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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

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Democrats warn that relocation has undermined USDA research agencies

House Democrats on Thursday (Oct. 17) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, citing statistics that find the relocation has left two research agencies far short of staff and unable to finalize key reports or fund research grants.

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Day ahead – Oct. 17, 2019: Disaster aid, NASS resurvey, Western Growers leadership

Disaster aid payments should begin flowing to farmers this week, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Meanwhile, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said it will have to resurvey corn and soybean harvested acreage in North Dakota and Minnesota due to recent snow and Western Growers announced Executive Vice President Dave Puglia has been tapped as the group’s next leader.

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USDA announces new guidance on school meals while court battle continues

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced new guidance for schools to offer more flexibility in meal plans as the legal battle continues over the Trump administration’s final rule to roll back sodium and whole grains standards.

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Day ahead – Oct. 14, 2019: US-China trade, MFP 2 payments, China ag supports

The interim US-China trade deal reached late last week continues to be a focus. Meanwhile, calls on USDA to make additional Market Facilitation Program (MFP 2) payment installments are rising and China kept its wheat support price unchanged but will limit the amount it purchases from farmers.

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US Washington week: Congress returns, US-China deal & farm bill oversight keys ahead

The House and Senate return Tuesday from their two-week break.

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Democrats warn that relocation has undermined USDA research agencies

House Democrats on Thursday (Oct. 17) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City region, citing statistics that find the relocation has left two research agencies far short of staff and unable to finalize key reports or fund research grants.

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Dietary supplement industry urges Congress to intervene on CBD

Dietary supplement manufacturers are urging Congress to amend federal law to legalize use of hemp-derived cannabinoid (CBD) as a dietary ingredient, calling the move vital to protect consumers and to provide legal clarity for the industry.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Wojciechowski wins over MEPs, US tariff fall out, JBS under the spotlight

A much-improved performance by Janusz Wojciechowski saw Poland’s EU agriculture Commissioner-designate convince members of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee that he is the right person for the job, following a second hearing last week.

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Crop Inputs

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

EPA has set new tolerances for residues of the herbicide indaziflam in or on tropical and subtropical fruit.

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Wojciechowski wins over MEPs, US tariff fall out, JBS under the spotlight

A much-improved performance by Janusz Wojciechowski saw Poland’s EU agriculture Commissioner-designate convince members of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee that he is the right person for the job, following a second hearing last week.

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This week in Food Chemical News Guide

FDA has updated medicated feeds – lubabegron, monensin and tylosin – used for beef steers and heifers prior to slaughter, according to the latest Food Chemical News Guide.

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Organics

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Day ahead – Oct. 18, 2019: USMCA process, International starch group, Organic program

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was upbeat about Mexico’s efforts to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Meanwhile, the Corn Refiners Association (CFA) joined counterparts in other countries to form a new international starch group and USDA proposed multiple additions to the organic program's list of allowed and prohibited substances.

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Food production is not increasing fast enough to feed the world - report

A new report released today says the world is not increasing agricultural productivity fast enough to sustainably meet the food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy needs of the planet’s population by 2050.

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Day ahead – Oct. 9, 2019: US-China trade deal hopes, milk payments & organic news

China has reportedly offered to step up its purchases of US ag goods with an eye on at least a partial deal with the US while payments to US dairy farmers continue to rise and USDA has released recommendations on substances that can and cannot be used in organic operations.

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Animal Welfare

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ASF poses “serious risk” to European pigmeat market, Hogan warns

Any further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) within the EU could have a “severe impact” on domestic pigmeat producers, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has warned.

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Saudi Arabia lifts avian-flu related import bans

Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on imports of hatching eggs and day-old-chicks from several countries, including Denmark, Italy and Russia.

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Brazil awaits decision on US beef ban, progress on EU poultry restrictions

Brazil should soon find out if the US is to reopen its market to fresh Brazilian beef - but the South American country may have to wait longer for the EU to lift a ban on 20 chicken meat suppliers.

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