Perdue puts his ‘Sonnyside’ on display as podcaster
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will release the first episode of his own podcast today — a chat with former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who describes how much President Trump “loves America’s farmers and ranchers.”
Ahead of trade talks, Trump asks China to investigate Biden family
With Sino-U.S. trade talks scheduled to resume next week, President Trump said on Thursday that “China should start an investigation into the Bidens.” He also said his administration was “looking at a lot of different things” to increase pressure on China to resolve the trade war.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Ethanol package appears imminent (Reuters): On Friday, the White House is expected to announce a biofuels package that includes a higher ethanol mandate and increased use of E15 — boons for farm groups and ethanol makers — as well as a cap on the price of the credits, known as RINs, that refiners must buy if they do not blend enough ethanol into gasoline, according to four sources.
New grocery delivery players (Wall Street Journal): DoorDash and Postmates are moving into the grocery delivery space, hiking competition in the sector for delivery giants Amazon, Instacart, and Peapod.
Faster line speeds at chicken plants (ProPublica): Poultry plants, including facilities with poor safety records where workers have been grievously injured, are being granted permission from the USDA to hike their processing line speeds.
U.S. sets 25 percent tariffs on some EU ag goods (USTR): After winning a WTO case over EU subsidies to Airbus, the Trump administration said it would apply tariffs of 10 percent on large aircraft and 25 percent on an array of EU agricultural products, including whiskey, meat, cheese, and wine.
When the grocery store closes (Stateline): Some states are trying to tackle the “grocery gaps” that are created when local food stores close, although every town is different and there are fundamental concerns about interfering in market dynamics.