Rod Snyder has been picked to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s new agriculture adviser, and former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small has been confirmed by the Senate to become the Agriculture Department’s undersecretary for rural development.
Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new agriculture adviser, pleasing ag groups that had backed him for the position.
The agriculture portion of the $3.5 trillion spending package that Democrats are putting tougher is still a work in progress. In addition to $28 billion in conservation spending that still needs to be added to the legislation, there also will be some new farm debt relief.
The American Sugar Alliance has elevated Robert Johansson to the new role of director of economics and policy analysis, and Katharine Emerson has returned to the World Food Program USA as its new chief of staff.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, a top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, says Democrats can’t pass a tax proposal that is raising alarms with farmers. That includes a transfer tax on inherited assets that would nullify the benefits of stepped-up basis.
Biofuel industry and corn farmers are asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for a new hearing on a ruling that struck down a 2019 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to allow year-around E15 sales.
As promised, Senate Democrats are going to kick off work on their massive $3.5 trillion spending and tax plan before senators leave for their August recess. On Monday Democrats released a fiscal 2022 budget resolution that is the first step in the budget reconciliation process that will be needed to enact their proposals into law.