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Ag Today October 18, 2017

Trump Administration Drops Tighter Rules on Meatpackers USDA reversal is blow to some farmers, advocacy groups; companies say rules would have made meat pricier Wall Street Journal The Trump administration Tuesday reversed efforts to make it easier for livestock farmers to challenge meatpackers over pricing and allegations of uncompetitive practices. Some farmers complained for years that big meat companies enjoyed excessive control over farmers’ livelihoods by leveraging their broad influence over pricing and supplies needed to raise poultry and livestock. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in December outlined the new rules that would have made it easier for farmers to contest their big customers. Meatpackers...

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Ag Today October 17, 2017

Trump administration green-lights company's plan to pipe water from Mojave Desert to cities By Ian James, Palm Springs Desert Sun President Donald Trump’s administration has approved a company’s plan to build a water pipeline to carry billions of gallons from the Mojave Desert to California cities. The federal Bureau of Land Management told Cadiz Inc. in a letter released Monday that the company won’t need a permit to build the pipeline alongside a railroad. The agency rescinded a 2015 decision by President Barack Obama’s administration that had blocked the project. The Los Angeles-based company said with no federal permit needed, it now plans to move...

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AG Today, October 16, 2017

Where the FDA Is Going Under Trump Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says it isn’t about more or fewer regulations. It’s about efficiency By Jacob Bunge,Wall Street Journal Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb serves a president who regularly speaks of rolling back business regulation. Dr. Gottlieb has postponed Obama-era food-labeling rules, pleasing some food manufacturers. But at the same time, he says, the FDA is working to implement another law passed under the former administration: the Food Safety Modernization Act, which will require companies to develop plans to prevent foodborne illness. Dr. Gottlieb talked about his job with Wall Street Journal reporter Jacob Bunge. Edited...

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