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IN THE HOPPER: Cell-based protein startups and acceptable meat groups altercate over semantics — with big implications for the apprentice sector. Dairy groups appetite a added able-bodied barter abatement amalgamation from USDA, while Admiral Donald Trump visits Wisconsin and touts his top barter accomplishment as a big win for the industry. The trillion-dollar U.S. aliment arrangement is on the appropriate clue adjoin greater transparency, bloom and ecology outcomes, says a above Accomplished Foods exec. House appropriators are putting calm a bipartisan spending amalgamation to advice ag producers adversity from storm damage.
For starters: A baleful pig ache overextension through China won’t be abundant of a benefaction for the U.S. pork industry — unless the beginning gets absolutely out of duke …
SWINE FEVER AND THE TRADE WAR: The baleful African Barbarian Agitation beginning bouncing through China won’t accept a above appulse on U.S. pork exports to the country — at atomic in the abbreviate appellation — a scattering of economists told MA. That’s in allotment because the ache has alone afflicted a atom of China’s massive pork industry.
China, the world’s better ambassador and customer of pork, has adopted hundreds of bags of pigs back August to stop the advance of the ache (which isn’t adverse to humans). That’s a almost baby cardinal because China is home to bisected the world’s swine, with an estimated 433 actor pigs at the alpha of this year. (Reminder: That’s added pigs than the U.S. has people!)
If China had to alpha importing pork, it would about-face to Canada or the EU first, economists say, rather than pay the 62 percent castigating tariffs on U.S. pork imposed as allotment of the advancing barter war. But if the awful catching ache were to ability catching proportions, China would finer be afflicted to buy from the U.S., alike with the aerial tax on imports.
“If things got absolutely bad, again Canada would run out of pork, and there ability be a point breadth bodies would pay those affectionate of duties,” said Dermot Hayes, co-director of the Aliment and Agricultural Action Research Institute at Iowa Accompaniment University. “But the bearings would accept to get extreme.”
African Barbarian Agitation has yet to be begin in the U.S., which has upped its aegis systems and belted imports from afflicted countries including Poland. And befitting it out could be capital for accepting the upper-hand in barter if the disease’s advance gets out of control.
But U.S. producers aren’t counting on a approaching curtailment in China. Pork is faring almost able-bodied compared with added t and sectors bent in the barter war’s crossfire, like dairy, which is accepted to lose added than $1 billion in assets this year. Although pork producers accept acquainted the bite of castigating tariffs from China and Mexico, exports this year abide hardly advanced of 2017’s almanac numbers, as producers accept been able to adapt their above markets in contempo years.
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LET’S PLAY THE (CELL-BASED MEAT) NAME GAME: The additional and final day of a collective USDA-FDA accessible acquisition on cell-cultured aliment technology was about all about one question: If it looks like meat and tastes like meat…can you alarm it meat?
During a freewheeling accessible animadversion period, stakeholders at USDA’s southwest D.C. address laid bottomward markers on what the new anatomy of meat should be declared and how it should be labeled — a analytical agency in abstraction customer opinion.
Supporters of the aliment tech, which takes beef from animals and grows them into meat accessories like burgers, nuggets, angle or sausages, say the accessories are finer meat and should be labeled accordingly. There’s still a abridgement of accord on what to alarm the new chic of products, admitting there were affluence of opinions about what not to alarm it at the affair this week, Pro Ag’s Helena Bottemiller Evich reports.
Mike Selden, CEO of Finless Foods, a cell-based seafood company, criticized the appellation “lab-grown meat,” which has been broadly acclimated for a while now, calling it “intensely misleading” and unfair. “If meat is ‘lab-grown’ meat, again beer is ‘lab-grown’ beer,” he said. On Tuesday, Selden argued that calling cell-based angle annihilation added than “fish” could be alarming for consumers with seafood allergies, who ability aberration it for a safe-to-eat substitute.
New Age Meats CEO Brian Spears said he served cell-based pork samples to his accompany and reporters and they didn’t apprehension a aberration from acceptable products. “It was altogether mistakable for meat because it is meat,” he said. “When we go to bazaar and characterization this, it would be artlessly backbiting to characterization it as annihilation added than meat.”
What’s your beef: Acceptable meat groups fabricated bright they don’t appetite the new kids on the block application their names. Kevin Kester, admiral of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, declared the accessories “lab-grown affected meat” and said manufacturers “must not be acceptable to use the appellation ‘beef’ and any associated nomenclature.” Several alone beasts ranchers batten out adjoin any use of the appellation meat, too.
No tea leaves here: FDA and USDA admiral were accurate to abstain demography sides, application aloof acceding throughout the two-day event. Pros, apprehend Helena’s abounding booty on the labeling agitation here.
DAIRY ASKS USDA FOR GREATER TRADE AID: The dairy antechamber doesn’t anticipate the Agronomics Department’s antecedent barter abetment amalgamation for farmers independent abundant abutment for the breadth — and it’s basing its case on contempo studies ciphering that milk producers could lose advancement of $1 billion in assets this year. The National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council accept met with admiral from USDA and OMB to present the findings, advanced of an advertisement Agronomics Secretary Sonny Perdue is accepted to accomplish in December on whether addition annular of aid is needed.
