The chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday accused Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of exploiting a “loophole” in USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. account to fund $3 billion in climate-related projects.
House Republicans on Wednesday repeatedly challenged the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission to require public companies to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chains, a proposal that has drawn strong opposition from farm groups.
The Senate passed a resolution to overturn the Biden administration’s “waters of the U.S.” rule, 53-43, sending the measure to the White House for what President Joe Biden has already promised will be a veto.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sparred with House Republicans over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in what could be an opening skirmish in a battle over potential program cuts as Congress considers a new farm bill.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told lawmakers last week she is putting Chief Agriculture Negotiator Doug McKalip in charge of working with Brazil to end its tariff on U.S. ethanol and now McKalip is preparing to go to there as U.S. tensions remain high over the barrier preventing U.S. exports.
In a period when inflation has raised the cost of everything from fertilizers to shipping, groups representing agricultural producers and processors are calling for increased funding for two proven and longstanding export programs.