The climate funding package that Senate Democrats have agreed on should make it easier to pass the next farm bill while helping consumers and producers deal with climate change, says a Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Tina Smith of Minnesota.
Rep. Jim McGovern has been pushing for a nationwide focus on ending hunger for a long time and in his role as Rules Committee Chairman, he included funding for a White House conference on the subject. Now, he's looking ahead at who should be included and subjects to be covered.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. has made it clear at the climate summit in Glasgow that the United States has re-engaged in the global climate change discussion but also has emphasized that “agriculture is not part of the problem. It's part of the solution.”
The Department of Agriculture will propose three new rules to strengthen enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act, potentially restarting another contentious debate about the government’s role in the relationship between processors and producers.