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Maine officials blast USDA hemp rule

Maine agricultural officials are unconvinced by USDA’s hemp production rule and say the new regulatory regime will be difficult for states with existing hemp programs to implement and could drive farmers away from the potentially lucrative crop.

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France and EU vow to retaliate against US tariffs on champagne and cheese

The European Commission has said the EU will “act as one” if the US follows up on its threat to impose new tariffs on French agri-food products.

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Day ahead – Dec. 6, 2019: US ag trade, WOTUS update and FTC settlement

US agricultural exports rose in October, starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with a solid trade surplus. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its plan to replace and repeal a controversial Obama-era rule that rankled many in agriculture while a supplement maker has settled with the government over deceptive ad claims.

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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

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Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

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Egg producers weigh in on FDA’s plan for smarter, more traceable food safety

Weighing in on FDA’s plans to create a “smarter,” more digital and traceable food safety system, egg producers are urging FDA to adopt a few solutions that don’t necessarily have to do with new technology.

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Day ahead – Dec. 4, 2019: SNAP rule, Tuna price-fixing, Meat sector acquisition

USDA Secretary Perdue is set to unveil a rule tightening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements. Meanwhile, the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted of conspiring to fix tuna prices and the US Cattlemen’s Association is seeking an investigation into Marfrig Global Foods bid to boost its stake in the National Beef Packing Company.

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Senate committee votes to advance Hahn’s nomination for FDA commissioner

With a 18-5 vote, the Senate Health, Education, Labors and Pension Committee on Tuesday (Dec. 3) approved the nomination of Stephen Hahn to serve as the next FDA Commissioner.

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Labeling & Advertising

Day ahead – Dec. 6, 2019: US ag trade, WOTUS update and FTC settlement

US agricultural exports rose in October, starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with a solid trade surplus. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its plan to replace and repeal a controversial Obama-era rule that rankled many in agriculture while a supplement maker has settled with the government over deceptive ad claims.

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FSIS gives inspectors guidance as more China poultry becomes eligible for import

FSIS told inspectors Wednesday (Dec. 4) to make sure they check poultry import certificates for accuracy as China becomes eligible to ship cooked poultry products starting Dec. 8.

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CHPA petitions FDA to require dietary ingredient notifications for CBD products

An industry group is urging FDA to roll out an interim final rule that would require manufacturers of CBD-containing dietary supplements to submit a new dietary ingredient (NDI) notification to generate safety data.

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Arizona study seeks to help leafy greens growers predict pathogens in canals

While FDA chases after the source of another mysterious outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce from California, a study funded by the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is seeking to identify strategies to prevent last year’s deadly outbreak of E. coli in romaine from Yuma, Arizona.

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USDA rolling on with revamp of biotech crop rule

USDA officials are bullish on the latest proposal to overhaul the department’s regulatory framework for biotech crops, voicing confidence the time is finally ripe for change.

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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

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Traceability and Supply Chain

Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

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Russia suspends Latin American beef suppliers over ractopamine

Russia has halted imports from several South American beef suppliers, claiming that some shipments were contaminated with antibiotic residues while others had traces of the controversial feed additive, ractopamine.

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Cargill adopts 2030 supply chain greenhouse gas reduction targets

A new goal of reducing company supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% per ton of product by 2030 compared to 2017 levels, was announced by Cargill as part of its efforts to combat climate change Tuesday (Dec. 3).

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Farm Policy

Maine officials blast USDA hemp rule

Maine agricultural officials are unconvinced by USDA’s hemp production rule and say the new regulatory regime will be difficult for states with existing hemp programs to implement and could drive farmers away from the potentially lucrative crop.

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Day ahead – Dec. 5, 2019: US-China talks, CRP signup, Food prices, E. coli outbreak

China continues to insist that tariffs be lifted as part of any Phase One US-China trade deal. Meanwhile, USDA is expected to announce a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said food prices rose to their highest level in two years in November and an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce continues to grow.

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House lawmakers want quick action on organic origin of livestock rule

A bipartisan coalition of five House members is urging the Trump administration to quickly finalize the USDA’s origin of organic livestock rule, calling the regulation “critical for thousands of organic dairy farmers across the country.”

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Food Technology

USDA rolling on with revamp of biotech crop rule

USDA officials are bullish on the latest proposal to overhaul the department’s regulatory framework for biotech crops, voicing confidence the time is finally ripe for change.

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Egg producers weigh in on FDA’s plan for smarter, more traceable food safety

Weighing in on FDA’s plans to create a “smarter,” more digital and traceable food safety system, egg producers are urging FDA to adopt a few solutions that don’t necessarily have to do with new technology.

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Cattle and dairy industries “will collapse by 2030”, conference hears

The dairy and cattle industries are predicted to collapse by 2030 as animal meat is replaced by cheaper, good quality food made from precision fermentation protein, Informa’s Food Ingredients Europe conference in Paris, France heard today (December 2nd).

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Day ahead – Dec. 6, 2019: US ag trade, WOTUS update and FTC settlement

US agricultural exports rose in October, starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with a solid trade surplus. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its plan to replace and repeal a controversial Obama-era rule that rankled many in agriculture while a supplement maker has settled with the government over deceptive ad claims.

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USDA rolling on with revamp of biotech crop rule

USDA officials are bullish on the latest proposal to overhaul the department’s regulatory framework for biotech crops, voicing confidence the time is finally ripe for change.

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UK parties offer starkly differing policy options as general election looms

It could be argued that, with the UK’s exit from the EU now scheduled less than two months away, the last thing British agribusiness needs at present is more uncertainty about the future course of UK agriculture policy.

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