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Trade Policy

Trade Agreements

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

More information sought on US farmer aid plan at upcoming WTO ag meeting

Several countries indicated they will seek more information from the US on the $12 billion farmer aid plan deployed by the Trump administration during this week's meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Agriculture.

US Agricultural Policy Market Support

Brazil boosts inspection to avoid African Swine Fever

Brazil is to step up inspection at borders to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has been rapidly spreading in Europe, Asia and Africa.
EU European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – September 21, 2018: No agreement yet after US-Canada NAFTA talks, Cargill beef recall, Rep. Issa tapped for trade post

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Canada to be at a scheduled event on Friday (today) without reaching a final agreement in the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. Meanwhile, Cargill recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products over possible E.Coli contamination and the White House is set to name retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to head the US Trade and Development Agency.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

EU countries to back beef quota plan to please Washington

EU member states have broadly supported a proposal to renegotiate the bloc’s hormone-free beef quota so that a portion is reserved exclusively for US suppliers.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

European Commission reports new 133% increase in soybean imports from US

The European Commission has published the latest figures on EU soybean imports from the United States, showing that the country has surpassed Brazil to become the bloc’s main supplier of the commodity.

Markets Trade Agreements
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Trade Disputes

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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Brazil boosts inspection to avoid African Swine Fever

Brazil is to step up inspection at borders to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has been rapidly spreading in Europe, Asia and Africa.
EU European Agricultural Policy

Day ahead – September 21, 2018: No agreement yet after US-Canada NAFTA talks, Cargill beef recall, Rep. Issa tapped for trade post

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Canada to be at a scheduled event on Friday (today) without reaching a final agreement in the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations. Meanwhile, Cargill recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef products over possible E.Coli contamination and the White House is set to name retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to head the US Trade and Development Agency.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

EU countries to back beef quota plan to please Washington

EU member states have broadly supported a proposal to renegotiate the bloc’s hormone-free beef quota so that a portion is reserved exclusively for US suppliers.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Podcast: African Swine Fever in Belgium - markets impacts and animal health

The detection of African Swine Fever in Belgium has put western Europe on high alert for further outbreaks – what could it mean for the EU pig meat sector?

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards
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Traceability and Supply Chain

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Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

Brazil boosts inspection to avoid African Swine Fever

Brazil is to step up inspection at borders to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has been rapidly spreading in Europe, Asia and Africa.
EU European Agricultural Policy

The impact of limiting cadmium levels in European fertilizers – a constructive approach

In recent years, the words ‘phosphate’ and ‘cadmium’ have jointly come under the spotlight even in non-specialised press articles. On more than one occasion they have depicted scary, almost ‘doomsday’ scenarios that may come as a consequence of regulatory changes put forward by the European Commission.

Crop Inputs Environment and Conservation
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Geographical Indications

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Commission may take action against Canada’s import restrictions on EU wines

The Commission is considering taking action against restrictions on EU wine exports to Canada, which are incompatible with the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

EU Canada

EU and US disagree on whether agriculture is part of trade talks

While US officials believe that agriculture will play an important role in the upcoming bilateral trade discussions, the European Commission denies that anything more than soybeans will be on the table.

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Labelling

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Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

Organic stakeholders discuss trends, challenges at industry forum

While consumers for organic foods are diversifying and sales of organic foods continue to rise, growth of the organic food market appears to be leveling off to a more stable pace in recent years, posing new questions and potential challenges for organic producers.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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