Biden launches non-traditional Indo-Pacific Economic Framework – May 24, 2022

Biden launches non-traditional Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

The United States and a dozen nations, from Japan in the north to Australia in the south, launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) on Monday, built on common interests in the digital economy, climate change, economic resilience and clean government. “The future of the 21st century economy is going to be largely written in the Indo-Pacific — in our region,” said President Biden in Tokyo.

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Forest Service halts prescribed burns temporarily

With drought throughout much of the U.S. West, the Forest Service will temporarily stop its use of prescribed burns and conduct a 90-day review of the practice, said Chief Randy Moore. The Forest Service has identified an escaped prescribed fire as the cause of the Hermits Peak Fire in New Mexico, reported the news and opinion site Wildfire Today.


Bird flu toll 38 million: Confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza among 57,000 turkeys at a Minnesota farm over the weekend raised the nationwide toll to 38.01 million birds in domestic flocks in outbreaks this year. (USDA)

Soy group endorses Hartzler: The Missouri Soybean Association endorsed Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican member of the House Agriculture Committee, for Senate in the crowded race to succeed retiring Sen. Roy Blunt; the state corn growers association also backs Hartzler. (MSA)

Trump silent on Valadao: California Rep. David Valadao was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump, but Trump “has not said a word publicly against him or his reelection bid” in an agricultural district in the Central Valley. (Los Angeles Times)

High-paying climate project: The Rural Investment to Protect Our Environment initiative applied for a USDA climate-smart grant with a plan to pay growers up to $100 an acre for planting cover crops or using no-till planting equipment. (Farm Progress)

Mar-Jac settles chicken charges: Mar-Jac Poultry agreed to pay $725,000 to settle charges in Washington State that it conspired to manipulate chicken prices and said it would cooperate in the ongoing litigation against 18 other processors. (Meat and Poultry)

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