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Biotechnology

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State officials and ag interests press USDA to act on GE crop rule

State agriculture officials, the American Farm Bureau Federation and groups representing growers of corn, soybeans, and other commodity crops are backing USDA’s latest proposal to revamp its oversight of biotech plants and hoping a final rule will be issued before the summer.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US-EU cooperation key to addressing trade challenges: EU Trade Commissioner

Bridging the gap between the US and European Union (EU) on global trade issues is key to promoting shared values on free and fair trade, but more work is needed on that front, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said at an event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 16).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Ag interests laud Phase One US-China deal, look towards Phase Two talks

Ag interests welcomed the signing of the Phase One US-China trade agreement today (Jan. 15) at the White House but emphasized Chinese follow-through will be a key factor and said more progress on tariff and non-tariff barriers on Phase Two negotiations is needed to restore their competitive position in the Chinese market.

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Crop Inputs

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Luxembourg to ban glyphosate, Italy cracks down on Mafia, Mexico-US trade deal approved

A major operation against the Sicilian mafia over alleged fraud with EU funds intended for farmers was carried out last week by the Italian authorities.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Food & Ag Policy: US and France at loggerheads, hemp concerns raised, rewilding touted

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said last week and French and US authorities would try to work out a compromise on a contested digital tax to avert more tariffs on agri-food products.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

House panel considers ways to bolster ag tech adoption

Emerging agricultural technologies can help farmers boost profitability, advance food quality and combat climate change, but widespread adoption is unlikely without government incentives, increased access to capital and improved rural broadband services, experts told a House panel Thursday (Jan. 10).

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Organics

FSIS revises non-GMO labeling claim guidance

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has made changes to a 2016 labeling guidance that clarifies the use of "bioengineered" for companies showing no GE ingredients were used in meat, poultry, and egg products.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New front opens in US-EU trade war, biotech rule revamp, UK election

Champagne and cheeses from France could be hit with a U.S. import tariff of up to 100% unless the EU member state rolls back on its new Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Brexit

House lawmakers want quick action on organic origin of livestock rule

A bipartisan coalition of five House members is urging the Trump administration to quickly finalize the USDA’s origin of organic livestock rule, calling the regulation “critical for thousands of organic dairy farmers across the country.”

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Precision Agriculture

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House panel considers ways to bolster ag tech adoption

Emerging agricultural technologies can help farmers boost profitability, advance food quality and combat climate change, but widespread adoption is unlikely without government incentives, increased access to capital and improved rural broadband services, experts told a House panel Thursday (Jan. 10).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: EU agriculture “race to the bottom”, France bans insecticides, US defines “bioengineering”

The European Commission’s proposals on the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were strongly criticised last week for being too weak on tackling climate and sustainability issues.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

5G could help farming and food sectors to tackle key challenges – event

The next generation of mobile broadband could help farmers improve their agricultural practices and enhance transparency across the food supply chain, participants at an event heard.

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