U.S. wins again at WTO, though compliance by China may be months away

The WTO ruled in favor of the United States in its complaint that China had rigged its tariff system to constrict entry of foreign-grown grain. The ruling was the second U.S. victory in seven weeks against trade-distorting Chinese agricultural practices.

Rep. Pingree highlights role of farmers in fighting climate change

Maine Democrat Rep. Chellie Pingree rolled out a five-point plan to “support farmers in the fight against climate change,” offering a contrast to the Green New Deal announced earlier this year, which largely sidestepped agricultural issues and came under criticism for not engaging with farmers.(No paywall)

Report: The ‘new NAFTA’ will boost ag exports by 1.1 percent

U.S. food and agricultural exports would increase by $2.2 billion, or 1.1 percent, with full implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the successor to NAFTA, said the U.S. International Trade Commission in a report issued Thursday.

SNAP starts small, will go national, in test of online grocery shopping

The USDA launched a test of online grocery shopping for food stamp recipients in New York State on Thursday, with plans to expand the pilot to nine states across the nation.

Today’s quick hits, April 19, 2019

Farm loan volumes increase (Kansas City Fed): Farm lenders, especially smaller ag banks, are turning increasingly to USDA loan guarantees and loan syndication to handle a rising demand for farm loans. Wild bee identification (Center for Food Safety): The Wild Bee ID app was developed by the …

Corn sweetener loses its luster, and its customers

A brawl between brewers over a Super Bowl ad last winter was not just a market-share battle between beer-making giants. It also offered a revealing look the reduced role corn sweeteners are playing in the food and beverage industry. (No paywall)

Two more rounds of Sino-U.S. trade talks planned

U.S.-China negotiations to resolve the trade war are “moving along quite well,” said President Trump on Wednesday. Meanwhile, published reports said two rounds of talks were scheduled for late April and early May.

Bill would ban chlorpyrifos residues in school meals

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, announced a bill on Wednesday to effectively ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos from school food.

Today’s quick hits, April 18, 2019

Poultry workers get a better contract (Albany Herald): Some 1,800 workers at a Tyson plant in Georgia won a stronger contract that includes lower health care expenses, a general wage increase, and seniority rights. Rural health insurance option, with a catch (Harvest Public Media): The Kansas …