A potential “climate-smart” label for food and USDA’s authority to fund large-scale pilot projects using the Commodity Credit Corporation was among the many issues addressed in nearly 400 comments submitted on USDA’s proposed Climate-Smart and Agroforestry Partnership Initiative.
School districts are joining some state agriculture and education departments in appealing to the Agriculture Department to create a list of food products that are exempt from Buy American requirements because U.S.-made versions are hard to obtain.
The National Young Farmers Coalition, with support from U.S. restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, announced a new campaign Tuesday asking Congress to invest $2.5 billion over 10 years to in the 2023 farm bill to “facilitate equitable access to one million acres of land for the next generation of farmers.”
A federal appeals court blocks enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine and testing mandate for private employers, saying the rules raise “serious constitutional concerns” and would severely harm businesses.
President Joe Biden plans to nominate Jose Emilio Esteban as the next undersecretary for food safety at USDA, a role that would give him oversight of the FSIS programs he currently monitors as the agency’s chief scientist.