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Day ahead – November 19, 2018: Grassley shifts to Senate Finance, Smithfield, US ag trade aid, China barley probe

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has decided to move to chair the Senate Finance Committee in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Smithfield Foods cancelled a sale of pork under USDA's trade aid package and China launched an anti-dumping investigation into barley imported from Australia.

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US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Day ahead – November 16, 2018: Hatch on tax extenders, USDA notes pork trade impacts, Trump to visit California

Several expired tax incentives seem likely to get renewed during the lame-duck session, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday. Meanwhile, USDA said hog producers continue to be impacted by tariffs from both China and Mexico, and President Donald Trump will visit California to meet with people impacted by deadly wildfires.

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USDA slammed for response to turkey Salmonella outbreak

USDA faced increasing pressure to identify brands of turkey that have been linked to an outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Reading strain that has made more than 160 people across 35 states ill over the past year. After the letters piled up, USDA announced late Thursday night a recall of ground turkey that may be linked to the illnesses.

 

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BELTWAY NOTEBOOK: USDA sued for failing to require certification of animal raising claims

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has sued USDA for failing to require third-party audits for animal raising claims, such as “humane” and “sustainable,” that have become increasingly popular in recent years.

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US Washington week ahead: Thanksgiving week ahead

The House and Senate are on their Thanksgiving break, returning the week of November 26.
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US Washington week ahead: Congress returns for lame-duck work

The House and Senate return to Washington this week, coming back to open the post-election lame duck session with plenty on their to-do list.

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Colorado set to tweak hemp rules in anticipation of federal approval

Colorado voters are expected Tuesday (Nov. 6) to amend the state's constitution in a bid to ensure its hemp farmers can take advantage of a likely change to federal law that will lift federal restraints on production.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

IEG Policy tracks the regulatory status of food additives and colorings in the Food Chemical News Guide found here. Updated in the Food Chemical Database this week: 
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Enviros try to rally opposition to USDA science nominee

More than 240 anti-pesticide groups are opposing the Trump administration's pick to serve as USDA's chief scientist, arguing the nominee's links to agribusiness and pesticide companies present "serious conflicts of interest" that should not be ignored.

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Neonicotinoids found to change bees’ social behavior

A new study adds to concern about the sublethal impacts of a widely-used class of insecticides on bees. Researchers found that exposure to neonicotinoids can have dramatic impacts on the social behavior of bumblebees, causing them to interact less with their colony and weakening the hive.

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Organics

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Organic Center hails new French study linking organic food consumption to lower risk of cancer

Organic advocates in the United States are calling attention the results of a new, large-scale French study which has linked consumption of organic foods to lower cancer risk.

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Dairy, conservation & renewable fuels part of Trump regulatory agenda inventory

Continued efforts by the Trump administration to streamline regulations, many with direct and indirect implications for US ag, were detailed in the latest Unified Regulatory Agenda update from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

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Stakeholders urge NOSB to pay close attention to farm bill, other organic changes

Ahead of an Oct. 24 meeting of the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB), stakeholders weighed in on several hot topics, including strengthening USDA’s oversight of foods carrying the organic label.

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Russia brings back ban on transhipment of US poultry to Kazakhstan

Russia is once again blocking the movement of US chicken meat to Kazakhstan in a move that could put fresh strains on relations within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

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USDA, FDA to jointly regulate cell-cultured meat

USDA and FDA have formally agreed to jointly regulate cell-based meat, and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Friday (Nov. 16) no new legislation is needed to make it work.

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Chinese pigmeat production in danger as ASF crisis deepens

China’s ongoing battle against African Swine Fever (ASF) took a serious turn for the worse this week as the disease reached Sichuan province – the country’s top pig producing region - and was then detected for the first time in wild boar.

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