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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

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

UK to seek three-month delay to Brexit

The United Kingdom is to ask the EU to delay its exit from the Union until at least June 30 – or significantly longer if a Withdrawal Agreement is not finally approved by the UK Parliament by the middle of next week.

Brexit Political

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

EU agrees to join international agreement on GIs

Lawmakers have cleared the way for the EU to join a multilateral treaty that allows a more rapid and straightforward protection of Geographical Indications in third countries.

Geographical Indications European Food Law

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.

US Agricultural Policy EPA

UK commits to delaying EU exit, but still no sign of UK-EU deal

The UK is to seek a delay in its date of exit from the EU, following a vote in the House of Commons this evening to rule out the option of leaving the EU without a deal.

Brexit Political

Lighthizer: Still working on Section 232 tariffs; US-EU talks stuck over ag

Finding a solution that gives Canada and Mexico relief from Section 232 metals tariffs remains a priority,  US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Committee March 12, while the US and European Union (EU) remain at a "stalemate" over including agriculture in upcoming trade talks.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy
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