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Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

United Kingdom EU

NFU urges more transparency, consultation with Congress for MFP 3

USDA should implement “meaningful changes” that boost transparency and it should further involve Congress if there is a third round of ag trade aid via the Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged in a Feb. 21 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

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.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

EU food safety, animal-plant health regulations under scrutiny at the WTO

The European Union’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures were among the issues that raised the most concerns in last week’s two-day World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting to review the EU’s trade policy, officials in Geneva said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Doud, McKinney talk up new trade deals, optimistic on upcoming negotiations

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. Confidence that the Phase One US-China trade agreement, initial US-Japan deal and US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will deliver on their promise of boosting US ag exports was voiced by US Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Ag groups launch sustainability coalition amid increasing focus on climate change

With growing attention on climate change and potential policy responses, a coalition of 21 US ag groups has launched Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), an initiative aimed at gathering and sharing information on US ag sector environmental efforts with lawmakers, the public and key stakeholders.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US Washington week: House, Senate out; USDA Outlook Forum, China trade in focus

The House and Senate are both out for the President’s Day holiday break.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

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).

EU United States

Day ahead – Feb. 14, 2020: Lighthizer India visit potentially scrapped, energy nominations

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer may not travel to India for trade discussions as had been expected ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, ag interests are following two key energy-related nominations and Karin Moore joined the firm HP&M to advise on food policy issues.

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