USDA has announced the addition of four individuals to staff position, and Lesly McNitt is leaving the National Corn Growers Association and joining the Democratic staff on the House Agriculture Committee.
President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan offers many provisions that have long been priorities with farm groups, including a $100 billion plan to connect the entire U.S. to high-speed internet.
Tom Vilsack’s return to USDA has been on hold for reasons because of delays in getting the 50-50 Senate organized. But incoming Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow tells Agri-Pulse she hopes to get Vilsack’s nomination for agriculture secretary approved “as soon as possible” once she takes over the committee.
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Virginia Ag Commissioner Jewel Bronaugh as his selection for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Janet McCabe as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Even as President-elect Joe Biden pushes for electric vehicles, the biofuel industry argues he can also make progress on his climate goals by expanding biofuel usage mandates, embracing a low carbon fuel policy and increasing vehicle emissions standards.