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Farm Policy & Programs

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

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NMPF’s Bleiberg optimistic Congress will clear more COVID-19 aid for ag

Additional aid for the ag sector is expected to be part of Congress’s next COVID-19 aid package, with activity likely to ramp up when the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess in June, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Vice President for Government Relations Paul Bleiberg said Thursday (May 21).

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Day ahead – May 22, 2020: US-China Phase One agreement, RFS waivers, plant-based seafood

National Economic Council (NEC) Director Larry Kudlow said China is complying with the terms of the Phase One US-China trade agreement despite it importing US goods at a slower pace than originally hoped for. Meanwhile, a group of oil-state lawmakers pressed EPA to grant Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver requests from a slew of state governors and several Hollywood celebrities have invested in a plant-based seafood company.

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WTO moves forward with expedited process for picking new leader

Nominations for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General will open June 8 as the trade body moves forward with an expedited process of selecting a new leader to replace current WTO chief Roberto Azevêdo who is stepping down one year early on August 31.

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USDA unveils $1 billion in COVID-19 loan guarantees for producers, rural businesses

Up to $1 billion is being made available by USDA to guarantee loans to rural businesses and to ag producers that are ineligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans, using funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

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CBD class action targets heavy metal contamination

A Missouri-based CBD company has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging the company falsely claims its products are free of heavy metals.

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Day ahead – April 29, 2020: Rep. Peterson on CCC borrowing, meat plant order, food shortage fears

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said he supports boosting Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) borrowing authority but urged that more limits be placed on use of the funds. Meanwhile, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) praised President Donald Trump’s executive order intended to keep meat plants open during the COVID-19 pandemic and a new survey by the Consumer Brands Association (CBA) showed consumer fears about food shortages have dropped since last month.

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Day ahead – April 20, 2020: Critical infrastructure guidance, US-Brazil trade, state hemp production plans

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated its guidance on identifying critical infrastructure during COVID-19. Meanwhile, high-level US and Brazilian trade officials agreed to accelerate bilateral trade efforts and USDA approved hemp production plans for Florida and Kansas.

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Senators press USDA’s Perdue on hemp regulations, another MFP effort

Questions about a possible third Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), hemp production regulations – including the possibility of an extension for states operating under 2014 Farm Bill pilot program rules – and the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak all surfaced during a Senate Appropriations Ag Subcommittee hearing today (March 12) with 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 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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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

EU United States

NMPF’s Bleiberg optimistic Congress will clear more COVID-19 aid for ag

Additional aid for the ag sector is expected to be part of Congress’s next COVID-19 aid package, with activity likely to ramp up when the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess in June, National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Vice President for Government Relations Paul Bleiberg said Thursday (May 21).

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Day ahead – May 21, 2020: State food supply chain aid, Iowa meat plant agreement, California property tax initiative

Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide $1 billion in funding to support state food supply chain efforts. Meanwhile, Iowa reached a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with USDA for state-inspected meat plants and Western Growers voiced its opposition to a California property tax ballot initiative.

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Rural Development

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Biden talks agriculture, hits COVID-19 response during Wisconsin roundtable

More federal leadership on COVID-19 food supply chain issues and relief programs to support farmers and small businesses were among the actions called for by Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden (Del.) in a virtual roundtable today (May 20) hosted by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). 

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USDA unveils $100 million in funding for biofuel infrastructure grants

USDA’s announcement of up to $100 million in funding for competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) drew praise from biofuel interests, but it also prompted another appeal for USDA to provide COVID-19 aid for the sector.

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USDA’s Perdue talks China & ethanol, COVID aid and US meat processing situation

Getting China to buy more US ethanol, ensuring US consumers have access to meat and other foods, along with addressing the COVID-19 impact on the US livestock and meat processing sector are key topics USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue addressed in a session held by the Intercontinental Exchange today (April 30).

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Animal Health & Welfare

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Researchers develop new vaccine that protects 100% of pigs against ASF

The UK’s Pirbright Institute has moved a step closer to developing a viable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF).

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DOJ okays COVID-driven NPPC hog euthanasia plan due to slaughter slowdowns

A National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) plan to coordinate the euthanization and disposal hogs unable to be processed due to COVID-19 meatpacking plant shutdowns was approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday (May 15).

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: Aid call for animal “depopulation”, remote audits may continue post-COVID, Europe prepares re-opening

The White House Administration was being lobbied last week to provide aid to livestock producers to dispose of – or “depopulate” - healthy animals who are not being otherwise slaughtered because meat plants have been closed by the COVID pandemic.

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: Aid call for animal “depopulation”, remote audits may continue post-COVID, Europe prepares re-opening

The White House Administration was being lobbied last week to provide aid to livestock producers to dispose of – or “depopulate” - healthy animals who are not being otherwise slaughtered because meat plants have been closed by the COVID pandemic.

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Global hunger report, predating COVID pandemic, says food insecurity worsening

An international alliance of UN, governmental, and non-governmental agencies today released the annual “Global Report on Food Crises” which finds food insecurity in the world worsening. The data and analysis in the report predates the COVID pandemic, which has added extra pressure to food insecure countries.

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: US talks food vouchers, EU slams export restrictions, Europe’s eco-food strategy faces delay

Policy moves in Europe and the US last week sort largely to ameliorate the effects of the continuing COVID-19 epidemic on food supplies and the wider economy. At the beginning of last week, the organization Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the US, called on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a food voucher scheme.

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