The GOP-controlled House overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday evening to avert a first-ever government default, impose caps on federal spending and make the first major changes to SNAP work requirements in decades.
As a result of the H-2A Department of Labor’s rising wage floor, U.S. fruit and vegetable growers find themselves again appealing for a bipartisan solution to the agricultural workforce shortage and temporary fix for the wage rate hikes.
The House Agriculture Committee is considering raising reference prices based on a commodity’s relative input costs, an approach that could benefit some southern crops over commodities such as soybeans and corn.
The Food and Drug Administration has taken baby steps in helping advance approvals of gene-edited animals for food production; however, the insistence by FDA that changing an animal’s DNA is a “drug” and out of USDA’s purview could keep innovation decades away from producer adoption.
Representatives of major pesticide and biotech seed companies gathered earlier this month in Mexico City to meet with Mexican ag groups and U.S. and Canadian government officials to flesh out concerns about the potential impacts of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s campaign against genetically modified corn and glyphosate, according to sources with knowledge of the meetings in Mexico.
Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill today as congressional leaders and President Joe Biden look to nail down the votes to pass the agreement the White House reached with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy over the weekend.
California Republican David Valadao, who lives on his family's dairy farm in central California, says he's concerned that a new agreement to curb the use of the Colorado River could lead to higher water prices for producers in his district.