Lawmakers are well into their preparatory hearings for writing the next farm bill. But a veteran Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee suggests the bill’s fate is going to hinge on whether lawmakers come up with more funding for it.
Lawmakers worried that China could gain control over the U.S. food system through land purchases are looking to curb the nation's grip on American farmland, despite no evidence of a spike in land sales to Chinese interests, according to an Agri-Pulse analysis of Agriculture Department data.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill Wednesday for the Agriculture Department, Food and Drug Administration and Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would boost spending by more than 10%, including hefty amounts for ag research and climate-change-related programs.
The USDA is reversing a rule proposed during the Trump Administration that would have tightened the categorical eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and removed eligibility for up to 3 million people.
Some 300 corporations, including some industry giants in the agriculture and food industry, are calling on President Joe Biden to commit the U.S. to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 from 2005 levels.
House Democrats hold a fragile majority in Congress, and and party moderates, many in rural districts, say they hold the key to keeping that majority in 2022 because of their connection with Republican voters.
The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee is not opposed to moving President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill through the reconciliation budget process if Republicans don’t come to the table.
The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, the American Peanut Shellers Association and the National Peanut Buying Points Association have joined together to create the United States Peanut Federation, which announced its formation in a press release last Thursday.