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Day ahead – January 18, 2019: Shutdown enters day 29, China aims to develop ASF vaccine, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
The partial government shutdown continues – now in its 29th day – with new hostility seen between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Meanwhile, China is looking to develop a vaccine for African swine fever (ASF) and US government offices and markets will be closed Monday (January 21) for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).
Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress
President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).
Agriculture and food safety are among the topics the US wants included in free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), despite the EU's reluctance, according to negotiating objectives released late last week by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).
Day ahead – January 14, 2019: No end in sight for shutdown, Trump, Perdue to address Farm Bureau convention, Chinese soybean imports drop
The partial government shutdown is in its 24th day with no signs that the standoff is going to end soon. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue are set to address the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention in New Orleans and Chinese soybean imports dropped in 2018, for the first time in seven years.
Both the House and Senate are in session this week.
The partial government shutdown entered its 21st day with no compromise in sight. Meanwhile, multiple USDA reports originally scheduled for release today have been delayed by the shutdown and the next steps emerged for US-China trade negotiations following the conclusion of trade talks this week in Beijing.
Concerns over impacts USDA agencies, farmers and USDA employees has prompted a key lawmaker to seek details from USDA on the situation.
Day ahead – January 9, 2019: Shutdown continues, USDA says February SNAP benefits to be paid, US-China trade talks conclude
The partial US government shutdown enters its 19th day with no signs of a deal to break the impasse. Meanwhile, USDA confirmed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries would receive their February benefits despite the shutdown and mid-level US-China trade talks in Beijing concluded.
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