The Agriculture Department is poised to pour nearly $20 billion into expanding climate-related farming practices and another $500 million into biofuel infrastructure, under a historic funding package the Democratic-controlled House cleared Friday to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The African scientist who led the UN Food Systems Summit process says the Sri Lankan government made a “reckless and careless” decision to ban the use of synthetic fertilizers, and she doesn’t think African nations will follow suit.
Increasing food production without using additional water and land resources could be possible through further developments in irrigation and water engineer, plant breeding and gene editing, and innovative management of things like heat and sunlight.
Improving plants’ efficiency at using solar energy could offer a path toward increasing the amount of food produced per indoor acre. That’s what researchers have found, though the process shakes up the biology normally associated with plant growth.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $27.2 billion spending bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration that would provide significant new funding for conservation technical assistance, rural broadband and food safety.
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.
A proposed 8,000-head-per-day beef processing facility in South Dakota is joining a packed roster of planned and existing plants that could be forced to compete for shrinking cattle inventories in the years ahead.