Proposed regulations designed to prevent chemical accidents are not justified by the data and could result in consolidation at the retail level, groups representing agricultural chemical dealers are telling the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Department of Agriculture has tapped Ellen Luger as the next minister counselor of agriculture in Rome for the Foreign Agricultural Service and Erica Chabot is the new majority staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee,
Fertilizer prices were already soaring due to weather and supply chain shocks exacerbated by the COVID pandemic before Russia invaded Ukraine in February, leading USDA to announce a $250 million investment in new U.S. production capacity. The question is how much impact that funding can have.
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting is underway in Atlanta, and the president of the nation’s largest ag group is keeping the pressure on the Biden administration to deal with supply chain disruptions and remove barriers to U.S. ag exports.
A dozen major farm groups have jumped into the fray over conservation funding in the estimated $3.5 trillion reconciliation package Democrats plan to introduce in the Senate, calling for “increased investment in climate-smart agricultural practices that sequester carbon or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”