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Farm Policy & Programs

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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

Trade Disputes Markets

Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Democrats warn that relocation has undermined USDA research agencies

House Democrats on Thursday (Oct. 17) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, citing statistics that find the relocation has left two research agencies far short of staff and unable to finalize key reports or fund research grants.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Day ahead – Oct. 17, 2019: Disaster aid, NASS resurvey, Western Growers leadership

Disaster aid payments should begin flowing to farmers this week, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said it will have to resurvey corn and soybean harvested acreage in North Dakota and Minnesota due to recent snow and Western Growers announced Executive Vice President Dave Puglia has been tapped as the group’s next leader.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Biofuel backers, refiners offer harsh criticism of EPA biofuel plan

Disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan unveiled Tuesday to account for the impact of small refinery exemptions (SREs) on biofuel usage was voiced by biofuel proponents and at least one group representing the oil and refining industry.

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Democrats warn that relocation has undermined USDA research agencies

House Democrats on Thursday (Oct. 17) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, citing statistics that find the relocation has left two research agencies far short of staff and unable to finalize key reports or fund research grants.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Dietary supplement industry urges Congress to intervene on CBD

Dietary supplement manufacturers are urging Congress to amend federal law to legalize use of hemp-derived cannabinoid (CBD) as a dietary ingredient, calling the move vital to protect consumers and to provide legal clarity for the industry.

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Crop Insurance

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Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Eligible farmers to automatically get prevented plant ‘top-up’ payments

Producers who participated in federal crop insurance and are set to receive 2019 prevented planting indemnity payments will receive an additional 10% to 15% “top-up” payment as part of the Disaster Relief Act of 2019 cleared by Congress this summer, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) said Thursday (September 26).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Northey updates on Farm Bill, MFP, disaster aid at House Ag hearing

USDA continues to move swiftly on implementation of 2018 Farm Bill, and the department is working to balance that work with the need to administer the second round of trade aid and the new disaster program, USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey told a House Ag subcommittee panel today (September 19).

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Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Biofuel backers, refiners offer harsh criticism of EPA biofuel plan

Disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan unveiled Tuesday to account for the impact of small refinery exemptions (SREs) on biofuel usage was voiced by biofuel proponents and at least one group representing the oil and refining industry.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Food production is not increasing fast enough to feed the world - report

A new report released today says the world is not increasing agricultural productivity fast enough to sustainably meet the food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy needs of the planet’s population by 2050.

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Food production is not increasing fast enough to feed the world - report

A new report released today says the world is not increasing agricultural productivity fast enough to sustainably meet the food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy needs of the planet’s population by 2050.

EU European Agricultural Policy

No meat today: The rise of vegetarianism and veganism

If the predominant global food trend of the 20th century was a huge increase in consumption of meat and livestock products, the most striking trend of the first two decades of the 21st century has been the beginnings of a move in the opposite direction.

Animal Welfare Environment and Conservation

Climate fund worth $790 million launched to help small-scale food producers

A new fund worth $790 million was launched to help over 300 million small-scale farmers adapt to the consequences of the globe’s changing climate – impacts like lower yields and depleting resources.

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Animal Health & Welfare

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SE Asia trade mission sales commitments ‘probably third largest’ ever: USDA’s McKinney

Results from this week USDA-led ag trade mission to Southeast Asia are promising and it could prove to be one of the largest ever missions in terms of sales commitments, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney told reporters today (October 18).

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Senate Ag members press Censky over biofuels, CRP, cattle probe, more

Implementation of new 2018 Farm Bill provisions and programs, the Trump administration’s plan to boost biofuel usage and USDA’s ongoing cattle market investigation were among the topics Senate Agriculture Committee members pressed USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky on during a hearing Thursday (October 17).

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

ASF poses “serious risk” to European pigmeat market, Hogan warns

Any further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) within the EU could have a “severe impact” on domestic pigmeat producers, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has warned.

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Farm Incomes

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US, Japan sign trade deal putting US farmers on track with CPTPP countries

The final text of a trade deal between the US and Japan was signed in Washington Monday, putting US dairy, beef, and hog farmers and others on more level playing field in what has become a key market for those products.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Gillibrand asks USDA to probe produce prices as NY farmers face crisis

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) asked USDA last week to investigate why prices paid to fruit and vegetable farmers are not keeping up with the market.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Pressure builds on FDA over CBD, US-Japan trade deal, CAP transition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming under increasing pressure to be more proactive in establishing a clear regulatory framework for cannabidiol (CBD) foods and supplements – but law makers and industry stake holders appear divided on the next steps.

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