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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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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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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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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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USDA tightens work requirements for key food stamp program

A new USDA rule to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients will “restore the original intent” of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and ensure it is “not a way of life,” USDA Sonny Perdue told reporters on Wednesday (Dec. 4).

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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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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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USDA tightens work requirements for key food stamp program

A new USDA rule to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients will “restore the original intent” of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and ensure it is “not a way of life,” USDA Sonny Perdue told reporters on Wednesday (Dec. 4).

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US financial regulators clarify banking landscape for hemp businesses

Federal and state financial regulators on Tuesday (Dec. 3) released guidance to make it easier for banks to provide financial services to hemp-related businesses, a move welcomed by industry advocates who contend hemp farmers and processors have struggled to obtain account services, loans and credit.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates include additive changes for cattle and poultry feed and new pesticide residue tolerances for etoxazole, fenproxyimate, and propamocarb.

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Technology is transforming crop protection, event hears

By reducing inputs, improving resource management, minimizing land impacts, and lowering costs, precision ag technologies are now increasingly delivering on the promise of sustainability for farmers and their operations, according to speakers at the recent Agribusiness Intelligence Crop Science Forum & Awards 2019.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final tolerances this week for residues of clothianidin on persimmon and cyflumetofen on green coffee beans.

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Organics

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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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Unified Agenda: USDA set to finalize GE crop rule revamp and origin of organic livestock definition

USDA says it will finalize a major overhaul of its regulatory regime for genetically engineered crops by April 2020 and a revised definition governing the origin of organic livestock by June 2020, according to the department’s Fall 2019 Unified Agenda.

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USDA rule to strengthen enforcement of organics heads to OMB

Called “a game changer” by one USDA official, a proposal that would tighten enforcement of organic products has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review.


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Animal Welfare

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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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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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Court blocks Iowa from enforcing second attempt at ‘ag-gag’ law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Iowa from enforcing an “ag-gag” law, a preliminary victory for animal welfare groups who sued the state to strike down the 2019 statute.

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