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EPA waiver moves leave biofuel proponents dismayed

EPA's announcement that it granted 31 small refiner exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the 2018 compliance year has biofuel supporters fuming and again questioning President Donald Trump's stated commitment to defend current US biofuel policy.

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Biofuel supporters press Trump on biofuel policy commitments

Pressure continues on President Donald Trump to "uphold" his commitments on biofuel policy in a joint August 7 op-ed by National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Lynn Chrisp and American Soybean Association (ASA) President Davie Stephens, while the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) cited new data detailing the impact of year-round E15 sales and small refinery exemptions (SREs).

US Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Senate committee advances bill to bolster point of entry oversight for food and ag products

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday (July 24) unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to help the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tighten controls over food and agricultural products passing through U.S. borders.
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COFCO to buy more Brazilian soybeans annually for next five years

Johnny Chi, the international chairman of China’s state-owned food processing holding company COFCO, expects the business will buy 5% more soybeans from Brazil each year for the next five years.

Agribusiness Trade Disputes

Lawmakers told broadband key for agriculture, rural communities

Rural broadband access is an increasingly important factor for agriculture and the economic health of rural communities, witnesses representing a broad section of rural America told a House Ag panel July 11.

US Agricultural Policy Technology

Soy groups tout analysis showing benefits of dredging lower Mississippi River

Modest investment to dredge the lower Mississippi River would have positive impacts for soy and grain farmers in the Midwest, the Soybean Transportation Coalition (STC) and United Soybean Board (USB) said, citing analysis by Informa Agribusiness Consulting.

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EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

US farm lobby defends agricultural practices in discussion about UK trade deal

The head of the American Farm Bureau Federation has defended controversial agricultural practices in the US amid concerns that the UK might have to adopt them to secure a trade deal post-Brexit.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Enviros restart legal bid to upend Monsanto's dicamba herbicide

Environmentalists have again called on a federal appeals court to vacate EPA's approval of Monsanto's dicamba herbicide, arguing the agency failed to account for the harm from drift of the potent pesticide and ignored its potential impact on endangered species.

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