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Day ahead – April 2, 2020: Global food prices fall, USDA boosts sugar imports, China ag buys

Global food prices posted sharp declines in March according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Meanwhile, USDA announced moves to boost sugar imports amid tight supplies and China ag purchases were more muted in the latest update from USDA.

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Day ahead – April 1, 2020: CCC interest rates, Australia ag freight subsidies, dietary supplement supply chain

Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) interest rates were cut following recent actions by the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, Australia announced it will subsidize air freight for transport of some ag goods to certain destinations and the dietary supplements industry is reporting increased demand and supply chain disruptions linked to COVID-19.

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Court tosses out ranchers' checkoff challenge

A federal judge in Montana has dismissed a lawsuit brought by ranchers upset with USDA’s beef checkoff program, concluding the activities of 15 state beef councils are legal and do not violate the free speech provisions of the US Constitution.

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Day ahead – March 31, 2020: Perdue says food supply solid, ag event cancellations, COVID-19 testing for food workers

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue emphasized the US food supply chain remains on good footing despite the recent spike in demand. Meanwhile, two more ag-related events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and food trade groups are pressing government officials for priority access to coronavirus testing for food industry workers.

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Federal workers sue for coronavirus hazard pay

A USDA meat safety inspector is one of five federal workers who filed a class action lawsuit Monday (March 30) alleging they deserve hazard pay for continuing to work during the coronavirus outbreak.

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US Washington week: Quick implementation of COVID-19 aid in works as Congress exits

The House and Senate have left Washington and are not expected to return until potentially late April. There are no hearings scheduled, but already discussions are taking place about a fourth aid plan for the COVID-19 situation.

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Day ahead – March 27, 2020: H-2 interview waivers, CRP signup, more USDA COVID-19 moves

The State Department announced it will allow consulates to waive in-person interviews for H-2 visa applicants. Meanwhile, USDA said 3.4 million acres were accepted during the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup and the department announced new moves in response to COVID-19 on electronic document submissions and egg grading standards.

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Senators press USDA’s Perdue on hemp regulations, another MFP effort

Questions about a possible third Market Facilitation Program (MFP 3), hemp production regulations – including the possibility of an extension for states operating under 2014 Farm Bill pilot program rules – and the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak all surfaced during a Senate Appropriations Ag Subcommittee hearing today (March 12) with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Day ahead – March 11, 2020: Ag budget, Perdue on SREs, FDA stops most foreign inspections

The House Ag Committee approved budget estimates that called for no cuts to US farm and nutrition programs. Meanwhile, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue remains confident EPA will curb the granting of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and FDA is postponing most foreign inspections through April due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA published on Wednesday (April 1) a slew of new animal drug changes in this week’s Food Chemical News Guide.

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Agribusiness COVID-19 Podcast: March 31

Stay abreast of the latest developments in the global agriculture and food markets influenced by Covid-19 by listening to our daily IHS Markit Agribusiness podcast.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week's updates include new tolerances for residues of the fungicide cyazofamid on multiple commodities. 

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Court gives USDA 180 days to fix economic modeling for abandoned organic livestock rule

A federal judge placed USDA on a 180-day deadline last week to fix the cost/benefit analysis on its Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule, calling USDA’s actions the “administrative process at its never-ending worst” after a 10-year process ended in the withdrawal of the rule.

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USDA hit with lawsuit over organic certification of hydroponics

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) have gone to court to challenge USDA’s decision to deny a petition calling for the agency to stop hydroponic operations from making organic claims.

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DFA offer to buy most Dean Foods assets for $425 million still faces hurdles

An offer to acquire $425 million in assets from Dean Foods, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, was announced by Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Monday (Feb. 17), as the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues an antitrust probe of the potential deal which also requires approval from bankruptcy court.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA published on Wednesday (April 1) a slew of new animal drug changes in this week’s Food Chemical News Guide.

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Meat industry on a knife-edge as COVID-19 disruption deepens

Global meat markets are being pulled in different directions as COVID-19 triggers a transformation in the way people buy food, while at the same time sickening workers, disrupting supply chains and complicating international trade.

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US, China poultry regionalization agreement, other Phase One export actions in place

The US and China signed a poultry regionalization agreement allowing US poultry exports to continue in the event a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) or Newcastle disease outbreak hits here, one of several recent milestones USDA and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) detailed in an update on implementation of the Phase One US-China trade deal.

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