The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal 2020 spending bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration that creates a new hurdle for biotech salmon and sets up a fight with the House over relocating two USDA research agencies.
A House stopgap spending bill aimed at avoiding an Oct. 1 government shutdown would ensure that trade assistance to farmers continues and also would bolster specialty crop research and fund USDA’s coming hemp program.
New rulemaking from the Department of Agriculture will allow swine slaughter facilities to opt in to a new inspection system that focuses on new requirements for microbial testing and pathogen control.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service lowered its production estimates for corn, soybeans and cotton, bumping corn down to 13.8 billion bushels and soybeans to 3.63 billion bushels, which each represent 1% declines from the August estimate.
Pro- and anti-glyphosate companies and organizations lined up to praise — or bash — the active ingredient in the most widely applied herbicide in the world, in comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency last week.
During an historic, televised town hall on the climate issue, the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls agreed broadly on imposing taxes or caps on carbon emissions and shifting to electric vehicles, and some candidates said Americans should be encouraged to reduce meat consumption.