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Taj Mahal Chicken Coups; Starving for Health; Climate and Trade Wars; E15 Push

Taj Mahal Chicken Coups California voters are once again set to roil agricultural producers elsewhere in the nation as they vote 6 November on Proposition 12. Pushed by animal rights advocates who are outspending opponents, it would mandate specific growing conditions such as enlarged spaces fo...

U.S.-India Trade Negotiations

According to President Trump, his take-no-prisoners trade strategy has spurred promising trade talks with India. He said while on the stump in South Dakota,  “India called us the other day. They said they would like to start doing a trade deal, first time.”  India’s...

Sino-American Trade War II; Undermining China; Most Challenging; More FDA Plaudits

Sino-American Trade War II U.S. President Donald Trump says he will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of imports from China, perhaps this week. He is tempering his attack by cutting the tariffs from an earlier 25 percent to just 10 percent. The Chinese have responded by saying...

biofuel

It’s E15 Season Again

Yesterday was 16 September, which means that retailers can sell E15 again. Because of the evaporative volatility, it is not sold during the period of 1 June-15 September. However, the Trump administration is looking at granting a waiver for year-round sales, which could come prior to the Novemb...

biofuel

RFS Issues Ahead

The EPA is busy with renewable fuel issues. It is reviewing comments on the proposed volume obligations for 2019, which will be finalized by 30 November, and considering a year-round waiver for E15 that it is expected to propose, perhaps before the 2018 elections. The agency is also dealing wit...

Trade Policy Mixer; Developing Country Risks; Farm Bill and Crisis

Trade Policy Mixer China: President Donald Trump has reportedly ordered the Treasury Department to move forward with punitive duties on an additional $200 billion worth of imports from China. No one is expecting the trade war to end anytime soon. Iran: The EU is creating a “special purpos...

Formulaic Trade War; Squeeze on the House; Hypocritical Food Angst

Formulaic Trade War Ahead of a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing today on U.S. agricultural trade, USDA released the formula it used to calculate compensation under its trade mitigation package. Corn growers were upset that the formula results in just $0.01/bushel. USDA officials admitted th...

Down with the U.S. Dollar; Misreading Africa; Weltpolitikfähigkeit

Down with the U.S. Dollar European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker is not the first, but he is the most significant world leader to propose shedding the use of the U.S. dollar in financial transactions. Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president to use the USD’s dominance in transac...

biofuel

Looking at RFS Waiver Reallocation

One of the most controversial EPA actions over the past year has been the granting of hardship waivers for small refiners. Biofuel groups have complained that the waivers have been a de facto reduction in the Required Volume Obligations (RVOs), which is accurate, and they pressed hard prior to...

Trade Policy Roundup; Fooltrition; Meatdoption

Trade Policy Roundup NAFTA: U.S. and Canadian trade negotiators are working hard and earnestly to reach a bilateral agreement. The Teamsters (trucking) Union factions from both countries are advising the U.S. to relent on its demand for access to Canada’s dairy market and for Canada to gi...

Ag Appropriations Skips House and Goes to Conference

The race is on to pass up to 12 appropriations bills before FY 2019 starts on 1 October. However, appropriations will probably instead be provided by a comprehensive bill (i.e., either a continuing resolution that extends current funding or an omnibus bill that could change baseline spending le...

Transatlantic Technical Barriers; African Ag Reform; A WTO Agenda

Transatlantic Technical Barrier Mashup Brussels is reportedly and understandably cautious about trade negotiations with the Trump administration. Worse, there is a huge chasm about what will even be negotiated. Washington wants to talk about agriculture and technical barriers; Brussels not so m...

Taj Mahal Chicken Coups; Starving for Health; Climate and Trade Wars; E15 Push

Taj Mahal Chicken Coups California voters are once again set to roil agricultural producers elsewhere in the nation as they vote 6 November on Proposition 12. Pushed by animal rights advocates who are outspending opponents, it would mandate specific growing conditions such as enlarged spaces fo...

U.S.-India Trade Negotiations

According to President Trump, his take-no-prisoners trade strategy has spurred promising trade talks with India. He said while on the stump in South Dakota,  “India called us the other day. They said they would like to start doing a trade deal, first time.”  India’s...

Sino-American Trade War II; Undermining China; Most Challenging; More FDA Plaudits

Sino-American Trade War II U.S. President Donald Trump says he will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of imports from China, perhaps this week. He is tempering his attack by cutting the tariffs from an earlier 25 percent to just 10 percent. The Chinese have responded by saying...

biofuel

It’s E15 Season Again

Yesterday was 16 September, which means that retailers can sell E15 again. Because of the evaporative volatility, it is not sold during the period of 1 June-15 September. However, the Trump administration is looking at granting a waiver for year-round sales, which could come prior to the Novemb...

biofuel

RFS Issues Ahead

The EPA is busy with renewable fuel issues. It is reviewing comments on the proposed volume obligations for 2019, which will be finalized by 30 November, and considering a year-round waiver for E15 that it is expected to propose, perhaps before the 2018 elections. The agency is also dealing wit...

Trade Policy Mixer; Developing Country Risks; Farm Bill and Crisis

Trade Policy Mixer China: President Donald Trump has reportedly ordered the Treasury Department to move forward with punitive duties on an additional $200 billion worth of imports from China. No one is expecting the trade war to end anytime soon. Iran: The EU is creating a “special purpos...

Formulaic Trade War; Squeeze on the House; Hypocritical Food Angst

Formulaic Trade War Ahead of a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing today on U.S. agricultural trade, USDA released the formula it used to calculate compensation under its trade mitigation package. Corn growers were upset that the formula results in just $0.01/bushel. USDA officials admitted th...

Down with the U.S. Dollar; Misreading Africa; Weltpolitikfähigkeit

Down with the U.S. Dollar European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker is not the first, but he is the most significant world leader to propose shedding the use of the U.S. dollar in financial transactions. Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president to use the USD’s dominance in transac...

biofuel

Looking at RFS Waiver Reallocation

One of the most controversial EPA actions over the past year has been the granting of hardship waivers for small refiners. Biofuel groups have complained that the waivers have been a de facto reduction in the Required Volume Obligations (RVOs), which is accurate, and they pressed hard prior to...

Trade Policy Roundup; Fooltrition; Meatdoption

Trade Policy Roundup NAFTA: U.S. and Canadian trade negotiators are working hard and earnestly to reach a bilateral agreement. The Teamsters (trucking) Union factions from both countries are advising the U.S. to relent on its demand for access to Canada’s dairy market and for Canada to gi...

Ag Appropriations Skips House and Goes to Conference

The race is on to pass up to 12 appropriations bills before FY 2019 starts on 1 October. However, appropriations will probably instead be provided by a comprehensive bill (i.e., either a continuing resolution that extends current funding or an omnibus bill that could change baseline spending le...

Transatlantic Technical Barriers; African Ag Reform; A WTO Agenda

Transatlantic Technical Barrier Mashup Brussels is reportedly and understandably cautious about trade negotiations with the Trump administration. Worse, there is a huge chasm about what will even be negotiated. Washington wants to talk about agriculture and technical barriers; Brussels not so m...

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