China deal may be signed January 15

January 9, 2020

President Trump said he planned to sign a trade deal with high-level Chinese representatives Jan. 15. Vice-Premier Liu He will reportedly head China’s delegation. This “Phase 1” agreement commits China to purchase $32 billion in …

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Japan agreement takes effect

January 9, 2020

With Japan’s approval process complete, the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement took effect Jan. 1. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said, “U.S. farmers and ranchers will have significantly improved access to Japan’s market.” For agriculture, the agreement …

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Crafting sustainability programs in the field

January 9, 2020

The farmer cooperative approach UEP is a member of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC), which recently published a Field Guide for Farmer Cooperatives’ Sustainability Programs. The Field Guide explains why an operation might …

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FSIS guidance on labeling

January 9, 2020

Non-GMO labels The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has finalized a guidance document for claims that bioengineered ingredients or animal feed were not used in meat, poultry or egg products. FSIS provides sample claims, …

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CDFA released draft document on Proposition 12

January 9, 2020

Draft document sheds light on agency current thinking The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released DRAFT documents on Proposition 12 prior to official rulemaking to increase public participation and improve the quality of …

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