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Biotechnology

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USDA looks ready to approve GE citrus virus to help Florida growers

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) that supports allowing Florida citrus growers to use a genetically engineered virus to combat citrus greening disease (Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus).

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Agchem company consolidation ‘reaching limits’

The current trend towards consolidation in the traditional agrichemicals and seeds sectors cannot progress much further, according to Matt Bray, M&A Project Leader at Syngenta.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

USDA unveils much-anticipated GMO disclosure plan

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on Thursday (May 3) released a proposed GMO disclosure rule that includes lists of foods covered by the requirements and how manufacturers can comply with the regulations.

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Crop Inputs

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Rat study suggests glyphosate can cause harm at ‘safe’ levels

A new study suggests glyphosate, the world's most widely-used herbicide, can have adverse health effects at levels considered safe by EPA. The research finds glyphosate can disrupt sexual development, genes and beneficial gut bacteria and may add to growing controversy about the safety of the popular pesticide.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

EPA extends comment period for controversial species assessment

US Agricultural Policy Crop Inputs

Judge rejects Monsanto request to trim dicamba suit

A federal judge will let a jury decide if Monsanto is liable for damage caused in 2015 and 2016 to peach groves in Missouri from dicamba drift.

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Organics

Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Spending bill for USDA/FDA approved by House appropriations subcommittee

The FY 2019 FDA/USDA spending bill sailed through a brief markup by the House Appropriations Agriculture subcommittee on Wednesday (May 9), but not before lawmakers remarked on funding for FDA, organics and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

IEG Policy’s Top 10 for April: Alcohol labelling, GMA forecasts, Farm Bill progress and CAP leaks

It was another eventful month in both Washington and Brussels last month, with significant developments in food and drink labelling, farming policy, and legislation related to the organic sector.

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Precision Agriculture

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Environmental issues threaten growth in world food production

At current rates, the amount of food produced globally will only feed approximately half the world population by the middle of this century. But can agricultural systems rise to the challenge and boost output to the necessary levels?

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

IEG Policy's March Top 10: China food tariffs, Farm Bill fracas, one year to Brexit

March saw China retaliate against US metal tariffs by targeting US agri-food products, the passage of the Farm Bill suffer a setback in the House Ag committee, and also marked the final year of the UK’s membership of the EU.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Is direct subsidy really the best support for Young Farmers?

In the community of agricultural policy makers, assistance to young farmers is considered not only an innocent and highly desirable type of farm support but an absolute must. It has been a firm element of the CAP for a number of years and national agricultural policies of EU member states contain all sorts of measures to assist the establishment of young farmers.

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