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Biotechnology

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USDA resisting calls to extend deadlines for GMO disclosure rule

USDA is in no rush to grant requests to delay the compliance dates for its GMO disclosure rule, an official with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) told attendees of a Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) conference on Thursday (March 26).

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Day ahead – March 16, 2020: Milk supply, gene editing survey, food allergy legislation

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) discussed the US milk supply relative to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, a survey gauged consumer attitudes towards gene edited foods and legislation to boost food allergy research was introduced in both chambers of Congress.

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Pork producers press Congress to shift ag biotech oversight to USDA

US pork producers continue to urge the Trump administration and Congress to give USDA oversight of biotech food animals, warning that FDA’s current regulatory regime is onerous and putting US farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

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Crop Inputs

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Agribusiness COVID-19 Podcast: March 31

Stay abreast of the latest developments in the global agriculture and food markets influenced by Covid-19 by listening to our daily IHS Markit Agribusiness podcast.

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California refutes EPA's support for Bayer's appeal of glyphosate cancer verdict

California’s top legal official has weighed in on Bayer’s appeal of a federal jury’s $80 million award to a cancer victim, contesting the argument that the plaintiff’s claims are preempted by federal pesticide law.

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Dicamba ruling could prompt additional litigation

A federal jury’s decision to award a Missouri peach farmer $265 million in damages for harm to his peach trees from dicamba may prompt a rush to the courthouse by other farmers who allege their crops were harmed by the potent herbicide. 

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Organics

Court gives USDA 180 days to fix economic modeling for abandoned organic livestock rule

A federal judge placed USDA on a 180-day deadline last week to fix the cost/benefit analysis on its Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule, calling USDA’s actions the “administrative process at its never-ending worst” after a 10-year process ended in the withdrawal of the rule.

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USDA hit with lawsuit over organic certification of hydroponics

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) have gone to court to challenge USDA’s decision to deny a petition calling for the agency to stop hydroponic operations from making organic claims.

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DFA offer to buy most Dean Foods assets for $425 million still faces hurdles

An offer to acquire $425 million in assets from Dean Foods, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, was announced by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Monday (Feb. 17), as the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues an antitrust probe of the potential deal which also requires approval from bankruptcy court.

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Precision Agriculture

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USDA unveils five-year science blueprint

Publication of USDA’s new Science Blueprint, which lays out the department’s “vision for and continued commitment to scientific research” over the next five years, was announced this week by USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE) Scott Hutchins.

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Download the IEG Policy Food and Agriculture Outlook 2020 special report

A long-simmering conflict between the EU and the US over an aircraft subsidy caused upset throughout 2019 for Europe’s food and agriculture industry when the US imposed retaliatory tariffs as part of the dispute, which is likely to carry on throughout 2020. It is one of a number of topics covered in our Outlook Report 2020 published today.

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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).

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