The Agriculture Department would get $560 million more for rural broadband expansion, plus increases for research, food aid and combating animal and plant diseases, under a draft House spending bill for fiscal 2023.
Poultry and egg producers are closely watching the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which has already hit more states than the 2014-2015 outbreak and infected close to half the number of birds as it did seven years ago.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza has now spread to 14 states and more than 7.6 million birds, with the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s announcement that a commercial layer flock in Wisconsin had been infected.
Congress has averted a government shutdown today while providing $10 billion in assistance for ag disasters that have occurred over last year and this year. The aid was included in the stopgap funding bill that President Biden signed into law Thursday night.
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing draft guidance for a new regulatory review process aimed at determining when genetically engineered plants need the department's approval for commercialization.