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Trade Agreements

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Day ahead – May 18, 2018: China drops probe into US sorghum shipments, immigration surfaces in House farm bill debate

China ended an antidumping and antisubsidy investigation into US sorghum, dialing back trade tensions as high-level officials continue trade talks. Meanwhile, immigration policy continues to be part of the House farm bill debate, with some Republicans demanding a vote on the Goodlatte immigration reform plan in exchange for their yes vote on the farm bill.
US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

US, China talks in focus as week winds down

US and Chinese officials will meet starting today (May 17) for a second round of trade talks, with this round in Washington. But the session is occurring with an interesting backdrop of drama on the US side.

US Agricultural Policy China

Day ahead – May 17, 2018: House decides on farm bill amendments, US-China talks continue, WOTUS timeline shifts again

The House cleared just a few amendments to the farm bill, a win for Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, US-China trade discussions continue and the timeline for replacing for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule has shifted again.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Day ahead – May 16, 2018: House to debate farm bill, Pruitt faces lawmakers, NAFTA deal may miss deadline

The House is slated to begin debate on its version of the Farm Bill today (May 16), while in the Senate, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt is will to face questions from lawmakers over recent ethics issues and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In addition, there are signs a deal on updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will miss a May 17 legislative deadline suggested by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Trump signals deal with China over ZTE sanctions, ag trade could be near

In a surprise turn, President Donald Trump signaled early this week that he is close to forging a deal with China to spare Chinese telecom ZTE from US sanctions, in exchange for other trade concessions – including possible commitments to import more US ag goods.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

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Trade Disputes

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Day ahead – May 18, 2018: China drops probe into US sorghum shipments, immigration surfaces in House farm bill debate

China ended an antidumping and antisubsidy investigation into US sorghum, dialing back trade tensions as high-level officials continue trade talks. Meanwhile, immigration policy continues to be part of the House farm bill debate, with some Republicans demanding a vote on the Goodlatte immigration reform plan in exchange for their yes vote on the farm bill.
US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

US, China talks in focus as week winds down

US and Chinese officials will meet starting today (May 17) for a second round of trade talks, with this round in Washington. But the session is occurring with an interesting backdrop of drama on the US side.

US Agricultural Policy China

Day ahead – May 17, 2018: House decides on farm bill amendments, US-China talks continue, WOTUS timeline shifts again

The House cleared just a few amendments to the farm bill, a win for Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, US-China trade discussions continue and the timeline for replacing for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule has shifted again.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Trump signals deal with China over ZTE sanctions, ag trade could be near

In a surprise turn, President Donald Trump signaled early this week that he is close to forging a deal with China to spare Chinese telecom ZTE from US sanctions, in exchange for other trade concessions – including possible commitments to import more US ag goods.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – May 15, 2018: US, China nearing deal on trade issues, Trump pushes for quick NAFTA wrap up

The US and China are reportedly nearing a deal to resolve trade issues, including a US ban on imports of products from Chinese telecom ZTE. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is pushing Canada for a quick wrap up of talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) will hold a hearing on proposed tariffs on Chinese goods.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

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Ireland set to commence beef sales to China after plants get Beijing approval

Ireland will soon be able to send its first beef shipments to China as the first tranche of production facilities are approved by Beijing, the Irish Agriculture Ministry has indicated.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

WHO releases guidelines on eliminating trans fats from food supply

The UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) has released guidelines on how to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.

International WHO

EU to implement Brazilian poultry ban

An EU-wide ban on importing poultry products from some of the biggest suppliers in Brazil will come into force later this week.

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Geographical Indications

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Committee warns UK not to 'rush in' to trade talks with US

The House of Commons International Trade Committee has concluded the UK government should not enter into trade negotiations with the US without first establishing a “clear, comprehensive and evidence-based trade strategy.”

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

UN report hails benefits of protected status for foods

A new study published by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has found that food products linked to their place of origin promote sustainable development and can be worth 20% to 50% more in economic value.

International Europe

EU-Mexico deal ‘gives away’ cheese names, hurts Mexico, U.S. dairy says

The EU-Mexico trade deal that appears to enact new restrictions on the use of common cheese names is ringing alarm bells for U.S. dairy producers.

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Labelling

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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

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.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

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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