'

Sharing information along the food production and supply chain can increase yields and incomes by between 10% and 30%, a global organisation dedicated to data sharing has said.

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Farm Incomes

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Second round of US farmer aid payments coming

Speculation over the second installment of aid payments to farmers impacted by trade actions is now put to rest with President Donald Trump and USDA both announcing the payments will be coming.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

US beef gains access to Moroccan market

Morocco has agreed to lift its ban on US beef and beef products, giving American suppliers their first chance to profit from a free trade agreement between the two countries.

Trade Agreements Markets

Corn growers urge changes for second tranche of ag trade aid

Changes to the methodology used to calculate a second round of trade aid payments are being called for by corn growers, contending the first payments did not take enough into account.

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