LEADER PAGE - 07/09/2019

HOPES DIM FOR PASSAGE OF TRUMP TRADE DEAL - House Democrats say there's little to no chance that Congress will take up President Trump's replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before the end of summer. With only three more weeks scheduled to be in session before the August recess, House Democrats from across the spectrum are demanding that the trade pact with Mexico and Canada be renegotiated, citing concerns with the implications for labor and environmental standards as well as drug prices. (The Hill)


U.S. CORN RATING UP 1%, DEVELOPMENT STILL SLOW – U.S. corn and soybean development remains slower than average. Both crops got off to a slow start this year because of widespread planting delays and there is a lot of uncertainty about actual planted area. The USDA currently resurveying producers in 14 states with the results out in August. As of Sunday, 98 percent of corn has emerged and 8 percent is silking, compared to the five-year average of 22 percent, with 57 percent of the crop rated good to excellent, up 1 percent on the week. (Brownfield)


NEW BIOTECH REGULATIONS PROPOSED – USDA is updating its biotech rules for the first time in more than 30 years. Undersecretary Greg Ibach says the SECURE Plant Innovation Rule could allow for shorter approvals on some products. “We think it strikes a great balance between efficiency as well as ensuring that consumers can feel that we have a secure and appropriate regulatory oversight mechanism in place.” The proposed rule is currently open for public comment. (Brownfield)


LEGISLATORS TO RMA: DELAY CROP INSURANCE PREMIUM DUE DATE - U.S. representatives have joined the Illinois Farm Bureau in urging the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) to delay the crop insurance premium due date to help farmers manage financials this fall. A formal letter signed by 14 of 18 Illinois congressional representatives asks RMA Administrator Martin Barbre to delay the deadline for paying crop insurance premiums for spring-planted crops from Oct. 1 to at least Dec. 1. The letter cites this year’s significant planting delays, expected production losses and the anticipated late harvest that will strain cash flow for Illinois farmers. (FarmWeekNow)


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