Shutdown could delay organic fraud rule

Shutdown could delay organic fraud rule

With help from Catherine Boudreau and Helena Bottemiller Evich Editor’s Note: This edition of Morning Agriculture is published weekdays at 10 a.m. POLITICO Pro Agriculture subscribers hold exclusive early access to the newsletter each morning at 6 a.m. To learn more about POLITICO Pro’s comprehensive policy intelligence coverage, policy tools and services, click here . — It’s Shutdown Day 26, and the record-setting funding lapse is already prompting chatter from economists about a potential recession. With the Agriculture Department closed, organic producers are fretting that planned USDA regulations to block fraudulent organic goods from entering the country will be delayed. — February SNAP benefits are on the move: As states roll out the early payments, they’re warning recipients to budget wisely and plan ahead, given the uncertainty about how long the shutdown will last. Meanwhile, food safety advocates in Congress plan to gather this afternoon to discuss the shutdown’s impact on USDA and FDA inspections. — The WTO could hand President Donald Trump new ammunition at the height of his trade negotiations with China. The international body is expected to declare that China exceeded global limits on government agricultural subsidies. HAPPY WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16! Welcome to Morning Ag, where your host volunteers to take any excess kegs that this D.C. brewery isn’t able to sell because of the shutdown. Send tips to and @ryanmccrimmon , and follow the whole team @Morning_Ag . ** A message from the Almond Board of California: Over the past 20+ years, California almond […]

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