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Farm Policy

USDA

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State officials raise concerns about plan to move USDA pest management office

State officials are unconvinced by the Trump administration's plan to put the USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) under the authority of the department's chief economist. 

US Food Policy Crop Inputs

Grain and dairy groups advocate for independent U.S. Codex Office

Food and agricultural industry groups are widely backing the Trump administration's plan to place the U.S. Codex Office under the authority of the new USDA under secretary for trade, but their comments on the move suggest they are concerned the change may be perceived as promoting trade over food safety. 

US Food Policy Trade Disputes

Paraguay closes in on U.S. beef market access

Paraguay says it expects to be able to export fresh beef to the U.S. within about six months after clearing a key hurdle in the approval process.
US Food Policy Trade Agreements

Organic battle over hydroponics to heat up at NOSB meeting

The ongoing battle over whether hydroponics qualify as “certified organic” will be up for a vote when USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Jacksonville, Fla. 

US Food Policy Organics

Beltway notebook: USDA catfish program called a success after first month

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was quick to call the USDA’s implementation of the catfish inspection program a success after reading the latest Government Accountability Office report on imported seafood.

US Food Policy Food Safety and Standards

Op-Ed: Three former Codex chairs say Perdue's plan would undermine Codex

Editor’s note: Three former Codex Commission chairs are weighing in on the debate over Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s reorganization plan to move the U.S. Codex Office. While the food industry said it hopes shifting Codex duties to the trade office would raise the visibility of the important office, others say it could jeopardize its public health mission. Comments are due Oct. 7 on the proposal.

 

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Farm Bill

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Geographical indications cited as top concern during Senate hearing on chief ag negotiator

Working to block geographical indications (GIs) being pushed by the European Union in its free trade agreements (FTAs) was pegged as a top priority for U.S. agricultural trade during a Thursday (Oct. 5) Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider Gregory Doud’s nomination for chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). 

US Food Policy Trade Agreements

Senate approves Censky, McKinney for top USDA posts

One day after the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry advanced President Trump’s nominations of Stephen Censky and Ted McKinney for top-ranking USDA positions, the full Senate voted to confirm them. 

US Food Policy Trade Disputes

States’ administration of SNAP could throw wrench in Farm Bill reauthorization

Problems with the states’ administration of the federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have the potential to become a point of contention during the reauthorization process for the next Farm Bill, it became clear during a Thursday (Sept. 14) Senate Agriculture committee hearing. 

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Crop Inputs

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State officials raise concerns about plan to move USDA pest management office

State officials are unconvinced by the Trump administration's plan to put the USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) under the authority of the department's chief economist. 

US Food Policy Crop Inputs

Academic study says Bayer-Monsanto tie-up should be blocked

The proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto should be blocked under EU competition rules, as divesting particular assets would not address the underlying concerns, a new study has found.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

EPA ordered to redo search for Enlist Duo documents

A federal judge has found EPA failed to adequately respond to an environmental group's requests for documents related to its approval of Dow AgroSciences' Enlist Duo herbicide. 

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Organics

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Organic battle over hydroponics to heat up at NOSB meeting

The ongoing battle over whether hydroponics qualify as “certified organic” will be up for a vote when USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Jacksonville, Fla. 

US Food Policy Organics

OTA hails new bill to crack down on 'fake' organic imports

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is throwing support behind a bill introduced Sept. 28 by Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.) that would help improve the National Organic Program’s (NOP) oversight of global organic trade, create a level playing field for U.S. organic farmers and establish a better system to ensure the integrity of the organic label. 

US Food Policy Organics

Aurora Organic Dairy cleared in probe of organic milk practices; Cornucopia criticizes finding

USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) has formally dismissed a legal complaint against Aurora Organic Dairy's (AOD) High Plains Dairy operation in Colorado after finding no violations of USDA organic access-to-pasture and grazing regulations by the company, but the Cornucopia Institute is questioning the agency’s conclusion.

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Animal Welfare

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Perdue discusses WTO quota issue, future agri-food trade with UK MPs

US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has met with British MPs to discuss post-Brexit UK-US agri-food trade and reaching an agreement on Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Advocacy groups send Iowa’s ‘ag-gag law’ to court

Advocacy groups challenged the constitutionality of Iowa’s “ag-gag law” on Tuesday (Oct. 10) in hopes of striking down another law that criminalizes undercover investigations at farms and slaughterhouses. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, the lawsuit charges the 2012 law violates the rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.

US Food Policy Animal Welfare

Granting NCC petition to increase poultry line speeds would violate federal rules, F&WW says

Food & Water Watch (F&WW) is urging USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to reject a Sept. 1 petition from the National Chicken Council (NCC) to allow faster line speeds in the slaughter inspection system, arguing the agency would violate rulemaking procedures if it grants the petition.
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