A group known for its advocacy for progressive agricultural issues has teamed with a trio of non-ag organizations concerned about government spending on farm programs to detail a list of priorities for the upcoming farm bill.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack personally warned Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador against banning genetically modified corn and later said the Biden administration expects to receive a proposal soon from Mexico on how to “engage in dialogue assuring the safety of biotechnology products.”
At the request of President Joe Biden, Congress is set to vote on legislation that would prevent a rail strike, a move that comes after similar pleas from agricultural organizations worried about the effects of a stoppage of the nation’s trains.
Lawmakers resume their lame duck session this week facing a deadline looming to avert a government shutdown, but they will also take some time to put a spotlight on a proposed merger of supermarket giants Kroger and Albertsons.
Republicans plan to use their razor-thin House majority and the committee control it gives them to investigate the Biden administration’s regulation of pesticides, climate policy and other issues important to agriculture.
The U.S. corn sector has been adamant that it cannot easily or quickly shift to producing non-GMO corn to comply with an upcoming Mexican ban, but Brazilian and Argentine farmers are also telling Mexico that it’s mistaken if it thinks it can rely on them to make up for the coming loss of U.S. supplies.