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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Democrats warn that relocation has undermined USDA research agencies

House Democrats on Thursday (Oct. 17) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, citing statistics that find the relocation has left two research agencies far short of staff and unable to finalize key reports or fund research grants.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – Oct. 17, 2019: Disaster aid, NASS resurvey, Western Growers leadership

Disaster aid payments should begin flowing to farmers this week, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said it will have to resurvey corn and soybean harvested acreage in North Dakota and Minnesota due to recent snow and Western Growers announced Executive Vice President Dave Puglia has been tapped as the group’s next leader.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Biofuel backers, refiners offer harsh criticism of EPA biofuel plan

Disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan unveiled Tuesday to account for the impact of small refinery exemptions (SREs) on biofuel usage was voiced by biofuel proponents and at least one group representing the oil and refining industry.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

EU to take Colombian French fry tariff case to WTO

The EU will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) at Colombia’s decision to impose anti-dumping import duties on European frozen French fries.

Trade Disputes Political

EPA releases more detail on plan to make sure required biofuel volumes are met

EPA today unveiled details of the proposal aimed at boosting US biofuel usage to make sure that the statutory level for biofuels is met, including the statutory level for conventional – primarily corn based – ethanol. The plan was released as a supplement to the proposed 2020 biofuel and 2021 biodiesel Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that the agency announced this summer.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

ASF poses “serious risk” to European pigmeat market, Hogan warns

Any further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) within the EU could have a “severe impact” on domestic pigmeat producers, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has warned.

EU Asia Pacific

US, China reach ‘phase one’ agreement, including increased ag buys

The US and China Friday announced what President Donald Trump termed “phase one” of an agreement between the two sides, with key provisions covering intellectual property, financial services and agriculture. The plan will still need to be “papered,” Trump said at a the White House, a process that could take three, four or five weeks.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

US stockpiles Parmesan cheese against tariff increase

US imports of Italian Parmesan cheese have tripled in the last week on the eve of the introduction of duties, according to data released by Italian growers’ organisation Coldiretti.
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