The Biden administration plans to spend more than $2 billion on a strategy for making targeted improvements in nearly every aspect of food production and distribution, with an emphasis on assisting small and mid-size operations.
USDA will use another $400 million from the Commodity Credit Corp. to address the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which has now been found in 35 states, affecting nearly 38 million birds.
The Agriculture Department plans to loosen up existing Conservation Reserve Program rules by allowing participants to request termination of their CRP contract if they are in their final year of the agreement.
Nearly a year after the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill aimed at jump-starting ag climate markets, the bill remains mired in the House Agriculture Committee, raising the possibility the legislation could be punted to the farm bill debate in the next Congress.
Makers of adjuvants and inerts that are added to pesticide active ingredients to improve their performance need to keep a close eye on the growing number losing patent protection in the next few years, speakers told attendees at last week’s conference of the Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology.