The Biden administration has so far opted not to enter into traditional, tariff-cutting free trade agreements, and farm groups are now turning to the large field of candidates hoping to be the next president to make the case for new trade deals.
President Biden and leaders of the House and Senate Ag leaders discussed the farm bill for more than an hour Thursday evening and agreed to meet again in the “not-too-distant future.” That’s the word from the top Republican on the Senate Ag Committee, John Boozman of Arkansas.
U.S. and Mexican government officials have been meeting over Mexico’s plan to ban on genetically modified corn, but the National Corn Growers Association says time is running out and the Biden administration needs to take action soon.
Bipartisan agreement on the need for the U.S. and Taiwan to strengthen ties through a trade pact was on display Wednesday at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, although Republican lawmakers were mostly critical of the Biden administration’s decision not to negotiate a traditional free trade agreement that requires approval from Congress.
The Agriculture Department is stressing safety as it moves toward completing the transition of office staff back into their physical workplaces, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Jewel Bronaugh says in an Agri-Pulse Newsmakers interview.
The Biden administration wants to make more farmers eligible for insurance when they grow wheat and soybeans in the same crop year, but some industry experts doubt the plan will do as much as the White House hopes in scaling up wheat production.
Former United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez will co-chair USDA's newly formed equity commission, part of an effort by the Biden administration to address historical discrimination at the department.