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Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

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US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Export competition and more discussed at WTO ag session

Ideas and background information were exchanged in a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture that focused on export competition, export restrictions and market access.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Groups press court to rule on challenge of dicamba registration

Environmentalists have hit back at Bayer-owned Monsanto's bid to dismiss a lawsuit challenging EPA's approval of its dicamba herbicide, contesting the company's suggestion that the agency's renewed registration makes the original complaint moot.

US Agricultural Policy Crop Inputs

Farm Bureau details priorities for Congress in lame duck session

Policy priorities for the lame duck session of Congress cover more than just the farm bill, according to the head of the largest US farmer organization.

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Cannabis industry eyes farm bill, hemp legalizing provisions

As work continues in Congress' lame duck session to pass a new five-year farm bill, the cannabis industry is watching progress closely to see whether hemp legalizing provisions make it into the final legislation.

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Farm Bill

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US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Farm Bureau details priorities for Congress in lame duck session

Policy priorities for the lame duck session of Congress cover more than just the farm bill, according to the head of the largest US farmer organization.

US Agricultural Policy Political

Cannabis industry eyes farm bill, hemp legalizing provisions

As work continues in Congress' lame duck session to pass a new five-year farm bill, the cannabis industry is watching progress closely to see whether hemp legalizing provisions make it into the final legislation.

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Crop Insurance

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Farm Bureau details priorities for Congress in lame duck session

Policy priorities for the lame duck session of Congress cover more than just the farm bill, according to the head of the largest US farmer organization.

US Agricultural Policy Political

US elections: Democrats take House, governorships; GOP retains Senate

Democrats made good on expectations to retake control of the US House of Representatives in the US midterm elections and recaptured governorships in several states, but Republicans padded their majority in the US Senate with some races still pending outcomes that may not be known for a few weeks.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – October 30, 2018: Farm bill negotiations, Trump discusses China trade issue, Perdue confirms second round of trade aid payments

Reports suggest progress has been made with regard to safety net program changes in ongoing farm bill conference committee negotiations.  Meanwhile, President Donald Trump discussed the trade situation with China and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue confirmed a second round of trade aid payments for farmers is coming.
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Market Support

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Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Export competition and more discussed at WTO ag session

Ideas and background information were exchanged in a meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture that focused on export competition, export restrictions and market access.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

US contends India exceeding its WTO commitments on cotton subsidies

The US is again contesting actions by India at the World Trade Organization (WTO), this time focusing on the key crop of cotton.

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Rural Development

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USDA announces $1.6 billion in rural electric infrastructure investments

Some $1.6 billion in rural electric infrastructure investments were announced by USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett November 8.

US Agricultural Policy Rural Development

IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Will trade goals restrict Bolsonaro’s plans to loosen environmental protections?

Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has been lauded by agribusiness and lambasted by environmentalists, but what impact is he likely to have on the country’s farming sector and lucrative agri-food exports?

Environment and Conservation Agribusiness
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Animal Health & Welfare

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Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes

USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Chinese pigmeat production in danger as ASF crisis deepens

China’s ongoing battle against African Swine Fever (ASF) took a serious turn for the worse this week as the disease reached Sichuan province – the country’s top pig producing region - and was then detected for the first time in wild boar.

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Farm Incomes

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Grain industry has high hopes for US-China trade deal

The impact of US-China trade tensions were felt in most discussions at Global Grain Geneva this week, and participants saw some signs of a potential warming of relations between the feuding nations.

Trade Disputes Markets

Brazil appoints new agriculture minister

Tereza Cristina da Costa Dias has been appointed as the new agriculture minister in Brazil, the country’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has announced.

Farm Policy & Programs Agribusiness

IEG Policy’s October Top 10: FDA agenda, growth of blockchain and CAP strategic plans

The US Food and Drug Administration outlined its priority list for the coming months in October, while applications of blockchain technology in the agriculture and food supply chain are forecast to grow considerably, and EU officials and academics debated the new CAP’s strategic plans.

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