7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Nov. 2, 2018

USMCA, milk prices, trade and cell-cultured meat among the ag news of the week.

Janet Kubat Willette, E-Content Editor

November 2, 2018

2 Min Read

Need a quick catch up on the news of the week? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed. 

1. The USDA and Food and Drug Administration are considering what should be on the labels of products derived from cell-cultured meat, which could be on the market within a year. The cattle industry has urged the agencies to define beef as a product that comes exclusively from animals raised on land. A Feb. 9 petition from the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association also asks for the word “meat” to be limited to products derived from the flesh of animals. – American Agriculturalist 

2. Market access improvements included in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will lead to an expansion of U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the dairy and poultry sectors, according to the analysis, “How U.S. Agriculture Will Fare Under the USMCA and Retaliatory Tariffs.” However, those gains will be more than negated by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in reaction to the United States' decision to raise import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. – Indiana Prairie Farmer

3. President Trump’s tariffs are “the most antifarmer trade policy since the Carter embargo,” former International Trade Commission chairman Dan Pearson told an international group of grain buyers and sellers at an export conference in Minneapolis last week. – The Farmer

4. Milk prices declined in October. The September milk price of $16.09 is the high for the year. University of Wisconsin Extension dairy economist expects the October milk price to be closer to $15.60. – Wisconsin Agriculturalist

5. Results of the Nov. 6 election may impact farm legislation and tariffs imposed by President Trump. A change in either or both chambers, or a slimmer majority, may mean more scrutiny toward Trump’s handling of the farm bill and trade war. – Farm Futures

6. In California, voters are deciding whether cannabis should be treated like any other crop or banned out of concern that it could lead to crime and other unwanted social change. – The Mercury News

7. Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is drawing fire for his plan to merge the country’s environment and agriculture departments. He has pledged to halve the number of existing ministries to reduce bureaucracy. – Reuters 

And your bonus:

Looking forward to winter? Wyoming rancher Bud Williamson has created a “self-heating” stock tank warmed by geothermal power. – Western Farmer Stockman 

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