Pence tells Iowa, ‘I came … to turn up the heat’ on USMCA
Time is running short for President Trump to win congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement this year, with lawmakers set to work just eight weeks before adjourning in early December. Vice President Mike Pence called on House Democrats on Wednesday to set aside their “partisan impeachment” inquiry and approve the USMCA.
California sets Feb. 6 deadline to end sale of chlorpyrifos
An agreement between pesticide manufacturers and the California EPA will cut off sales of the insecticide chlorpyrifos on Feb. 6 and ban virtually all use of the chemical in the state after next Dec. 31. It offers a much speedier schedule for withdrawing the chemical from the market in the No. 1 agricultural state than initially expected.
Storms and hard freeze threaten corn and soybeans
A hard freeze is forecast across a significant portion of the western Corn Belt, with 14 percent of the U.S. corn crop and 5 percent of the soybean crop at risk of freeze damage, said forecaster Maxar on Wednesday.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
No progress on trade war (South China Morning Post): Chinese Vice Premier Liu He may limit trade negotiations with the Trump administration to one day, instead of the scheduled two, after working-level talks made no progress and the United States announced new sanctions against Chinese companies and government officials.
Toasty September for U.S. (NOAA): Americans sweltered last month, which tied with 2015 for the second-hottest September on record in the contiguous 48 states. The average temperature of 68.5 degrees Fahrenheit was 3.8 degrees higher than the 20th century average for the month.
Antibiotic resistance in marine mammals (High Country News): Half of 38 seals and porpoises sampled by researchers in the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest carried antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 12 had bacteria resistant to at least two antibiotics, say researchers.
On patrol for diseased pigs (Wall Street Journal): South Korean soldiers are under orders to shoot or capture wild hogs that cross the border with North Korea in case they carry the virus that causes the highly contagious and deadly African swine fever, believed to be widespread in the North and confirmed on 13 farms in the South.
Farming and women’s health (Harvest Public Media): Although women play an active role in more than half of U.S. farming operations, in a physically demanding occupation that carries the risk of zoonotic disease and pesticide exposure, fewer than half of rural hospitals offer reproductive care.