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Brazil Suing Former JBS Chairman

Dan Industry News Release

Brazil’s President is suing the former JBS board chairman and majority shareholder. President Michel Temer filed two lawsuits this week against Joesley Batista for slander and moral damages, after Batista was quoted in an interview saying Temer is “the head of the most dangerous criminal organization in Brazil.” Batista gave details in a magazine interview of the bribery scheme with …

Swedberg Named to Farm Foundation Board

Dan Industry News Release

Retired Hormel Foods executive Joe Swedberg will lead the Farm Foundation board of directors. Swedberg was reelected earlier this month to serve on Farm Foundation’s board of directors and chair the organization’s board of trustees. Farm Foundation is an agricultural policy institute founded in 1933. The Foundation works to bring stakeholders together to discuss evolving issues, explore options to address …

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U.S., U.K to Explore Trade Agreement

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The United States and the United Kingdom are set to explore a potential trade deal following a meeting of trade officials. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with his British counterpart this week to discuss the groundwork for a potential bilateral trade agreement between the U.S. and the U.K., according to Politico. However, any deal with the U.K. cannot be …

water rights

Water Rights Protection Act Offers Relief from Federal Water Extortion

Dan Industry News Release, Legislative, Water

The Water Rights Protection Act, introduced in the House, could bring U.S. ranchers much-needed relief from ongoing efforts by the federal government to extort privately held water rights from law-abiding citizens, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s time to put a stop to federal strong-arming of ranchers by a government that owns the majority of the land for …

bovine turberculosis

Ranchers Sue USDA to Renew Country of Origin Labeling

Brian German Cattle, General

Ranchers in Spokane, Washington filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday seeking a reinstatement of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) on meat.  The suit heralds the sentiment of many California ranchers and contends that the labeling is essential for transparency and to allow Americans to support smaller, family-owned ranches. The lawsuit was brought about by the …

Nitrogen Levels in Navel Oranges

Brian German Citrus, Industry News Release

Citrus demands for nitrogen are greatest from bloom through June, making spring the best time to apply supplemental nitrogen fertilizer to navel oranges.  Growers typically apply between 1/10 and 1/4 of their annual nitrogen requirement foliarly, in pre-bloom and post-bloom low-biuret urea sprays. Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Craig Kallsen has been researching the amount of nitrogen a mature navel orange …

e10

Mexico Adopts E10 Fuels

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

Mexico will allow 10 percent ethanol blends of fuel, according to a recent announcement by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission. The announcement modifies standards for fuel blending from a maximum amount of ethanol at 5.8 percent to the 10 percent level. The change comes as part of ongoing energy reforms in Mexico and follows input from stakeholders in the government, …

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Perdue Hosting Mexico, Canada Counterparts in Georgia

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday is playing host to his counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Perdue’s home state. Canada’s Trade Minister and Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture will join Perdue for a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority and a farm tour. The trilateral meeting is the first time the three will hold meetings since President Donald Trump triggered renegotiation …

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White House Names Ag Trade Negotiator Nominee

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

President Donald Trump is nominating a former Senate Agriculture Committee aide and agriculture industry economist as the chief agricultural negotiator from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. The White House confirmed Gregg Doud (Dowd) as the nominee. Doud is currently the president of the Commodity Markets Council, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. He worked for the Senate Agriculture Committee between 2011 …

bilateral trade

New Zealand, U.S. Bilateral Trade Talks Far Off

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English says bilateral trade talks between New Zealand and the U.S. are not likely anytime soon. His comments follow meetings between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay last week. English says that given how the U.S. has framed trade policy as largely benefiting the U.S., that it “would be …

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APHIS to Allow Importation of Fresh Pitahaya Fruit from Ecuador

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the fruits and vegetable regulations to allow the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit into the continental United States from Ecuador.  APHIS scientists have determined that fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador can be safely imported to the United States while continuing to provide protection against the …

If It Smells Like a Petunias or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

from USDA Agricultural Research Service A scent that petunias and snapdragons release to attract pollinators may be an environmentally friendly control for pests like the spotted wing drosophila fly (SWD) and the brown marmorated stink bug. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Aijun Zhang discovered the fragrant chemical methyl benzoate, which is also a popular ingredient approved by the U.S. Food and …

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USDA Announces $20 Million for Jobs for Young People, Veterans

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

USDA and partners committed $20 million in 21st Century Conservation Service Corps partnership agreements to provide 4,000 work opportunities for youth, young adults and veterans up to 35 years old, a move that will help the U.S. Forest Service accomplish mission-critical infrastructure and landscape restoration projects on the ground. The U.S. Forest Service is one of seventeen USDA Agencies. The …

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Feed a Bee Announces Coast-to-Coast Recipients for $500,000 Pollinator Forage Initiative

Dan Field & Row Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

Bayer Feed a Bee program celebrates National Pollinator Week by kicking off an initiative to support forage projects in all 50 states In the spirit of true National Pollinator Week celebration, Bayer announced the first round of organizations that will receive funding to establish forage for pollinators across the nation. Nearly 100 projects were submitted in response to the request …