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Farm Policy & Programs

Farm Policy & Programs

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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Opportunity, peril for US pork industry as China ASF outbreak rages

As efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) continue in the US and internationally, the ongoing outbreak in China could provide a boost to US pork exporters – if current tariffs and other trade barriers are lifted.

US Agricultural Policy Animal Health

Brazil’s agriculture minister to follow US trade talks with China trip

Brazilian agriculture minister Tereza Cristina will follow up this week’s trip to Washington with a visit to China in the first week of May, where she will attempt to secure authorization for more meat plants to export to the Asian country among other things. 

Trade Agreements Food Safety and Standards

No requested cost-benefit analysis on ERS, NIFA changes in USDA budget

A cost-benefit analysis has not yet been provided by USDA relative to their proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of Washington, DC, but Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget plans say that analysis will be coming.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

WTO ag working groups remain focused on domestic ag supports

Domestic support issues drew the most interest in an initial round of World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture (COA) working group sessions.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Top Democrats denounce Trump's budget over cuts in nutrition and ag programs

Two congressional leaders on Thursday (March 14) criticized President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal for seeking cuts in agriculture programs and threatening to undo progress made in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill.

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Farm Bill

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Congress urged to reject proposed farm program cuts: Ag groups

Farm bill program spending cuts proposed in the Trump administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request should be rejected, a broad coalition of ag groups and stakeholders said in a March 13 letter to congressional budget writers.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Democrats, ag groups slam FY 2020 USDA budget request

Reactions to USDA's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request varied, with Democratic lawmakers and some ag groups voicing opposition and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue defending the proposal.

US Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

Ag spending again targeted for big cuts in Trump FY 2020 budget

Large cuts for USDA and other federal agencies were once again floated by the Trump administration in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal released today (March 11), but most of the spending reductions are unlikely to gain much traction in Congress – especially now that Democrats control the House.

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Crop Insurance

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.

Crop Insurance Food Safety and Standards

Congress urged to reject proposed farm program cuts: Ag groups

Farm bill program spending cuts proposed in the Trump administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request should be rejected, a broad coalition of ag groups and stakeholders said in a March 13 letter to congressional budget writers.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Democrats, ag groups slam FY 2020 USDA budget request

Reactions to USDA's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request varied, with Democratic lawmakers and some ag groups voicing opposition and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue defending the proposal.

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Market Support

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USDA urged to finish federal hemp rules in time for 2020 growing season

Hemp advocates and state officials last week urged USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to quickly craft a federal regulatory regime for the formerly illegal crop and ensure there are consistent and comprehensive rules for commercial production. 

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Brazil requests Chinese sugar quota to avoid WTO dispute

Brazil has asked China to open a sugar import quota of 3 million tonnes at a lower tariff, in order to avoid a dispute with the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to market participants.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.

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Rural Development

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China outlines agriculture policy priorities, including boosting soy output

China will implement further measures to enhance its rural economy through reform of the agriculture sector, with boosting soybean production and providing support to the dairy sector among its stated aims.

Farm Policy & Programs Direct Subsidies

Food and Ag Policy Briefing: Shutdown continues, Brexit ‘plan B’, crop protection, CAP

A review of the most significant talking points in the food and agriculture policy sphere for the past seven days.

US Agricultural Policy CAP

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.

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Opportunity, peril for US pork industry as China ASF outbreak rages

As efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) continue in the US and internationally, the ongoing outbreak in China could provide a boost to US pork exporters – if current tariffs and other trade barriers are lifted.

US Agricultural Policy Animal Health

Brazil’s agriculture minister to follow US trade talks with China trip

Brazilian agriculture minister Tereza Cristina will follow up this week’s trip to Washington with a visit to China in the first week of May, where she will attempt to secure authorization for more meat plants to export to the Asian country among other things. 

Trade Agreements Food Safety and Standards
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Farm Incomes

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USDA urged to finish federal hemp rules in time for 2020 growing season

Hemp advocates and state officials last week urged USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to quickly craft a federal regulatory regime for the formerly illegal crop and ensure there are consistent and comprehensive rules for commercial production. 

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Congress urged to reject proposed farm program cuts: Ag groups

Farm bill program spending cuts proposed in the Trump administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request should be rejected, a broad coalition of ag groups and stakeholders said in a March 13 letter to congressional budget writers.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Ag, biofuel groups laud EPA E15 proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to allow year-round sales of E15 (15% ethanol/85% gasoline) and reform Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits is drawing praise from ag and biofuels groups.

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