Meat industry questions dominate Vilsack Senate Ag Approps hearing

Questions about the meat industry dominated a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, June 15, at which Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appeared in person to discuss the Biden administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2022. In an opening statement, Vilsack said, “The president’s budget for 2022 for USDA programs within this subcommittee is $192 billion, […]

Renewable fuels look to states, marketplace, exports

While renewable fuels industry officials will continue to push the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain favorable policies for the industry, their organizations are increasingly focusing on the role that the states, the marketplace and exports can play in increasing consumption, the annual meetings of the National Biodiesel Board and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association indicated […]

Senators urge Vilsack to solve old problems

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve President Biden’s nomination of Tom Vilsack to be Agriculture secretary, but only after several members urged him to address the same problems that he faced and found difficult to solve when he was agriculture secretary in the Obama administration. The hearing was odd in that […]