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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.
Work toward an eventual US-European Union (EU) trade deal continued during a November 14 meeting between US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
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.
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.
More than 240 anti-pesticide groups are opposing the Trump administration's pick to serve as USDA's chief scientist, arguing the nominee's links to agribusiness and pesticide companies present "serious conflicts of interest" that should not be ignored.
Day ahead – November 14, 2018: Pence on US-China trade issues, US-EU trade meeting, October US budget deficit
Vice President Mike Pence commented on the US-China trade war. Meanwhile, US and European Union (EU) trade officials meet today ahead of formal negotiations set for next year and the October US budget deficit topped $100 billion.
More pressure on ag appropriators regarding USDA's plan to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) was brought to bear in a letter from a coalition of 60 food, ag and other groups.
Competition to fill the EU’s high quality beef (HQB) quota remains as intense as ever, with the latest quarterly allocations exhausted in little over three weeks.
Day ahead – November 13, 2018: US-China trade talks, Arizona Senate race, South Korea ASF quarantine actions
US-China trade policy talks have resumed with Chinese officials set to visit Washington shortly. Meanwhile, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's hard fought Senate race and South Korea stepped up actions intended to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from entering the nation.
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