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Day ahead – September 24, 2018: US-China tariffs, upcoming E15 announcement, USDA expands MFP payments

The US and China imposed new tariffs on each other's products in their latest trade war escalation. Meanwhile, an announcement on year-round E15 sales is again tipped as forthcoming and USDA announced an expansion of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments along with other adjustments to its ag trade aid plan.

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Court extends stay on 'non-GMO' baby formula dispute

A federal judge has extended a stay on a class action that contends infant formula manufacturer Abbott Laboratories has violated state consumer protection laws by labeling products as "non-GMO."

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NPIS plants more likely to fail FSIS Salmonella standards, advocates find

A significant number of chicken slaughter plants that are operating under the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), which allows plants to operate with fewer government inspectors, continue to show a greater likelihood of failing the government’s performance standard for Salmonella than plants still using the traditional inspection model, advocacy group Food & Water Watch (F&WW) has found.

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Conaway committed to finishing farm bill, says multiple issues remain unresolved

Multiple issues, not just differences on new work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, remain to be worked out between the House and Senate-passed versions of the farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said in an interview with IEG Policy and another reporter.

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Under looming farm bill deadline, organic advocates push for final priorities

With only weeks left before the current farm bill expires, the organic sector is continuing its coordinated push to ensure that its top priorities – permanent funding for organic research and financial backing for the organic certification cost-share program - are included in the final version of the bill.

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Experts advise on thorny issues over lab-based meats at GFI meeting

Many thorny issues remain to be ironed out over emerging lab-grown meat products, but there is little appetite for Congress to step in and decide which agency should regulate the new products, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

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Farm Bill

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US Washington week ahead: Farm bill, spending and trade all in focus

The Senate is in session this week while the House will return Tuesday from its week-long break.

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Conaway committed to finishing farm bill, says multiple issues remain unresolved

Multiple issues, not just differences on new work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, remain to be worked out between the House and Senate-passed versions of the farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said in an interview with IEG Policy and another reporter.

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

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Crop Inputs

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The impact of limiting cadmium levels in European fertilizers – a constructive approach

In recent years, the words ‘phosphate’ and ‘cadmium’ have jointly come under the spotlight even in non-specialised press articles. On more than one occasion they have depicted scary, almost ‘doomsday’ scenarios that may come as a consequence of regulatory changes put forward by the European Commission.

Crop Inputs Environment and Conservation

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Lawmakers pull IARC funding threat from spending bill

Congress has abandoned a plan to tie funding for the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to demands for changes to the global cancer agency's research practices and policies.

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Organics

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Organic stakeholders discuss trends, challenges at industry forum

While consumers for organic foods are diversifying and sales of organic foods continue to rise, growth of the organic food market appears to be leveling off to a more stable pace in recent years, posing new questions and potential challenges for organic producers.

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Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Under looming farm bill deadline, organic advocates push for final priorities

With only weeks left before the current farm bill expires, the organic sector is continuing its coordinated push to ensure that its top priorities – permanent funding for organic research and financial backing for the organic certification cost-share program - are included in the final version of the bill.

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Animal Welfare

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Cell-cultured food could help solve climate problem, experts say

Delicious, affordable, cell- and plant-based meats that consumers trust may just solve the world’s largest climate problem, said experts at the recent Good Food Conference in Berkeley, Calif.

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Brazil boosts inspection to avoid African Swine Fever

Brazil is to step up inspection at borders to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has been rapidly spreading in Europe, Asia and Africa.
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Podcast: African Swine Fever in Belgium - markets impacts and animal health

The detection of African Swine Fever in Belgium has put western Europe on high alert for further outbreaks – what could it mean for the EU pig meat sector?

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