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Farm Policy & Programs

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Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

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Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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EPA extends comment period for controversial science transparency rule

The Trump administration has extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to restrict the data EPA can use to support future regulations.
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Day ahead – May 23, 2018: House Republicans vow to pass farm bill, possible RFS details surface

House Republicans press on, vowing to pass their version of the farm bill. Meanwhile, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) made information available on its bioengineered food labelling proposal and reports regarding an upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal surfaced.

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Current, former USTR chief negotiators for agriculture discuss current trade dynamics

US trade relations, the Trump administration's different break with past administrations on trade policy style and substance and other trade topics were discussed during a panel discussion including current and former US agriculture trade negotiators held May 22 at the Farm Foundation.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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Farm Bill

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Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

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Day ahead – May 23, 2018: House Republicans vow to pass farm bill, possible RFS details surface

House Republicans press on, vowing to pass their version of the farm bill. Meanwhile, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) made information available on its bioengineered food labelling proposal and reports regarding an upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal surfaced.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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Crop Insurance

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Farm bill headed to House floor, Democrats criticize SNAP changes

The House started debate on a rule for bringing the chamber's version of the farm bill to the floor, with Democrats continuing to criticize Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) changes and Republicans threatening to move the legislation forward on their own.

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House Farm Bill amendments filed, rule for debate up next

Amendments to the House Farm Bill – 103 in all – were filed last week ahead of a deadline, and this week the House Rules Committee will hold two sessions to craft a rule for debate of the bill on the House floor. Before any floor action, Republicans are still pressing to secure the votes needed for the bill's passage.
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IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks

It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.

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Market Support

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Current, former USTR chief negotiators for agriculture discuss current trade dynamics

US trade relations, the Trump administration's different break with past administrations on trade policy style and substance and other trade topics were discussed during a panel discussion including current and former US agriculture trade negotiators held May 22 at the Farm Foundation.

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Day ahead – May 18, 2018: China drops probe into US sorghum shipments, immigration surfaces in House farm bill debate

China ended an antidumping and antisubsidy investigation into US sorghum, dialing back trade tensions as high-level officials continue trade talks. Meanwhile, immigration policy continues to be part of the House farm bill debate, with some Republicans demanding a vote on the Goodlatte immigration reform plan in exchange for their yes vote on the farm bill.
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US files first-ever WTO counter notification against India's wheat, rice subsidies

A counter notification on India's market price support (MPS) subsidies for wheat and rice was filed by the US in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agriculture Committee May 4, and was announced in a May 9 joint release from US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Rural Development

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Environmental issues threaten growth in world food production

At current rates, the amount of food produced globally will only feed approximately half the world population by the middle of this century. But can agricultural systems rise to the challenge and boost output to the necessary levels?

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House Ag Committee clears farm bill on party-line vote

In perhaps one of the shortest farm bill markup sessions on record, the House Agriculture Committee approved the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (HR 2) after a highly political and contentions markup session that saw few amendments considered, but much discussion about the underlying legislation.

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House farm bill details unveiled, sets stage for markup ahead

The long-awaited details of the House Ag Committee farm bill plan have been released and include some modifications to the safety net provisions for commodity producers, changes in nutrition programs and more.

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

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EU to implement Brazilian poultry ban

An EU-wide ban on importing poultry products from some of the biggest suppliers in Brazil will come into force later this week.

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What threat does ‘lab-grown’ meat pose to the traditional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

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Farm Incomes

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House farm bill defeated on floor amid Freedom Caucus revolt over immigration

The House farm bill (HR 2) – including a controversial plan to impose work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries – was defeated on the floor by vote of 198-213. 
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Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

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What threat does ‘lab-grown’ meat pose to the traditional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

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