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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Grassley continues to lay out trade, tax agenda

More thoughts on upcoming trade talks, the partial government shutdown and tax policy were shared this week by new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Sen. Grassley indicates USTR saw little progress on key China issues in talks

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer did not see any progress made on structural issues during trade talks with China last week in Beijing, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday after meeting with Lighthizer January 11.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

USTR explains stance on exclusion process for China tariffs

An exclusion process for tariffs imposed on $200 billion in Chinese goods will be initiated if talks between the US and China fail to resolve their ongoing trade dispute and the US moves forward with plans to increase those tariffs from 10 to 25 percent, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said.

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Trump focuses on familiar themes in speech to Farm Bureau convention

Administration moves on trade, tax reform and regulation were touted by President Donald Trump, who also spent considerable time addressing the topic of border security in speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans Monday (January 14).

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Trade Disputes

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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

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Grassley continues to lay out trade, tax agenda

More thoughts on upcoming trade talks, the partial government shutdown and tax policy were shared this week by new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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USDA announces temporary reopening of some FSA offices

Some Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily to "perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers," amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, USDA announced.

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Sen. Grassley indicates USTR saw little progress on key China issues in talks

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer did not see any progress made on structural issues during trade talks with China last week in Beijing, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday after meeting with Lighthizer January 11.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

USTR explains stance on exclusion process for China tariffs

An exclusion process for tariffs imposed on $200 billion in Chinese goods will be initiated if talks between the US and China fail to resolve their ongoing trade dispute and the US moves forward with plans to increase those tariffs from 10 to 25 percent, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

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Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

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Geographical Indications

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US eyes agriculture, food safety in objectives for EU trade talks

Agriculture and food safety are among the topics the US wants included in free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), despite the EU's reluctance, according to negotiating objectives released late last week by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

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US food and ag groups say US-EU trade talks must tackle ag issues

Leading U.S. food and farm groups are warning the Trump administration not to exclude agriculture from a new U.S/EU trade deal.
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USTR hears from food, ag groups with wish list for US-EU trade deal

Food and ag groups are calling on the Trump administration to push a U.S.-EU trade deal that fixes a range of EU policies, such as reversing Geographical Indications (GIs) for cheeses, biotechnology restrictions and meat standards, to open up the bloc to more U.S. foods.

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Labelling

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USDA petitioned to ban hydroponics from using the organic seal

USDA’s decision to allow hydroponic produce to use the organic label has been a disappointing one for some farmers, and now the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has petitioned the agency to stop “soil-less” producers from using the organic seal.

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US, Turkey spar over metals tariffs, retaliation at WTO DSB

US and Turkish representatives sparred over retaliatory tariffs Turkey imposed after the US levied Section 232 duties on steel and aluminum during the January 11 meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).

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Pingree vows to fight for stronger GMO disclosure rule

A leading House Democrat has hit back at USDA's GMO disclosure rule, vowing to try and force the department to revise the regulations.

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