Dawn on February 18: Congressional participants are given a new term

Negotiators in Congress now have until March 11 to agree on a large-scale bill to fund government for the fiscal year that began nearly five months ago. The Senate on Thursday night passed a resolution that prevents the government from shutting down and keeps government funding at fiscal 2021 for another three weeks.

Fiscal 2022 began on October 1 last year.

Republicans have forced Democrats to vote against several proposed amendments to the CR, including one that would stop funding federal vaccine mandates. This amendment almost failed, 46-47.

Dubai is just the first of several USDA trade missions in 2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Service Administrator Daniel Whitley called reporters Thursday to talk about a trade mission he is conducting in Dubai this week, and promised the agency is already planning several more around the world to help the market American agricultural commodities.

Whitley said the next directions will be known as early as next week. But he stressed that it makes sense to focus on countries with strong growth potential for fire exports, such as Southeast Asia or Africa.

Take note: The Trump administration has begun talks on free trade agreements with Britain and Kenya. The Biden administration has not yet sought to resume these talks, but Whitley offered a hint of optimism that pacts with these countries may still be viable.

“Obviously, we have two types of trade agreements hanging by a thread – the UK and Kenya, on which the administration will have to make a decision at some point,” he said. “I see the interest of American agricultural companies in wanting to go there.”

U.S. soybean trade with China in February remains strong

Brazil’s soybean harvest is harvested more than a quarter, but the U.S. still sells a lot of old crops to China, according to the latest weekly USDA trade data for February 4-10. Within a week, sellers from the US signed a contract to ship to China 224,500 metric tons of soybeans for the 2021-22 marketing year. The USDA also noted export sales of 371,700 tons to “unknown destinations,” which often proves to be China.

During the seven-week period, the United States shipped 575,700 tons of soybeans to China. This again makes China the largest destination for American soybeans.

But the U.S. is also stepping up sales to China of new soybean crops for delivery in the 2022-23 marketing year, which will begin on September 1. Chinese buyers signed a contract to purchase 876,000 tons, and 530,000 tons were reserved for “unknown destinations.” ”Egypt, Mexico and Taiwan have also signed soybean contracts in 2022-23.

BIO is seeking the publication of a draft FDA guide to animal biotechnology

The biotech industry is urging the White House to publish a draft FDA guide to regulating products made using animal biotechnology.

The publication of the guide “will give all stakeholders the opportunity to review, analyze and comment on the changes that the FDA has proposed in its process of biotechnology for animals based on feedback from stakeholders to date”, The organization of the biotechnology industry said in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget.

USDA Considers Plan To Divide Animal Biotechnology Powers Between FDA And USDAbut the BIO letter states that the proposed structure “will entail certain problems, not the least of which is due to the (lack of) clarity regarding the support of the USDA framework by the FDA.”

Short corn is coming from Bayer in 2024, the company says

Seed giant Bayer plans to make low-growing maize hybrids widely available in 2024, allowing growers to more accurately use nutrients and chemicals to protect plants.

The plant, used in Mexico, improves resilience by allowing corn to better withstand windy conditions, and includes better resistance to greenery and lodging stems, the company said Thursday in a review of its research and development pipeline.

Maize (shown above in the Bayer photo), which is about a third shorter than standard-height hybrids, also has a deeper root system that helps tolerate drier conditions and potentially retains more carbon. About 150 farmers in the US are testing the product next season.

In addition: Bayer said new versions of Bollgard Cotton and Intact Soybeans are under development, and said farmers are using their Climate FieldView data platform on 180 million acres in 23 countries, contributing to “the largest seed performance database and field trials database. to industry ”.

USDA: Technology stimulates dairy productivity growth

According to economists from the US Department of Agriculture, traditional dairy production increases productivity by more than 2.5% per year due to improved technology. On organic dairy farms, productivity is also increasing, but at a slower pace, just under 0.7%.

Factors affecting the productivity of the dairy sector include improved genetics, breeding, improved feed formulations and advanced digital records.

Improving the efficiency of the industry is particularly evident in the amount of milk that farms receive from each cow. The U.S. population increased only slightly from 9.2 million in 2000 to 9.4 million in 2020, an annual increase of just 0.1%. But milk yields per cow grew over the same period by more than 1.5% a year – from £ 18,200 in 2000 to almost £ 23,800 in 2020, according to a study by the Economic Research Service.

By numbers: 54,152. Areas of industrial hemp sown by farmers in 2021according to the first-ever harvest survey conducted by the USDA.

A report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service could help the industry in its efforts to increase the amount of THC allowed in industrial hemp, which is currently 0.3%. Last year, only 33,500 acres of hemp were harvested, and that’s partly because so-called “hot” plants that exceed the THC limit had to be destroyed, says NASC branch manager Lance Honig.

MP Chely Pingry, Maine, earlier this month unveiled a bill to raise the THC limit to 1%.

He said that. “The enthusiasm we’ve seen here … has shown that there is a great deal of delayed demand for American agriculture.” – Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service Daniel Whitley from Dubai.

Bill Thomson and Steve Davis contributed to this report.

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