Speakers at a recent White House listening session pleaded with the Biden administration to modernize U.S. regulatory oversight of gene-edited plant products to compete with other countries that have streamlined processes allowing for quicker approval.
The ag industry will be watching closely as the Biden administration seeks to implement its regulatory agenda in 2023.Issues to keep an eye on include the ever-present “waters of the U.S.” definition, renewable fuels, food safety, and emissions from animal operations.
Tax credits and funding boosts for on-farm energy programs through the Inflation Reduction Act could incentivize more farmers to install anaerobic digestion systems on their farms, a major part of the Biden Administration’s plan for reducing methane emissions.
The Biden administration's new “waters of the U.S.” rule came under immediate criticism from farm groups and their GOP allies in Congress, who said it could expand federal jurisdiction over agricultural lands.
A new rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act maintains longstanding exemptions for farming activities but also trims back an exclusion for prior converted cropland that had been in the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule.