Agriculture Department leaders didn’t officially receive a slate of interim recommendations from an Equity Commission convened last year until Tuesday, but the department says many of the suggestions are already in the works.
Republicans cleared out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by a vote of 30-22 a joint resolution which would void the Biden administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule which goes into effect March 20.
The Senate Agriculture Committee will turn its focus to farm bill conservation programs this week, while House Republicans put the spotlight on the Biden administration’s “waters of the U.S.” rule and other regulatory issues.
Former Sen. James G. Abourezk, D-S.D., who launched a short congressional career with a boost from his state’s rural electric cooperatives during a high-profile referendum campaign in 1969, died in Sioux Falls on Friday, his 92nd birthday.
The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance proposed a series of new farm bill provisions that the coalition of ag, food and conservation groups believes are needed to help producers and landowners address climate change.
The official new estimates for farm bill costs do little to ease the funding squeeze facing lawmakers who want to increase reference prices for major commodities to reflect the higher input costs farmers are paying.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office forecast raises new questions about the future of conservation funding provided through the Inflation Reduction Act.