Agronomist: Farmers Can Raise Good Soybeans Without Dicamba

IARN — American farmers may use dicamba products, newly revoked of registrations, through July 31, 2020. Whether or not these products will be available for use in future growing seasons remains unknown.

One agronomist says these products would be missed, if banned. He remains confident, however, that farmers will be able to raise good soybeans without dicamba herbicides Read more

Bolivian Market Now Open To U.S. Red Meat

IARN — U.S. red meat is now eligible for export to Bolivia.

While the region is now mostly open to U.S. pork and beef, exports will be subject to a 10-percent duty rate. Cheyenne McEndaffer is director of export services with the U.S. Meat Export Federation. She explains this latest development is part of a longstanding effort by U.S. trade and Ag officials to improve access for U.S. meat products throughout South America. Read more

Judge Rules Glyphosate Doesn’t Require Cancer Warning

IARN — A federal judge this week sided with an agriculture coalition issuing a permanent injunction against the California warning requirement of Proposition 65 for glyphosate. The ruling removes the cancer warning on glyphosate. The judge in the case says providing misleading or false labels to consumers “undermines California’s interest in accurately informing its citizens of health risks.” Read more

China Suspends Exports From Tyson Food Plant

IARN — China Sunday suspended poultry exports from an Arkansas Tyson Food’s processing plant where workers tested positive for COVID-19.  China’s General Administration of Customs announced the suspension after Tyson Foods confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases at its facility in Springdale, Arkansas. A Tyson spokesperson said the company is investigating the matter, adding, “It is important to note that the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agree that there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”

China also halted exports from a pork processing facility in Germany following an outbreak of COVID-19 at the plant. China has stepped up food inspections for the novel coronavirus in recent weeks. Beijing began testing meat, seafood and fresh produce for the coronavirus last week, and some ports were opening all containers of meat to carry out coronavirus tests.

Story courtesy of the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.

American Soybean And Cotton Growers Relieved By Recent Court Decision

IARN — Judges presiding over a case involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued further guidance, in regards to the use of three dicamba products.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit late Friday denied an emergency motion to halt use of dicamba products, newly revoked registrations. The court’s decision aligns with a cancellation order passed down by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month, which allows growers to use existing stocks, in their possession on June 3, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Read more