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Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025 process to kick off with committee meeting March 28-29

USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are inviting the public to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DAC), which will kick off discussions of 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DAG).

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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

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Brazil to implement US wheat TRQ, allow US pork imports

Trade-related commitments between the US and Brazil for US pork and wheat were announced following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House today (March 19).

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Day ahead – March 19, 2019: China could triple US farm good purchases

China could triple its US farm good purchases over the next five years, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, Perdue will ring the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and a US congressional delegation is traveling to China to discuss trade.

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No requested cost-benefit analysis on ERS, NIFA changes in USDA budget

A cost-benefit analysis has not yet been provided by USDA relative to their proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of Washington, DC, but Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget plans say that analysis will be coming.

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USDA urged to finish federal hemp rules in time for 2020 growing season

Hemp advocates and state officials last week urged USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to quickly craft a federal regulatory regime for the formerly illegal crop and ensure there are consistent and comprehensive rules for commercial production. 

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Ag spending again targeted for big cuts in Trump FY 2020 budget

Large cuts for USDA and other federal agencies were once again floated by the Trump administration in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal released today (March 11), but most of the spending reductions are unlikely to gain much traction in Congress – especially now that Democrats control the House.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Glyphosate study ruling, digitalization of agriculture, Gottlieb to step down from FDA

In what was described as a “landmark” ruling, the EU General Court last week ruled that studies on the toxicology and carcinogenicity of controversial herbicide glyphosate should be made public – potentially leading to significant changes in the EU approval process for plant protection products going forward.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: US trade agenda, Farm Bill timelines, CAP splits and Brexit

With trade talks between the US and China concluding without an overall agreement, but with commitments on the US not raising tariffs beyond current levels and China promising to purchase more agricultural goods, attention turned to other trade matters last week, including USMCA.

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Crop Inputs

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

This week’s updates include Monsanto’s petition to amend food tolerances for dicamba on genetically engineered corn, along with a list of petitions asking for new food tolerances and tolerance exemptions.

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Jury finds Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide likely caused cancer

Exposure to Bayer-owned Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkiller was likely a substantial factor in causing a California man to develop cancer, a federal jury concluded on Tuesday (March 19).
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DeLauro drafts bill to restrict glyphosate use on oats, slashes food tolerance

Legislation introduced Friday (March 15) by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) would compel EPA to restrict use of glyphosate on oats and dramatically reduce the related food tolerance for the widely used herbicide.

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Organics

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No Deal or Article 50 extension looms, as MPs reject Brexit agreement again

The UK government will publish on Wednesday (March 13) its proposals for import tariffs to apply on agricultural and other imports in the event of a no deal Brexit, after a fresh defeat for prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday evening (March 12).

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Trump budget spares FSIS from large cuts, revives unpopular user fees

The Trump administration would nearly fully fund the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and again revive unpopular user fees to supplement the inspection budget, but the food safety agency would miss larger cuts proposed elsewhere at USDA.

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Court allows challenge of now-defunct organic livestock rule to move ahead

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a case against USDA brought by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for delaying and withdrawing USDA’s organic livestock rule – a controversial rule that became an early target for the Trump administration.

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Animal Welfare

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Day ahead – March 20, 2019: Early damage estimates for Midwest flooding

Early estimates see large livestock and crop losses from flooding in Nebraska and Iowa. Meanwhile, there is mixed news on US-China trade talks and "extreme shortages" persist in China's hog market as officials say the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak is under control.

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Day ahead – March 18, 2019: Trump-Xi meeting may be pushed back to June

A meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be pushed back until June, according to reports. Meanwhile, Reuters said Brazil is considering a tariff rate quota (TRQ) for US wheat, and Canada bolstered its efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from entering the country.

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US Washington week ahead: Congress out with trade, Fed policy in focus

The House and Senate are both on a week-long break, returning the week of March 25.

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