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The Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing Thursday to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on the technology used to produce meat in a laboratory and discuss regulations related to the technology. Dr. Dan Kovich, director of science and technology for the National Pork Producers Council, attended the hearing. “Well, it certainly was very interesting.  I think that’s safe to say,” says Kovich. “Although  we vigorously dispute the fact that FDA will have final jurisdiction over any products that may result from this process, it really was the first time that everyone was together in one room to kind of talk about...
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As the trade war continues to heat up, the USDA has promised a relief package to help farmers who have been impacted.  Those details have been kept under wraps.  David Widmar with Agricultural Economic Insights says the ongoing trade disputes have put a damper on commodity markets and have again strained farm budgets. Widmar provides a broad overview of general program mechanics and how they might work to provide support to farmers. AUDIO: David Widmar, Agricultural Economist Continue reading Support for farmers impacted by tariffs at Brownfield Ag News.
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Monsanto held a conference call with reporters this morning to provide a mid-season update on dicamba.  Participating in the call were Ryan Rubischko, North America dicamba portfolio lead for Monsanto; Ty Witten, North America crop protection lead for Monsanto; and growers from Missouri and Texas who have applied XtendiMax. AUDIO: Excerpts from Monsanto dicamba update conference call Continue reading Monsanto’s mid-season dicamba update at Brownfield Ag News.
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension policy specialist Brad Lubben discusses next steps for the farm bill and issues that will have to be resolved by the farm bill conference committee, including SNAP reform and payment limitations. AUDIO: Brad Lubben Continue reading What’s next for the farm bill? at Brownfield Ag News.
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The impact of China’s retaliatory tariffs was reflected in the latest supply and demand report from the USDA. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson says soybeans have been negatively impacted. “Exports of whole beans is done by about 250 million  bushels,” he says. The USDA says pork trade forecasts are unchanged despite an increase in production at a time when tariffs are in place. Johannsson says lower prices are helping to… “Increased demand for pork across global consumers,” he says. Continue reading Tariff impact reflected in supply and demand report at Brownfield Ag News.
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“Animal liberation” was the focus of a recent national meeting of animal rights activists in California. The Animal Agriculture Alliance had a representative at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles. Alliance spokesperson Hannah Thompson-Weeman says conference speakers made it clear their objective is the liberation of animals, not enhancing animal welfare. “They talked about opening up all the cages and emptying out all the farms—bending the law and extrapolating the limits of the law in order to advance their goals,” says Thompson-Weeman. Continue reading ‘Animal liberation’ is the focus of animal rights conference at Brownfield Ag News.
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How will the USDA estimate tariff damages to farmers? “We have analytical procedures that can give us some idea but it’s really going to be really hard,” says Carl Zulauf, Ohio State ag economist. US Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue continues to say there will be help for farmers hurt by the trade disruptions, “I’ve kind of set a deadline for myself, not for anyone else, as Labor Day. That if we can’t have some resolution on trade by Labor Day then we need to look at mitigation procedures and protections for ag producers that really have a negative impact of trade on...
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A recent Food and Drug Administration hearing on lab-produced meat may have been the first volley in a potential “turf war” over regulation of the new technology. Danielle Beck of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, who attended the meeting, says FDA officials made their position clear—they believe they should have regulatory authority over lab-produced meat products. But Beck says NCBA believes that jurisdiction lies with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Continue reading Potential ‘turf war’ over who regulates lab-produced meat at Brownfield Ag News.
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