Jewel Bronaugh’s nomination is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Ag Committee used a voice vote Monday evening to send her nomination to be USDA’s next deputy secretary to the Senate floor after Bronaugh, currently the Virginia ag commissioner, took part in an April hearing.
Chinese buyers have made another big purchase of U.S. corn for the next harvest as concerns mount over the impact of dry weather on Brazil. The USDA on Monday announced a 1.02 million-metric-ton sale of corn to China for delivery in the 2021-22 marketing year.
President Joe Biden’s proposal to tax capital gains at death accounts for about one-third of the revenue to pay for his American Families Plan, a sweeping package of education, health and child care benefits. That’s according to an analysis of Biden’s tax proposals by the Tax Foundation.
President Joe Biden tries this week to sell congressional Republicans on his massive spending plans and tax proposals, while his nominee for the No. 2 position at the Agriculture Department moves closer to a final Senate vote.
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, tells Agri-Pulse he’s concerned that rural regions could be hit with a new surge of COVID-19 cases this fall if vaccinations continue to lag due to resistance to getting the shot.
The USDA announced Friday export sales of a whopping 1.36 million metric tons of U.S. new crop corn to China for delivery in the 2021-22 marketing year. The purchase comes amid growing concerns that dryness could stunt Brazil’s second harvest.
Conservation groups praised the Biden administration’s first step in conserving 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030, but the nation’s largest farm group said the initiative still lacks specifics, and a key farm-state senator said he was worried about removing too much land from production.