Speaker Ryan says SNAP work requirement vital for U.S. growth
With time short for agreement on the farm bill, House Republicans are insisting on a stronger work requirement as a condition of eligibility for SNAP. Over the weekend, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “[H]aving a work requirement in food stamps, having an education requirement in food stamps, is the best possible way” to put Americans to work.
To get NAFTA, Canada must drop Class 7 dairy scheme, says Perdue
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue described a potential tri-national agreement on a new NAFTA as the start of a domino effect in rewriting U.S. relations with trading partners around world.
Disease hitting Chinese hogs sure to spread in Asia
China, the world’s leading hog producer, has culled nearly 40,000 hogs in its attempts to stop African swine fever since the disease, deadly for hogs but no threat to humans, was spotted on its farms last month.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
More bid time for ERS and NIFA (USDA): Universities and localities will have until Oct. 15, rather than the original deadline of Friday, to submit “expressions of interest” to be the new home of two USDA statistical agencies that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has decided to move out of Washington.
Two weeks in jail for Papadopoulos (New York Times): A federal judged sentenced former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to 14 days in jail for lying to FBI agents about contacts with Russian intermediaries.
Food price index holds steady (FAO): The price of cereal grains went up, but sugar and vegetable oils declined, with the net result that the food price index was virtually unchanged in August.
Bill would require reallocation of RFS waivers (DTN/Progressive Farmer):Two midwestern lawmakers filed a bill to force EPA, when it issues a hardship waiver exempting a small-volume refinery from the RFS, to reallocate the gallons to other refiners to prevent a back-door reduction in the RFS.
Slow-speed internet equals lost income (Illinois Newsroom): Grain merchandiser Gary Smith, who works for a grain elevator in downstate Illinois, says a slow internet connection to the fast-moving Chicago futures markets can be costly.
It’s Monsanto movie time (CBC): Twenty years ago, Monsanto and Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser tangled in an epic court case over GMO canola seeds that were growing on the farmer’s land, but that he did not buy. Christopher Walken is the lead in a feature film being shot in Winninpeg that relives the battle.
ON THE USDA CALENDAR
– Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, also known as the Day of Remembrance because it is a time of penitence and prayer.
– Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks at annual meeting of National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, 9:45 a.m. ET, Hartford, Connecticut. The NASDA meeting runs through Wednesday.
– Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tours the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, under construction at Kansas State University, and holds a news conference with Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, 12:30 p.m. CT.
– Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tours a cranberry bog at Greene Company, 1:30 p.m. ET, Coventry, Rhode Island.
– USDA issues weekly Crop Progress report, 4 p.m. ET.
– An expected 350 members of the National Farmers Union attend the annual Fall Fly-In to meet USDA officials and lawmakers, through Friday, Washington.
– USDA releases monthly Crop Production and WASDE reports, noon ET. Analysts expect USDA will raise by 1 percent its forecast of a record-large soybean crop and its forecast of the largest-ever soybean carry-over supply, while marking marginal changes in its forecast of the third-largest corn crop on record.
– Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. chief agricultural negotiator Gregg Doud are among administration officials to speak to NFU Fly-In participants, Washington.
– Census Bureau releases annual Income and Poverty in the United States report, 10 a.m. ET, Washington.
– The AGree farm policy project hosts a discussion, “Agriculture data: Improving productivity while protecting privacy,” with five speakers from government, academia and agriculture.
– National Pork Producers Council hosts fall Legislative Action Conference, through Thursday. The group expects around 125 participants. Producers will lobby congressional lawmakers on issues of importance to the U.S. pork industry, including asking them to urge the Trump administration to pursue bilateral trade agreements, to rescind regulations detrimental to agriculture, adopt a visa reform package addressing the agricultural labor shortage and to support establishing and funding a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank.
– Natural Products Expo East, through Saturday, Baltimore.
– Founders of the 30X30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge host a day-long forum in San Francisco that brings “together farmers and ranchers, foresters, chefs, indigenous peoples, business leaders, elected officials and more who are committed to better land use in the fight against climate change.”
– Chief U.S. agricultural trade negotiator Gregg Doud, Agriculture Undersecretary Ted McKinney and USDA chief economist Rob Johansson testify at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, “Perspectives on U.S. agricultural trade.”
– USDA releases monthly Oil Crops Outlook and Cotton and Wool Outlook, noon ET.
– USDA releases monthly Rice Outlook, Wheat Outlook and Feed Outlook, 3 p.m. ET.
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