Trade Access, Mid-Terms – October 5, 2018

U.S. ‘locking up’ trade access to Canada and Mexico, says Perdue

Wheat and dairy groups on trade

Wheat and dairy groups were guarded in their assessments of the North American trade pact, while Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asserted on Thursday the agreement “is locking up two of our top three markets for the future.”

Farm bill negotiators link arms in kumbaya moment

The “big four” negotiators set a new target of mid-November to wrap up work on the 2018 farm bill during a half-hour meeting on Thursday, quashing partisan squabbling.

In the mid-terms, many Senate Ag panelists ‘safe’

With two screaming exceptions, it’s becoming safer and safer electorally to be a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in a farm bill year.


Another beef recall (USDA): JBS recalled 6.5 million pounds of ground beef after 57 people in 16 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning.

Florence’s CAFO effect (Environmental Working Group): A new interactive map details how much rain fell on North Carolina CAFOs and waste lagoons during Hurricane Florence.

Big Beer’s craft brand shrinks (Brewbound): Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing laid off 12 percent of its staff this week, at least 100 employees.

It’s compost, not trash can, for food scraps (Eater Austin): Starting this week, restaurants are required to turn their food scraps into compost in Austin, Texas, in the final phase of an ordinance that makes the city a zero-waste zone.

Wildlife managers are no longer law enforcers (The Hill): The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service abruptly ended a program that trained wildlife refuge managers to carry out law enforcement on federal lands and told the “dual-function” officers to stop carrying weapons. They will be replaced by a smaller number of full-time officers.

Insect allies or bioweapons? (AP): The military is funding research into possible use of insects to make plants more resilient to disease and pests by altering plant genes, but some experts say it would be difficult to control the tiny agents and the project could violate international agreements on biological weapons.

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