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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

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.
EU European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – September 21, 2018: No agreement yet after US-Canada NAFTA talks, Cargill beef recall, Rep. Issa tapped for trade post

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Canada to be at a scheduled event on Friday (today) without reaching a final agreement in the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. Meanwhile, Cargill recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products over possible E.Coli contamination and the White House is set to name retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to head the US Trade and Development Agency.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

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.

Markets Trade Agreements

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.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

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.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

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

Day ahead – September 18, 2018: Hurricane Florence disaster aid, limited farm bill progress, US-Canada NAFTA talks

Congress is prepared to provide new resources to help US states recover from Hurricane Florence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. Meanwhile, farm bill talks have made limited progress and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she will come back to Washington this week to continue NAFTA talks.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Farm Bureau gets behind House Republican effort to make several tax cuts permanent

Support for a House Republican-backed bill, which would make several changes included in last year's tax reform package permanent, was voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation late last week.

US Agricultural Policy Tax Reform
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