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Interest Grows in U.S. Crop Insurance; Brazil Food Safety
Foreign countries take notes on how the US handles crop insurance. A USDA audit of Brazil’s food safety revealed concerns about meat exported from that country.
Perdue Resumes Reorganization; GOP Passes House Tax Bill
Reorganization of the Codex Alimentarius program in USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service be moved to the Office of the Undersecretary for Trade and Ag Affairs. Arkansas Plant Board has decided that ALL dicamba products should be banned as of April 15th. Tax bill through the House last wee…
Gen Z Value Driven; RFS Contributes to Climate Change
Consumers' brand loyalty at agriculture shows has been wavering. About 140 regulations as “possible options” for revision or repeal. A report states that the Federal Fuel Standard is contributing to the climate change.
TPP Near Ratification; Call for NAFTA Renegotiations
Remaining 11 countries appear to be on the verge of ratifying the massive trade pact without the U.S.. Economic development leaders asking for support to modernize NAFTA agreement.
EU Glyphosate Authorization to Appeal and Ag Research Funding
The European Union has once again declined to renew its authorization of glyphosate. Ag research is finding themselves in a communication breakdown. The outlook for corn production has been raised
Animal Welfare Standards; LMA Says New Trucking Rules Don’t Work
The new animal-welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry production is being delay. Livestock Marketing Association says the trucking rules don’t work for the livestock industry. USDA says the U.S. needs to focus trade negotiations on lowering tariffs with Japan.
Tax Reform in House and Senate and Arkansas Bans Dicamba
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has passed and its effect will lessens the impact self-employment and income taxes have on producers from its original version. Arkansas and Monsanto facing off on the Dicamba ban. China removing value added tax on distillers dried grains.
U.S. Vs Indonesian Import Dispute; India Potential for Ethanol
WTO rules in favor of the U.S. in import restrictions case. Benefit of U.S. grain export exceeds 55-Billion-dollars a year. India has big potential for ethanol.
USDA Names State Directors; Birth to Burger Program
The appointment of state directors for the Farm Service Agency and for USDA's Rural Development programs have been announced. Ag lenders are recommending further adjustments as farmers prepare for another year of tight margins. A sustainability acceleration project using RFID technology tracks…
Agriculture Chief Rolls Out State Directors for USDA, Farm Service Agency
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of state directors for the Farm Service Agency and for USDA's Rural Development programs.
Hydroponics Ban Rejected; NemaStrike Pulled From Shelves
A rejected proposal to prohibit hydroponics in organic production, disappointed growers who want organic certification restricted to crops grown in soil. Tax policy specialist says new business rates in the House Ways & Means tax bill will have the greatest impact on farmers’ taxes. Monsa…
Clovis Withdraws Name and EPA Accused of ‘Sue and Settle’
Large grain trading firms are cutting spending as a result of low commodity prices. Industry groups federal agencies give in too easily and ‘settle’ when sued by environmental groups. Sam Clovis is no longer under consideration for a USDA undersecretary position