Final Approval on USMCA Delayed Til 2020 – December 11, 2019

A deal on USMCA, but final approval will wait until 2020


U.S. farmers and ranchers would see modest gains in food and agriculture exports under the revised North American trade agreement announced by the White House and House Democrats on Tuesday.


Poultry leads as U.S. meat consumption flies high

Despite a surge in sales of plant-based faux meat, Americans are consuming record amounts of meat and at the moment, poultry is driving the increase.


Johnson to step down after a decade as NFU leader

A longtime U.S. farm leader, Roger Johnson said on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election as president of the National Farmers Union when the group holds its annual convention on March 1-3 in Savannah, Georgia. 


A Blue New Deal (Warren): Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out her “Blue New Deal,” a plan for ocean policy and fisheries management under her administration.


A new salad outbreak (FDA): U.S. and Canadian health agencies are investigating the outbreak of food-borne illness linked to a company’s salad kits that contain romaine lettuce; the bacteria is different than the strain linked to romaine from the Salinas, California, region. 


Online groceries fail in rural areas (Modern Farmer): A test of online grocery shopping found the service was rarely available in rural food deserts, with 70 percent of rural tracts rated as “undeliverable” in a test of the idea, said researchers.


Fifteen will mean 15 this time (Reuters): Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who has accused the EPA of backsliding on biofuels, said administration officials assured him that the RFS for 2020 will carry out a September agreement for consumption of 15 billion gallons of ethanol.


Oceans losing oxygen (CBS News): The earth’s oceans are running out of oxygen and climate change, responsible for half of the oxygen loss in upper water levels, is exacerbating the problem, said a study released at the UN climate conference.

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