Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants the next farm bill to include reforms for disaster relief and put more focus on farmers who haven’t done as well financially as larger producers have in recent years.
An independent commission issues a report this week that's expected to make far-reaching recommendations for fixing widely perceived weaknesses in the Food and Drug Administration’s human foods programs.
Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux told lawmakers Thursday that he would give "due consideration" to an Equity Commission recommendation to study replacing FSA's county committee system, but he said the local panels are “integral” to the agency’s delivery of programs.
The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler, heads to Capitol Hill this week to face lawmakers who are sharply divided over the agency’s plan to require corporations to track and disclose greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chains.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack assures lawmakers the Biden administration is holding China to account for its failure to fulfill “phase one” trade commitments, but he stopped short of saying what steps the administration would take.
The Department of Agriculture is in touch with Capitol Hill as Democratic leaders work to craft legislation that has the potential to funnel more money into the farm bill and expand the number of producers who could receive funding and assistance for government conservation programs.
The Senate's proposed fiscal 2022 funding bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration would provide $7 billion in disaster assistance to cover producers' losses in 2020 and 2021.
The Trump administration’s announcement of a new trade assistance package, plus congressional agreement on disaster relief for prevented plantings, will put billions of dollars into the struggling farm economy, but the prospective aid is injecting new uncertainty into the planting decisions facing growers across the soggy Plains and Midwest.