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Farm Policy & Programs

Farm Policy & Programs

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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

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More information sought on US farmer aid plan at upcoming WTO ag meeting

Several countries indicated they will seek more information from the US on the $12 billion farmer aid plan deployed by the Trump administration during this week's meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Agriculture.

US Agricultural Policy Market Support

Hurricane Florence ag losses come into view, USDA responds

Ag losses, particularly for poultry and hogs, are coming into view in parts of South and North Carolina affected by Hurricane Florence, with USDA announcing a special signup period for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in certain South Carolina counties.

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Enviros press court to vacate Enlist Duo registration

Environmentalists are pressing a federal court to vacate the registration of Dow Agrosciences' Enlist Duo herbicide, arguing the EPA's review of the product was inadequate.

US Agricultural Policy Agribusiness

European Commission reports new 133% increase in soybean imports from US

The European Commission has published the latest figures on EU soybean imports from the United States, showing that the country has surpassed Brazil to become the bloc’s main supplier of the commodity.

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Farm Bill

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Conaway committed to finishing farm bill, says multiple issues remain unresolved

Multiple issues, not just differences on new work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, remain to be worked out between the House and Senate-passed versions of the farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said in an interview with IEG Policy and another reporter.

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

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Crop Insurance

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Conaway committed to finishing farm bill, says multiple issues remain unresolved

Multiple issues, not just differences on new work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, remain to be worked out between the House and Senate-passed versions of the farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said in an interview with IEG Policy and another reporter.

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

House-Senate farm bill conferees signal hopes for final legislation

Lawmakers laid out their desires for a final House-Senate farm bill conference committee report, with many heaping praise on favored provisions of the bills passed by each chamber during the first public meeting of the committee September 5.

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Market Support

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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

More information sought on US farmer aid plan at upcoming WTO ag meeting

Several countries indicated they will seek more information from the US on the $12 billion farmer aid plan deployed by the Trump administration during this week's meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Agriculture.

US Agricultural Policy Market Support

Podcast: African Swine Fever in Belgium - markets impacts and animal health

The detection of African Swine Fever in Belgium has put western Europe on high alert for further outbreaks – what could it mean for the EU pig meat sector?

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Rural Development

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USDA announces more rural electric infrastructure investments

Another $398.5 million worth of investments to update rural electric infrastructure were announced by USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today (Sept. 19).

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USDA announces $392 million in rural water, wastewater infrastructure investments

Some $392 million worth of investments made via USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program (WWD) across 42 states, intended to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure, were announced on Aug. 14.

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Can more relevant pasture systems help meet the ecological challenge of ruminants?

Grazing livestock are generally seen by environmentalists as a major environmental problem. Being largely ruminants, they emit large quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) – principally methane – and they occupy land that could be producing food grains to feed the human population.

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

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Brazil boosts inspection to avoid African Swine Fever

Brazil is to step up inspection at borders to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has been rapidly spreading in Europe, Asia and Africa.
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Podcast: African Swine Fever in Belgium - markets impacts and animal health

The detection of African Swine Fever in Belgium has put western Europe on high alert for further outbreaks – what could it mean for the EU pig meat sector?

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Farm Incomes

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Are EU farmers losing the international productivity race?

Agricultural productivity in the European Union is slipping behind productivity gains in other major farm producing and exporting nations, most notably the United States, Brazil and China, according to research by the agro-chemical industry.

Crop Inputs Agribusiness

Day ahead – September 19, 2018: House GOP NAFTA concerns, Trump to survey hurricane damage, North Carolina hurricane ag losses

House Republicans signaled growing frustration with Canada over progress in talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Meanwhile, President Donald Trump will be in North Carolina today to look at the impacts from Hurricane Florence and North Carolina updated its hurricane loss figures for poultry and hogs.

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USTR finalizes list of Chinese ag commodity imports to be hit with tariffs

The United States will initially apply a 10% import tariff on a range of agricultural commodity imports from China, before raising the rate to 25% at the start of next year, as part of its continuing response to what it regards as Unfair Trading Practises by the Asian country.

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