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USDA to withdraw organic livestock, poultry rule

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule that would add new animal welfare restrictions under USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) will be withdrawn, according to a notice from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) scheduled for publication in the Federal Register next week.

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Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

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U.S. not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts say

The United States is not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts testified during a Wednesday (Dec. 13) Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World.”

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USDA seeks comments on child nutrition program rules

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is soliciting public comments on the meal patterns and nutrition standards used to determine federal reimbursement for participants in USDA's child nutrition programs.
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Perdue talks trade, NAFTA, Farm Bill and regulatory reform

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue touched on the importance of trade for U.S. agriculture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the upcoming Farm Bill and regulatory reform during a Tuesday (Dec. 12) speech at the National Press Club.

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USDA’s Rottenberg steps in as chair of Codex Policy Committee

Carmen Rottenberg, the acting deputy under secretary of food safety at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), has verified she will chair the newly moved U.S. Codex Office, disproving speculation that USDA’s new Under Secretary for Trade, Ted McKinney would guide the agency’s policy committee. 

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U.S. not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts say

The United States is not fully prepared to defend itself against agro-terrorism attacks, experts testified during a Wednesday (Dec. 13) Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World.”

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Perdue talks trade, NAFTA, Farm Bill and regulatory reform

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue touched on the importance of trade for U.S. agriculture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the upcoming Farm Bill and regulatory reform during a Tuesday (Dec. 12) speech at the National Press Club.

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Collapse of NAFTA could threaten stability of global agricultural trade

If Donald Trump maintains his commitment to abandoning the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), should negotiations on reforming the deal fall flat, it could lead to a major disruption not only of US agricultural trade but also create considerable instability in world agri-food markets. 

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Crop Inputs

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Trump EPA nominee abandons bid to lead chemical safety office

President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to head the EPA's chemical safety office has withdrawn his name from consideration in the wake of rising opposition from Democrats and Republicans. 

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APHIS quarantine fees to increase starting Dec. 28

Starting Dec. 28, businesses will see a sizable jump in the Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) fees they have to pay for federal port inspections – from $95 to $142 as part of a five-year phase-in, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said Dec. 13. 

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EU Commission to present new draft rules on pesticide approvals

Upon reauthorising glyphosate for the next five years, the European Commission has also adopted a communication committing it to put forward legislation in the spring to increase transparency, quality and independence of the approval of substances. 
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Organics

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USDA to withdraw organic livestock, poultry rule

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule that would add new animal welfare restrictions under USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) will be withdrawn, according to a notice from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) scheduled for publication in the Federal Register next week.

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Trump to slash more regulations in 2018

President Donald Trump said his regulatory reform directives have resulted in the canceling or delaying of more than 1,500 regulations during the first 11 months of his term, and he plans to deliver much more in 2018.

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OTA vows to see USDA in court this month after latest ‘walk back’ of organic rule

After USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on Thursday (Nov. 9) again delayed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule – this time until May 14, 2018 – the agency has until mid-November to answer to a lawsuit filed in September by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) over its repeated delays in implementing the rule.

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Animal Welfare

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USDA to withdraw organic livestock, poultry rule

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule that would add new animal welfare restrictions under USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) will be withdrawn, according to a notice from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) scheduled for publication in the Federal Register next week.

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FDA charts first decrease in antimicrobial sales for food animals

A new report found sales of medically important antibiotics used in food animals dropped for the first time by 14% from 2015 to 2016. While advocates pointed to the dip as a sign of progress, especially in the chicken industry, the Animal Health Institute (AHI) said sales trends are “no predictors of public health impact.”

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13 states ask U.S. Supreme Court to toss California’s egg sales law

Thirteen states on Monday (Dec. 4) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that forbids the sale of eggs from laying hens kept in cages too small for the birds to spread their wings and turn around. 

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