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Farm Policy & Programs

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Day ahead – Feb. 26, 2020: Food prices, China trade, Starbucks & Beyond Meat

USDA’s latest forecast continues to see tame food price inflation in 2020. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing today on the US-China trade situation and Starbucks announced it will offer Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at 1,200 Canadian Starbucks locations.

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Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

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Day ahead – Feb. 25, 2020: Small refiner exemptions, Unilever food additive petition, ag labor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received two more small refinery exemption (SRE) requests, agency data show. Meanwhile, Unilever filed a petition with FDA to allow for the use of potassium iodate in salt and the National Potato Council (NPC) will hold a press conference Wednesday (Feb. 26) to push for ag labor legislation.

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NFU urges more transparency, consultation with Congress for MFP 3

USDA should implement “meaningful changes” that boost transparency and it should further involve Congress if there is a third round of ag trade aid via the Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged in a Feb. 21 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Many hemp program changes require congressional action, panel says

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. As USDA and other federal agencies work to implement legalization of industrial hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, regulatory and data hurdles remain two big factors that must be overcome for the market to mature, panelists said during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Slovakian push for local food meets resistance, Mexico’s labelling changes loom and West Bank food under spotlight

An Irish MEP asked the European Commission last week whether consumers were being misled about products from the Golan Heights and the West Bank as they are not being correctly labelled as coming from Israeli settlements.

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Farm Bill

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NFU urges more transparency, consultation with Congress for MFP 3

USDA should implement “meaningful changes” that boost transparency and it should further involve Congress if there is a third round of ag trade aid via the Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged in a Feb. 21 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Many hemp program changes require congressional action, panel says

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. As USDA and other federal agencies work to implement legalization of industrial hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, regulatory and data hurdles remain two big factors that must be overcome for the market to mature, panelists said during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Lawmakers call on EPA to delay biostimulant guidance

A bipartisan group of House members has asked EPA to hold off on finalizing guidance on biostimulants, warning that the agency’s proposal will conflict with ongoing efforts by Congress and USDA to clarify the legal and regulatory framework for the emerging class of biological products.

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Crop Insurance

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Many hemp program changes require congressional action, panel says

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. As USDA and other federal agencies work to implement legalization of industrial hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, regulatory and data hurdles remain two big factors that must be overcome for the market to mature, panelists said during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: CAP reform under spotlight, Trump proposes USDA budget cuts, US-China ‘Phase one’ deal applied

The European Commission received both praise and criticism for its proposals and decisions on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Farm Credit chief urges 'patience’ as new trade deals should boost ag sector

Continued ag sector stress has led to declines in loan quality, but the Farm Credit System (FCS) is “fundamentally safe and sound,” and new trade agreements should provide positive tailwinds for the sector in 2020, top farm credit officials told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Wednesday (Feb. 12).

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Market Support

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NFU urges more transparency, consultation with Congress for MFP 3

USDA should implement “meaningful changes” that boost transparency and it should further involve Congress if there is a third round of ag trade aid via the Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged in a Feb. 21 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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US Washington week: Congress returns; budget, coronavirus & ag policy focus in DC

The House and Senate return from their week-long break for the President’s Day holiday.

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Wine and spirit sales to US hit records despite Airbus tariffs

Exports of European wines and spirits to the US reached a new high in 2019, as the Airbus tariffs only affected sales in the last quarter of the year.

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Rural Development

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Democrats hit Trump FY 2021 budget over ag cuts

Proposed funding levels for USDA outlined in the Trump administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget, including cuts to farm programs and disaster assistance, request drew strong criticism from Democratic lawmakers and a mixed reaction from ag groups.

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FCC, USDA continue to push expansion of rural broadband availability

Rural broadband expansion efforts are gaining steam at USDA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the two agencies committing billions of dollars through two programs aimed at funding projects to boost internet availability and speeds in rural areas.

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Download the IEG Policy Food and Agriculture Outlook 2020 special report

A long-simmering conflict between the EU and the US over an aircraft subsidy caused upset throughout 2019 for Europe’s food and agriculture industry when the US imposed retaliatory tariffs as part of the dispute, which is likely to carry on throughout 2020. It is one of a number of topics covered in our Outlook Report 2020 published today.

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

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USTR, USDA detail China’s progress on Phase One deal implementation

China has taken several steps toward implementation of the Phase One US-China trade deal, including steps to lift restrictions on several US products like potatoes, dairy and feed additives, according to an update released by  US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue today (Feb. 25).

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USDA served with lawsuit challenging poultry line speed waivers

Animal rights advocates filed suit Tuesday (Feb. 25) challenging USDA’s 2018 decision to allow poultry plants to boost line speeds by some 25%, alleging federal officials failed to follow federal law and ignored concerns about the impacts on animal welfare, worker safety, and public health.

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Farm Incomes

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USDA’s Johansson: ‘Important’ trade progress made but more needed as 2020 begins

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - While uncertainties exist as 2020 gets underway, there have been gains made on the trade front that set an important stage for US agriculture ahead, according to USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson.

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Farm Credit chief urges 'patience’ as new trade deals should boost ag sector

Continued ag sector stress has led to declines in loan quality, but the Farm Credit System (FCS) is “fundamentally safe and sound,” and new trade agreements should provide positive tailwinds for the sector in 2020, top farm credit officials told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Wednesday (Feb. 12).

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USDA sees farm income rise in 2020 versus 2019

USDA forecasts US net farm income to increase $3.1 billion (3.3 percent) from 2019 to reach $96.7 billion in 2020. Net cash farm income is forecast to decrease $10.9 billion (9.0 percent) from 2019 to $109.6 billion in 2020, according to USDA.

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