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Day ahead – May 20, 2020: COVID-19 border closures, EPA guidance rule, Biden on food supply, school nutrition survey

Non-essential travel restrictions will be extended another month along the US borders with Mexico and Canada, the Department of Homeland Security announced. Meanwhile, EPA released a proposed rule meant to limit the agency from issuing guidance, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said the US food supply chain suffering from a lack of leadership but not food and a survey of school nutrition professionals revealed concerns about major financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Day ahead – May 18, 2020: COVID-19 relief bill, White House task force, meat plant liability bill, ERS/NIFA lawsuit, FDA guidance

The House cleared a fourth COVID-19 aid package Friday (May 15). Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was appointed to the White House coronavirus taskforce, House Republicans introduced a bill that would provide meat processing plants liability protection from coronavirus claims, USDA was hit with a lawsuit seeking documents on the relocation of two research agencies and FDA issued guidance on sanitizing food transport vehicles that have been used to carry human remains.

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RFA lauds House COVID-19 aid plan provisions, says biofuel demand slowly recovering

A “light at the end of the tunnel” is beginning to emerge for the biofuel sector as fuel demand is slowly beginning to recover from the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns, but producers face a long road ahead and need aid from the federal government as they continue to struggle because of the pandemic, officials with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said during a briefing Friday (May 15).

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Dairy groups urge USDA to ramp up international COVID-19 food aid efforts

Dairy groups called on USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to use all tools at his disposal to ramp up international food aid efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on nations most vulnerable to dairy supply disruptions.

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RFA lauds House COVID-19 aid plan provisions, says biofuel demand slowly recovering

A “light at the end of the tunnel” is beginning to emerge for the biofuel sector as fuel demand is slowly beginning to recover from the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns, but producers face a long road ahead and need aid from the federal government as they continue to struggle because of the pandemic, officials with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said during a briefing Friday (May 15).

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Trade, global coordination needed to address COVID-19 food crisis: WITA panel

Developing countries are most at risk of food shortages during the COVID-19 crisis and it is imperative that global leaders avoid new trade restrictions and assemble a global response to address the situation, according to a Washington International Trade Association (WITA) panel moderated by former US chief ag trade negotiator Darci Vetter.

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Agribusiness

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

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Researchers develop new vaccine that protects 100% of pigs against ASF

The UK’s Pirbright Institute has moved a step closer to developing a viable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF).

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USDA unveils $1 billion in COVID-19 loan guarantees for producers, rural businesses

Up to $1 billion is being made available by USDA to guarantee loans to rural businesses and to ag producers that are ineligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans, using funding included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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