09 JUL

Trade war with China looms as midnight tariff deadline approaches

President Trump’s repeated threats to start a trade war with China appear headed for reality as the administration prepares to impose tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese products on Friday morning, setting up a potentially devastating clash between the world’s two largest economies.

The penalties, which go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, are expected to prompt immediate retaliatory tariffs by Beijing, which has said it will tax an equal amount of American exports, including pork, soybeans, steel and peanuts. The dispute is expected to ripple through global supply chains, raise costs for businesses and consumers and roil global stock markets, which have been volatile in anticipation of a prolonged trade fight between the United States and almost everyone else.

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03 JUL

NPIP Biennial Conference held last week in Franklin TN

The NPIP Biennial Conference was held June 26-June 28 in Franklin TN. Over 300 people attended, setting a record for the event. Each state brings delegates who discuss and edit proposed changes to the Plan, and vote on a final version the last day of the Conference.  California’s delegates included:

Dr. Charles Corsiglia, Foster Farms; Dr. Gregg Cutler, Cutler Associates International; Mike Silva, JS West; Brian Lee, Maple Leaf Farms West; and John Metzer, Metzer Farms. Bill Mattos, CPF President, and Monica Della Maggiore, NPIP Administrator, also attended.

From left: Bill Mattos, John Metzer, Brian Lee, Monica Della Maggiore, Mike Silva, Dr. Gregg Cutler, Dr. Charles Corsiglia
03 JUL

Immigration storm bears down on Republicans

House Republicans left Washington last week relieved that their ugly, months-long fight over immigration was behind them. The reality? It’s far from over. President Donald Trump has been pestering Congress to send him big money for his border wall with Mexico, a demand that could lead to a government shutdown just weeks before Election Day.  Read more

03 JUL

Rabobank tracks volatility in poultry market

Rabobank’s recently released Q3 report on the global poultry market reflects the possible impact of trade disputes between the United States and key export markets. The analysis by the Rabobank showed volatility in feed costs due to safeguarding measures on Brazilian poultry by China and rising trade tensions with the US and China as significant features in the world outlook.

“Global trade has recently become highly volatile, and we have seen some major movements in trade streams and prices due to several important factors,” said Nan-Dirk Mulder, senior analyst for animal protein at RaboResearch

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03 JUL

Producers need to be prepared for large-scale activist protests

Previously, I’ve written about Direct Action Everywhere (DXE), an extreme activist group that believes in animal liberation (all animals need to be given the same “freedoms” as humans). DXE’s opposition to the mere existence of animal agriculture is clear, with founder Wayne Hsiung stating, “We are trying to destroy animal agriculture,” when speaking at the 2016 National Animal Rights Conference.

DXE is known for crossing lines and breaking laws in the name of activism. They have made numerous unauthorized visits to farms (they call these “stealth visits”) and entered barns to take photos or videos of alleged cruelty.  Read more

26 JUN

World lurches closer to trade war

The world economy lurched closer to an all-out trade war as the Trump administration accused China of threatening U.S. economic interests and as the European Union made good on its threat to hit American goods with retaliatory tariffs. A scathing report, posted late Tuesday by the White House, blamed Beijing for hijacking intellectual property and pursuing destructive industrial policies, saying the nation’s spectacular economic growth “has been achieved in significant part through aggressive acts, policies and practices that fall outside of global norms and rules.” Read more

26 JUN

GOP immigration bills backed by Trump appear headed for defeat

A pair of Republican-crafted bills on immigration appeared headed for defeat Thursday in the GOP-led House, despite backing by President Trump and haunting images of migrant children separated from their parents at the border.

At a late-morning news conference, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) did not concede defeat but repeatedly referenced the prospect of both bills failing and characterized scheduled votes Thursday afternoon as “a legitimate exercise.”

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26 JUN

FDA releases draft guidance for Intentional Adulteration rule

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the first of three installments of draft guidance for compliance to the Intentional Adulteration (IA) rule .

Food companies impacted by the rule are required to develop a food defense plan that identifies significant vulnerabilities in facilities and mitigation strategies to address those vulnerabilities. Companies also are required to demonstrate that their mitigation strategies work. Read more