President Joe Biden released his full budget request for fiscal 2022, detailing his plans to ramp up spending at the Agriculture Department for climate research and agricultural adaptation while also increasing spending for environmental regulation at the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department.
Janie Simms Hipp, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be USDA’s general counsel, assured senators that she will work closely with the Justice Department to address concerns meatpackers are using their market power to depress prices paid to producers.
Bayer will take another look at the use of glyphosate in lawn and garden products, including the possibility of new active ingredients to replace it, the company said in response to a court order rejecting a plan to address potential future Roundup litigation.
A federal judge has rejected a $2 billion plan put forth by Bayer to address a proposed class of plaintiffs who have been exposed to Roundup but have not filed lawsuits against the company, saying the purported benefits of the proposed settlement have been exaggerated.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is working to secure a historic increase in conservation spending as part of a climate and infrastructure package, creating a rift with the panel’s top Republican, who says she is prematurely trying to reshape farm bill programs without GOP input.
USDA is rolling out its debt relief program for socially disadvantaged farmers, sending out offer letters to producers eligible for direct loan relief, even as it grapples with how to pay off guaranteed loans in the face of concerns from banks worried about loss of income.
Conventional corn ethanol and other biofuels could qualify for a new clean fuel production tax credit being advanced by Senate Democrats, but the products will have to meet increasingly tougher standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.