Report looks at how avian flu is spread

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One of the big questions being asked during the recent avian influenza outbreak was how the virus was being spread. A new report from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says it was likely being transmitted in a number of ways.  The APHIS report says that while wild birds were probably responsible for… Read more »

TPP in limbo in wake of House vote

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Prospects for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement are uncertain following Friday’s rejection of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) in the House of Representatives. That vote against TAA prevents Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from advancing, which in turn could put the TPP negotiations in jeopardy. It’s anticipated Republicans will call for another vote on TAA, possibly… Read more »

Trade assistance measure may be reconsidered

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The House, in effect, rejected Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for President Obama on Friday, defeating Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a measure to help to those hurt by trade deals. House members subsequently passed TPA, however without the TAA provision, the bill would not be approved when it goes back to the Senate. Before adjournment Friday,… Read more »

House tanks TPA

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The House has in effect, rejected Trade Promotion Authority for the President.  In a surprise move, House Democrats helped defeat Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for those hurt by trade deals 302 to 126. The House then passed a Trade Promotion Authority bill 219 to 211 but without the TAA provision. The TPA bill would have to go… Read more »

Reaction to COOL repeal bill passage in House

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Two major U.S. livestock groups are applauding House passage of a bill to repeal Country of Origin (COOL) rules on beef, pork and poultry. The House voted 300 to 131 late Wednesday to repeal those meat labeling laws. “We’re pleased that the House voted to repeal the meat labeling requirements of COOL,” said National Pork Producers… Read more »

Senate committee passes WOTUS-redo bill

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More attempts to block the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule are moving forward in Congress. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has passed a bipartisan bill to make the EPA start over. The Federal Water Quality Protection Act “would send the Waters of the U.S. rule back to the EPA and require the… Read more »

Assessing the global avian influenza impact

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Rabobank issued its Poultry Quarterly report for Q2 this week.  The assessment takes a look at the global poultry market and the impact avian influenza is having on the market.  Animal Protein analyst Will Sawyer says trade bans and barriers are having as much of an influence on the market as the virus itself.  Some… Read more »

Both sides on COOL bill urge House leaders

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Both supporters and opponents of Country of Origin Labeling are pushing to get their point across as the U.S. House gets ready to vote on a bill that would repeal COOL. Nearly 300 ag groups sent a letter to House Ag Committee leaders saying it’s premature for Congress to “surrender to saber-rattling from our trading… Read more »

Syngenta rejects Monsanto’s second offer

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Syngenta has rejected a second offer from rival Monsanto to purchase the company saying it was just as inadequate as the first. Syngenta said the only difference from the offer in April was that Monsanto added an “inadequate reverse regulatory break fee.” Syngenta told Monsanto it had not taken seriously the regulatory risks involved that… Read more »

The U.S. is out of options and out of time

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The Canadian government is moving forward with retaliatory measures against the U.S. resulting from the latest WTO ruling on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Canada’s Minister of Agriculture says with the latest ruling the U.S. is out of options and out of time. Minister Ritz says based on calculations of annual damages caused by COOL,… Read more »