The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California has appointed Wendy Rash as the new State Water Quality Specialist on the Ecological Sciences Staff and Speaker Anthony Rendon has appointed Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, D- San Bernardino, as the next Assembly Majority Leader for the 2021-22 Session.
Martha Scott Poindexter will be returning to the Senate Agriculture Committee as staff director for GOP Sen. John Boozman, and the American Seed Trade Association has hired Senate Ag Veteran Janae Brady.
Government research into a wide range of areas, and standardization of data will be needed if USDA is to implement its 30-year plan to increase U.S. agricultural production by 40% while cutting ag's environmental footprint in half.
The Trump administration is acting to remove another regulatory barrier to agricultural biotechnology by proposing to streamline EPA's oversight of pest-resistant plants. But there's little sign of progress on reforms to FDA’s regulation of gene-edited animals.
More than half of farmers who seeded their cash crop into a growing cover crop last year — a practice known as “planting green” — said it helped them plant earlier than they could in fields that didn't have cover crops, according to an annual survey.