The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the insecticide sulfoxaflor for use on corn, cotton, sorghum and citrus, as well as other crops, the agency announced Friday, saying it had concluded the chemical posed no significant risk to bees and that alternatives to the chemical are worse for the environment.
Grain traders are still unsure of actual planted cropland after USDA dropped planted corn acres estimates by just over 1 million in its June Acreage report Friday. Many traders find that difficult to believe after farmers in the eastern Corn Belt struggled to plant a crop this spring.
U.S. and Chinese negotiators are in Beijing this week trying to strike agreements to end the countries’ trade war, but the damage has already been done for the U.S. ag sector and farmers say some of it is irreversible.
Cotton growers have been patient with President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, by far their most important customer. After all, they’ve had their own frustrations with China for years. But cotton growers say that patience is running short as planting season nears.
The partial government shutdown that has shuttered much of USDA, the Interior Department and other agencies heads into its third week amid weekend discussions over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funding.
Lawmakers face a packed agenda when the new Congress begins on Thursday, starting with finding a resolution to the government shutdown that hit USDA, the Interior Department and other departments and agencies in December.