Trade remains the top concern for American agriculture heading into 2020, with looming uncertainty about whether the Chinese will make promised increases in commodity purchases, and whether President Donald Trump will provide another round of trade assistance to U.S. producers.
Lawmakers are trying to wrap up deals this week on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and fiscal 2020 government spending while the Trump administration faces a self-imposed deadline for getting a partial trade agreement with China.
Alfredo Gutierrez is an agronomist and fifth-generation dairy farmer in the central region of Mexico, where he is in charge of animal health and nutrition, equipment, technology, and crop production. In this opinion piece, he discusses the repercussions of blocking glyphosate.
Warning letters sent by the Food and Drug Administration to 15 producers and sellers of CBD products show the agency is serious about enforcing current prohibitions on the marketing of goods containing cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive chemical contained in hemp.
CBD products are marketed almost everywhere these days, and hemp farmers are counting on this new, emerging market to bolster their revenues. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is stepping up its warnings on CBD in dietary supplements and food products
The Senate is looking to finish work on a package of spending bills funding USDA and other agencies important to agriculture, but it increasingly appears that Congress won’t reach a final agreement on fiscal 2020 until after the first of the year.