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USDA Seeks Input on New Ethanol Sales Infrastructure Incentive Program

The Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it is seeking public input to help with the creation of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The new program, according to USDA, will expand the availability of...

USTR offers China Agreement Details

Documents released by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office offers details into the agriculture provisions in the U.S.-China phase one trade agreement. USTR Robert Lighthizer says China will purchase and import, on average, at least...

GAO to Audit SRE’s Following Request

The Government Accountability Office will review the Trump Administration’s biofuel small refinery exemptions, following a request from lawmakers. Representative Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Northeast Iowa, says, “Granting more than 80 small refinery exemption...

Trump to Attend AFBF Convention

President Donald Trump will again join the American Farm Bureau Federation for its annual convention. The 101st AFBF Annual Convention and Trade Show runs January 17-22 in Austin, Texas. President Trump is scheduled to...

Beef Quality Assurance Program Continues Growth

The Beef Quality Assurance program continues to grow significantly, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA reports there are now more than 100,000 cattle producers certified through the BQA online learning system. The...

Bad News for U.S. Beef/Chicken in Potential U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal

The U.S. beef and poultry industries got some bad news through a recent article on BBC Dot Com. Chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef will be kept out of the United Kingdom under any potential...

Corn and Soybean Harvest Results Higher Than Expected in January WASDE Report

The January Word Ag Supply and Demand Estimate numbers show that the final 2019 corn yield came in at an average of 168 bushels per acre, nearly two full bushels above industry estimates. Total...

Trump Announces National Environmental Policy Act Changes

President Donald Trump Thursday announced new proposed regulations to implement the National Environmental Policy Act. Trump says the announcement is part of his effort of “fixing this regulatory nightmare,” in which projects are delayed...

USDA, FDA, EPA Launch Website for Biotechnology Regulation

A joint-agency venture launched the Unified Website for Biotechnology Regulation Thursday. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency announced the website, which streamlines information about the three regulatory agencies...

First 2020 Drought Monitor Released

The first weekly Drought Monitor of 2020 shows dry conditions in Texas, the Four Corners states, and the Pacific Northwest. Released Thursday, the report shows moderate to severe drought continues across southwest Oklahoma and...

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