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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

Farm Policy & Programs Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Approval of initial US-Japan trade agreement draws more plaudits

US ag producers, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) applauded approval of an initial US-Japan trade agreement by Japan’s legislature on Dec. 4.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Dairy groups urge negotiators to move quickly on Phase Two US-Japan trade deal

Japan’s passage of an initial US-Japan trade agreement will bring major benefits to the US dairy industry, with more progress on market access and limits for geographical indications (GIs) eyed for a Phase Two agreement, two US dairy groups said today (Dec. 4).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Still no deal as WTO meets ahead of Appellate Body shutdown

There is still not path forward relative to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) with the looming shutdown of the Appellate Body, a keystone in WTO’s dispute settlement process.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy
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Trade Disputes

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USDA rolling on with revamp of biotech crop rule

USDA officials are bullish on the latest proposal to overhaul the department’s regulatory framework for biotech crops, voicing confidence the time is finally ripe for change.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

France and EU vow to retaliate against US tariffs on champagne and cheese

The European Commission has said the EU will “act as one” if the US follows up on its threat to impose new tariffs on French agri-food products.

EU United States

Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Day ahead – Dec. 4, 2019: SNAP rule, Tuna price-fixing, Meat sector acquisition

USDA Secretary Perdue is set to unveil a rule tightening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements. Meanwhile, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted of conspiring to fix tuna prices and the US Cattlemen’s Association is seeking an investigation into Marfrig Global Foods bid to boost its stake in the National Beef Packing Company.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Still no deal as WTO meets ahead of Appellate Body shutdown

There is still not path forward relative to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) with the looming shutdown of the Appellate Body, a keystone in WTO’s dispute settlement process.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

U.S. threatens France with 100% tariff on Champagne

The United State Trade Representative (USTR) is considering imposing additional tariffs of up to 100% on a variety of imported products from France, including Champagne and specialty cheeses, in response to the EU member state’s Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Market Support
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Traceability and Supply Chain

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Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Cargill adopts 2030 supply chain greenhouse gas reduction targets

A new goal of reducing company supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% per ton of product by 2030 compared to 2017 levels, was announced by Cargill as part of its efforts to combat climate change Tuesday (Dec. 3).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Canada cancels meatpacker licences following food safety scare

Authorities in Canada have cancelled the licences of three meat producers caught up in an E.coli scare earlier this year.

Food Safety and Standards Food Policy
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Geographical Indications

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Dairy groups urge negotiators to move quickly on Phase Two US-Japan trade deal

Japan’s passage of an initial US-Japan trade agreement will bring major benefits to the US dairy industry, with more progress on market access and limits for geographical indications (GIs) eyed for a Phase Two agreement, two US dairy groups said today (Dec. 4).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

U.S. threatens France with 100% tariff on Champagne

The United State Trade Representative (USTR) is considering imposing additional tariffs of up to 100% on a variety of imported products from France, including Champagne and specialty cheeses, in response to the EU member state’s Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Market Support

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP
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Labelling

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FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Trade MEPs agree to more US beef imports amid WTO dispute

Trade MEPs agreed to allow more US hormone-free beef into the EU market while also calling for an end to Trump’s bureaucratic blockade of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement system.

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