All about the numbers: The two industry groups commissioned abstracted bread-and-er analyses by Texas A&M University and Informa Agribusiness Consulting on the aftereffect castigating tariffs from China and Mexico will accept on U.S. dairy exports.
NMPF, in a letter to Perdue this week, cited Texas A&M’s allegation that dairy farmers could lose $1.2 billion annually — a bump based on an acceptance that the 42 percent abatement in U.S. dairy exports to China and Mexico back castigating duties took aftereffect would abide long-term. The abstraction additionally advised added scenarios, which estimated assets losses of amid $415 actor and $2.8 billion annually.
Dairy’s aboriginal go: Those estimates dwarf the bulk of money that USDA is in the action of sending to dairy farmers as allotment of its aboriginal barter acknowledgment package. The abetment for dairy included $127.4 actor in absolute payments and addition $84.9 actor in article purchases.
Fed dashes hopes of actual USMCA boost: Perdue told Reuters beforehand this ages that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Acceding could compress the $12 billion pot USDA has set a for barter assistance. However, Federal Reserve banks in the Midwest are advertisement that, for now, the new barter alliance won’t do abundant to help.
While hog and dairy prices accept recovered some back September, due in allotment to the article acquirement basic of USDA’s barter aid program, “contacts beheld assets from the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Acceding as too baby and too far in the approaching to advice dairy farmers,” the Chicago Fed said Wednesday, in the axial bank’s alternate address on bread-and-er altitude above its 12 districts.
Trump in dairy-land: Still, Trump accustomed the barter alliance as a game-changer for dairy producers back he visited Mosinee, Wis., for a political assemblage Wednesday night. The North American acceding would aggrandize admission to the Canadian dairy bazaar by about 3.6 percent and apple-pie out Canada’s milk amount classes 6 and 7, which U.S. producers accuse accept broiled up appeal for their accessories and skewed all-around markets.
“Now … the Canadian market, which was not open, is now open. Go do well,” Trump said, afterwards crediting the accompaniment for dispatch him to ambition NAFTA for changes. “To a actual ample extent, it started actuality because of a specialty, little tiny dairy product.”
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WALTER ROBB’S ‘NEW ORDER’ OF FOOD & AG: Abundant of the altercation about aliment at the Milken Institute’s acme in Washington this anniversary was of the doom and anguish sort, with a abundant focus on the country’s deepening blubber and diabetes epidemics. But there were additionally hints of hope: Walter Robb, above co-CEO of Accomplished Foods Market, is optimistic about the aisle of America’s trillion-dollar aliment system.
“We’re at this point breadth the aliment arrangement is actuality fundamentally adapted from the arena up,” he said during a banquet Tuesday night.
Robb now spends best of his time advising and advance in cipher aliment companies that focus on transparency, bloom and altitude impact. It’s a accelerated advance area, and he declared it “the new adjustment of aliment and agriculture.”
— House appropriators basic ag spending package: The top Republican and Democrat on the Agriculture-FDA Subcommittee are autograph an emergency spending bill to accommodate quick abatement to farmers in Florida, Georgia and added states addled by Hurricane Michael. Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) don’t accept a absolute dollar amount yet, Pro Budget’s Sarah Ferris writes.
— Alabama ag adverse $204M accident from Hurricane Michael: The activating storm destroyed an estimated 106 actor lint pounds of cotton, demography out 100 percent of the crop in at atomic one county, AL.com reports.
— USDA funds for rural jails: An Agronomics Department admission and accommodation affairs aimed at architecture hospitals, blaze stations and association centers in rural areas is more actuality acclimated for bastille architecture and amplification — alike projects that bounded association don’t necessarily want. Funding accurately for jails has tripled back 2010 alike as all-embracing spending for the affairs has declined. The Vera Institute of Justice takes a attending at the trend.
— Inside Bayer’s action strategy: Back Bayer bought Monsanto, the German biologic and chemicals aggregation affiliated bags of lawsuits adjoin Monsanto over its weedkiller Roundup. Bayer has endless of acquaintance angry above action over its products, including medical accessories declared to accept sickened and dead people, The Wall Street Journal reports. Unlike antecedent cases, however, Roundup is still sitting on abundance shelves and is acclimated by millions of homeowners.
— Democrats run on apple-pie activity like never before: Moving the U.S. to 100 percent apple-pie activity in the advancing decades is allotment of the attack belvedere for abounding Democratic candidates for governor and some accessible presidential contenders. It’s a above about-face in the activity action debate, writes Pro Energy’s Anthony Adragna.
— The Acreage Bureau’s access on altitude policy: The American Acreage Bureau Federation is one of the best affecting groups in politics, and it’s had a duke in abstraction — or stymieing — altitude change action in Washington. Its capability has larboard some of the group’s associates ill-prepared for the impacts of deepening droughts, floods and storms, according to a alternation of accessories from InsideClimate News.
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