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2020 focus to remain on trade, including Phase One deal, Perdue tells convention

AUSTIN, TEXAS - After a difficult year in 2019 due to trade turmoil and natural disasters, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention that 2020 should bring more stability for the US ag sector. He said the focus going forward will be on enforcement of the Phase One US-China trade deal, ongoing regulatory reform initiatives, and continued implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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State officials and ag interests press USDA to act on GE crop rule

State agriculture officials, the American Farm Bureau Federation and groups representing growers of corn, soybeans, and other commodity crops are backing USDA’s latest proposal to revamp its oversight of biotech plants and hoping a final rule will be issued before the summer.

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US-EU cooperation key to addressing trade challenges: EU Trade Commissioner

Bridging the gap between the US and European Union (EU) on global trade issues is key to promoting shared values on free and fair trade, but more work is needed on that front, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said at an event hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 16).

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Ag interests laud Phase One US-China deal, look towards Phase Two talks

Ag interests welcomed the signing of the Phase One US-China trade agreement today (Jan. 15) at the White House but emphasized Chinese follow-through will be a key factor and said more progress on tariff and non-tariff barriers on Phase Two negotiations is needed to restore their competitive position in the Chinese market.

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New biotech regulation website launched by a trio of agencies

A new unified biotechnology regulation website has been launched by USDA, FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of an effort to streamline biotech regulations as directed by President Donald Trump.

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Food industry, GE crop growers ask for more time to comment on GMO disclosure guidance

Food manufacturers and groups representing growers of genetically engineered crops have asked USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for more time to comment on proposed guidance that will allow them to validate that refined oils and sugars fall outside the requirements of the federal GMO disclosure rule.

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Plant-based meat advocates call for appeals court to block Missouri 'fake meat' labeling law

Tofurky manufacturer Turtle Island Foods and other plant-based meat advocates are pressing the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a federal judge’s decision not to block Missouri from enforcing its “fake meat” labeling law, arguing the ruling ignored the potential harm to companies from the state statute.

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Day ahead – Jan. 23, 2020: USMCA update, WOTUS release tipped, cell-based fundraising round

US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) implementing legislation is officially headed to President Donald Trump’s desk after being signed by Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Meanwhile, reports suggest EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler may unveil an updated Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule today and Memphis Meats announced the results of its cell-based funding round.

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Marler petitions FSIS to declare Salmonella an adulterant in meat and poultry

Bill Marler is seeking to reopen a long-standing food safety debate by petitioning USDA to declare Salmonella an adulterant in meat and poultry and adopt a zero-tolerance for the pathogen.

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Day ahead – Jan. 10, 2020: Impossible Foods, US-China signing, NEPA changes, Senate confirmation

Impossible Foods is looking to bring its products to consumers in Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump commented on the signing of a Phase One US-China trade deal, the Trump administration rolled out changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Senate confirmed Paul Ray as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

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‘Impossible Pork’ violates labeling law: NPPC

Impossible Food’s plan to market new “Impossible Pork” products violates federal food labeling laws because the product is not pork-based, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said Tuesday (Jan. 7).

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: EU agriculture “race to the bottom”, France bans insecticides, US defines “bioengineering”

The European Commission’s proposals on the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were strongly criticised last week for being too weak on tackling climate and sustainability issues.

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