With Democrats struggling to agree on their $3.5 trillion Build Back Better spending plan, a senior leader of the House Democratic caucus says the final vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill could be delayed.
The United States is asking other nations to join it in a "coalition for productivity growth," an effort emerging — in part — as a counter to the European Union’s Farm-to-Fork strategy that seeks steep cuts in the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
The agriculture portion of the $3.5 trillion spending package that Democrats are putting tougher is still a work in progress. In addition to $28 billion in conservation spending that still needs to be added to the legislation, there also will be some new farm debt relief.
Climate change has already increased the overwintering range of a destructive pest, increasing its resistance to insecticides, and the situation is projected to get worse in the coming decades, new research shows.
USDA must try to address the severe labor shortage afflicting agriculture as a whole, including the meat industry, numerous commenters told USDA as it determines how to spend $500 million to increase capacity in the sector.
Farm groups are breathing a collective sigh of relief that congressional Democrats have dropped the idea of taxing capital gains at death, preserving the benefits of stepped-up basis. But many may still need to start talking to their tax advisers about just what’s in the legislation and how it could affect their tax planning.