‘Patriot farmers’ urge Trump to act on ethanol
As recently as Wednesday, President Trump lauded farmers as “great patriots” for their forbearance in the face of ag exports lost due to the Sino-U.S. trade war. A handful of corn and soybean farmers active in biofuels policy said on Thursday that there is less patience in farm country for the administration’s handling of the ethanol mandate.
Judge will give DOJ more time to build case in poultry price-fixing suit
The District Court judge overseeing a massive price-fixing lawsuit against chicken companies said on Wednesday that he would extend a stay of discovery in that case to make way for a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice.
USDA announces bonus payments for prevented planting
Farmers are in line for a “top-up” payment of up to 15 percent if they received a prevented-planting indemnity from crop insurers this year due to flooding or excessive rainfall, said the USDA on Thursday.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Senate passes bill with Trump tariff payments (FERN’s Ag Insider): On an 81-16 roll call vote, the Senate passed a stopgap spending bill that includes funding for trade war payments to farmers. The replenishment of the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. was part of a bill to keep the government running until Nov. 21.
Big donation for climate research (Los Angeles Times): California billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick, reputed to be America’s largest farmers and known for Pom Wonderful juice, gave $750 million to Caltech for research into climate change and sustainability.
Grain giant feels trade war pain (Wall Street Journal): Executives at Cargill say there could be long-lasting changes to international food trading as a result of the U.S.-China trade war, which has already helped sink the grain company’s margins by 10 percent this year.
Wine’s future in a drier world (New York Times): As the climate becomes more unpredictable and global temperatures rise, scientists are exploring techniques for growing grapes in Israel’s Negev Desert.
Global wheat crop will set record (IGC): Growers around the world will harvest their second record-setting wheat crop in two years, with production forecast at 764 million tonnes this season, a scant 2 million tonnes larger than the current record, set in 2017/18.
Peru wins award for nutrition label (Food Navigator): A UN task force awarded its prize for Outstanding Ministries of Health to Peru for the country’s mandatory nutrition warning labels for products high in salt, sugar, and saturated fat or that contain trans fats.