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Transatlantic Expectations; Crop of the Future; Updated Beef Age; Variable USMCA Hearings

Transatlantic Expectations EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is in Washington to meet with her U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, and discuss efforts to better harmonize regulations. She expressed the view that President Trump would not impose tariffs on European automobiles due to...

New Trade War Weapon

Only twice has a country filed a challenge in the WTO against another’s required notification of its domestic ag subsidies. The first was in May when the U.S. did so against India’s report on market support for wheat and rice during MY 2010/11-2013/14. The second time was yesterday...

False Rise of Small Ag; False Trade Revolt; Farm Bill Gamble; Provisional Brexit Deal

False Rise of Small Ag More Democrats than Republicans take a populist view toward American agriculture, and that means the current capitalist system will be under attack. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), a likely 2020 presidential candidate, has introduced legislation that would impose a mo...

Awkward Uniter; Future for Commodities

Awkward Uniter By being antagonistic, U.S. President Donald Trump is awkwardly uniting the world. His earlier attacks on NAFTA managed to boost support for it from both Democrats and Republicans. His threat to leave the pact created a political mentality in Washington of you “Don’t...

Senate Elections: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

It is now six days since the midterm elections, and several races still aren’t settled, including a few in the Senate of interest to the ag and food sector. Ballot counts continue in the Arizona race with a recount underway for the seat in Florida. Meanwhile, House Representative Kyrsten...

Election Impact on House Ag Committee

The change in party control of the House will have impacts on the makeup of the House Agriculture Committee; some won’t be major, and other changes are yet to unfold. One change, of course, will be a new chairman. The current ranking Democrat on the committee, Representative Collin Peters...

Devilish Details; Formosan Choice; Wife Beater II

Devilish Details Thoroughness in detail is both hard and time consuming. Whether laws or trade agreements are involved, politicians often find it too tedious and inconvenient to get things right on the front end, and so they kick the detailed points on any agreement down the road. Now Canadian...

Congressional Power Shuffle; Digital Food Safety; Synthetic Trouble

Congressional Power Shuffle Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey) is likely to take over the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade. This means he will be pivotal in the consideration of all matters related to U.S. trade policy. It is thus important to understand h...

Post-Election Forecast; Commodity and Trade Studies

Post-Election Forecast Divided government is coming to Washington, and it has both positives and negatives. Optimists envision the farm bill being completed this month or next with Republicans and Democrats then reaching compromises on big initiatives like infrastructure investment and immigrat...

The Resistance; NME Evidence; Midterm Ballot Measures

The Resistance The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report on antibiotic (AB) resistance and policies to slow the trend while increasing research on new drugs. One cannot sugarcoat the situation, and the report does a fair job of citing use by both humans an...

biofuel

2019 Biofuel Volumes Being Finalized

The final 2019 Required Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The statute requires that the volumes be published by 30 November. The EPA submitted its draft of the final rule to OMB on 31 October and pu...

China Offers Sugar High; U.S. Midterms to Disappoint; Future Biotech Rules; Sorry UK/Midterm Survey

China Offers Sugar High Western commercial companies are participating, but G-7 governments are skipping out on China’s International Import Expo in Shanghai this week. China is offering to import more products from abroad, and several African countries are excited about that. However, We...

Transatlantic Expectations; Crop of the Future; Updated Beef Age; Variable USMCA Hearings

Transatlantic Expectations EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is in Washington to meet with her U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, and discuss efforts to better harmonize regulations. She expressed the view that President Trump would not impose tariffs on European automobiles due to...

New Trade War Weapon

Only twice has a country filed a challenge in the WTO against another’s required notification of its domestic ag subsidies. The first was in May when the U.S. did so against India’s report on market support for wheat and rice during MY 2010/11-2013/14. The second time was yesterday...

False Rise of Small Ag; False Trade Revolt; Farm Bill Gamble; Provisional Brexit Deal

False Rise of Small Ag More Democrats than Republicans take a populist view toward American agriculture, and that means the current capitalist system will be under attack. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), a likely 2020 presidential candidate, has introduced legislation that would impose a mo...

Awkward Uniter; Future for Commodities

Awkward Uniter By being antagonistic, U.S. President Donald Trump is awkwardly uniting the world. His earlier attacks on NAFTA managed to boost support for it from both Democrats and Republicans. His threat to leave the pact created a political mentality in Washington of you “Don’t...

Senate Elections: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

It is now six days since the midterm elections, and several races still aren’t settled, including a few in the Senate of interest to the ag and food sector. Ballot counts continue in the Arizona race with a recount underway for the seat in Florida. Meanwhile, House Representative Kyrsten...

Election Impact on House Ag Committee

The change in party control of the House will have impacts on the makeup of the House Agriculture Committee; some won’t be major, and other changes are yet to unfold. One change, of course, will be a new chairman. The current ranking Democrat on the committee, Representative Collin Peters...

Devilish Details; Formosan Choice; Wife Beater II

Devilish Details Thoroughness in detail is both hard and time consuming. Whether laws or trade agreements are involved, politicians often find it too tedious and inconvenient to get things right on the front end, and so they kick the detailed points on any agreement down the road. Now Canadian...

Congressional Power Shuffle; Digital Food Safety; Synthetic Trouble

Congressional Power Shuffle Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey) is likely to take over the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Trade. This means he will be pivotal in the consideration of all matters related to U.S. trade policy. It is thus important to understand h...

Post-Election Forecast; Commodity and Trade Studies

Post-Election Forecast Divided government is coming to Washington, and it has both positives and negatives. Optimists envision the farm bill being completed this month or next with Republicans and Democrats then reaching compromises on big initiatives like infrastructure investment and immigrat...

The Resistance; NME Evidence; Midterm Ballot Measures

The Resistance The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report on antibiotic (AB) resistance and policies to slow the trend while increasing research on new drugs. One cannot sugarcoat the situation, and the report does a fair job of citing use by both humans an...

biofuel

2019 Biofuel Volumes Being Finalized

The final 2019 Required Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The statute requires that the volumes be published by 30 November. The EPA submitted its draft of the final rule to OMB on 31 October and pu...

China Offers Sugar High; U.S. Midterms to Disappoint; Future Biotech Rules; Sorry UK/Midterm Survey

China Offers Sugar High Western commercial companies are participating, but G-7 governments are skipping out on China’s International Import Expo in Shanghai this week. China is offering to import more products from abroad, and several African countries are excited about that. However, We...

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