FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, already grappling with the infant formula crisis, told lawmakers Thursday the agency lacks the leadership and staff to properly regulate food safety and appealed for more funding.
California lawmakers and the governor are hashing out the final details for investing billions of state dollars into a drought relief plan with long-term water investments and some benefits to farmers.
The Agriculture Department will soon start distributing $6 billion in disaster relief payments for losses producers experienced in 2020 and 2021 through a wide range of natural disasters, including drought, wildfires and excessive heat and cold.
A scientific advisory committee reviewed the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) investigation into samples of imidacloprid found in drinking water wells and disagreed with the agency's finding.
A farm bill program that supports the production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other crops swelled to $97 million last year, thanks to an influx of stimulus funding. But lawmakers are being asked to expand eligibility for the program when the farm bill is up for reauthorization, and that worries some in the sector.