Lawmakers say they’re far from reaching agreement on a new farm bill, but farmers and consumers needn’t fear. The prospect of $10-a-gallon milk next year likely will ensure that Congress passes some kind of extension of the 2018 farm bill by early 2024.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is extending the comment period on its proposed rule for a voluntary “Product of USA” labeling claim on meat until June 11 after receiving requests from the North American Meat Institute and the government of Canada.
Hunting and angling groups enter the farm bill debate looking to protect funding for Title II programs and ensure fish and wildlife conservation efforts are given the same stature as soil and water within Agriculture Department programs.
Tax credits and funding boosts for on-farm energy programs through the Inflation Reduction Act could incentivize more farmers to install anaerobic digestion systems on their farms, a major part of the Biden Administration’s plan for reducing methane emissions.
Moving livestock from field to field to lessen the impact of their grazing practices is a practice slowly taking hold, and some proponents say new federal funding coupled with better outreach could get more producers on board.
The landmark climate deal Democrats hope will clear Congress in coming days would upend the coming debate over the next farm bill, satisfying demands for new conservation spending but leaving farm groups still scrambling to fund enhancements in commodity programs.