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Biotechnology

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APHIS abandons GE rule overhaul

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Monday announced it has withdrawn a proposal to overhaul its GMO regulations. The move once again reboots the agency's effort to modernize its regulatory regime for biotechnology – a process that has remained relatively unchanged since it was established in 1987. 

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Monsanto sues Arkansas Plant Board over dicamba rejection

Monsanto Co. launched a lawsuit late last week against the Arkansas Plant Board for banning one of the company's new herbicides in the state.
US Agricultural Policy Agribusiness

Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

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Crop Inputs

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EU Commission to present new draft rules on pesticide approvals

Upon reauthorising glyphosate for the next five years, the European Commission has also adopted a communication committing it to put forward legislation in the spring to increase transparency, quality and independence of the approval of substances. 
European Agricultural Policy Europe

House Republicans threaten to pull IARC funding over glyphosate review

House Republicans are threatening to withdraw funding for the World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer research agency if officials fail to respond to their queries about the group's determination that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. 

US Food Policy Crop Inputs

Socialist and Green MEPs ready to challenge glyphosate renewal in court

Thee parliamentary groups have called the full house or any member state which voted against the reauthorisation of glyphosate to initiate legal action against the Commission implementing regulation which will renew the EU licence for five more years.
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Organics

USDA to withdraw organic livestock, poultry rule

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule that would add new animal welfare restrictions under USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) will be withdrawn, according to a notice from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) scheduled for publication in the Federal Register next week.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

US Food Policy Political

OTA vows to see USDA in court this month after latest ‘walk back’ of organic rule

After USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on Thursday (Nov. 9) again delayed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule – this time until May 14, 2018 – the agency has until mid-November to answer to a lawsuit filed in September by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) over its repeated delays in implementing the rule.

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Precision Agriculture

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Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

ERS: Precision Agriculture Technologies on Soybean Farms

ERS: Precision Agriculture Technologies on Soybean Farms

US Agricultural Policy Technology

USDA Radio Newsline: October 20, 2016

USDA Radio Newsline: October 20, 2016

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