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Transportation

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EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler to be Acting EPA Chief

The exit of Scott Pruitt as administrator of EPA has produced joy and elation from those who have opposed him and merely saw the issues that saw him become a "distraction" to the administration as even more reason that he should exit EPA. And those welcoming words have come from environmentalists and those who back US biofuel policy and abhorred the decisions made by Pruitt to grant waivers of obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Blockchain successfully trialled in a cattle slaughterhouse

The use of blockchain technology in the meat industry took another step forward this week as the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) completed a successful trial in a cattle slaughterhouse.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Senate farm bill caught in trade crossfire on floor, Grassley, Thune amendments resurface

The Senate farm bill continued to move closer to passage Wednesday (June 27). Still, controversies over amendments related to presidential tariff authority and Cuba trade restrictions added wrinkles to what had been thought to be a relatively smooth path towards passage in the chamber.

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Infrastructure

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House Energy & Commerce subcommittee advances precision ag broadband bill

A new task force aimed at meeting the broadband needs of precision agriculture would be created under legislation – the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 (HR 4881) – cleared by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology June 15.

US Agricultural Policy Technology

US Washington week ahead: Infrastructure, spending measures and farm bill in focus

Congress returns from their Memorial Day break with the focus continuing on spending bills, transportation and the farm bill.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US Washington week ahead: NAFTA 2.0, Spending RFS, farm bill and China talks key

The House and Senate return with a focus on Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending, while NAFTA 2.0 negotiators get together again as the House vote count process gets underway in their version of the farm bill and another biofuels policy meeting is on tap.

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Agribusiness

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Large-scale trade policy talks between US and China on hold, officials say

Amid escalating trade tensions and tit-for-tat trade actions, talks aimed at defusing the situation the US and China have essentially been on hold for several weeks, according to comments from key lawmakers and a Trump administration official.

US Agricultural Policy Trade Disputes

Day ahead – July 19, 2018: House votes to conference farm bill, RFS waivers discussed at hearing, House ag labor bill

The House Wednesday (July 18) agreed by unanimous consent to send its farm bill to a conference committee to reconcile the measure with the Senate's version. Meanwhile, small refiner waivers were among topics raised at EPA RFS hearing and House Republicans unveiled an ag labor bill.

US Agricultural Policy Farm Bill

Ag producers detail tariff hardships at House Ways and Means hearing

Economic hardship caused by new tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump and retaliatory tariffs then put in place by trade partners were detailed by multiple agricultural producers and an economist during a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing Wednesday (July 18).

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