Vilsack announces plan to revive organic livestock, poultry rule

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA will reconsider the Trump administration’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule. “We intend to reconsider the prior administration’s interpretation that the Organic Foods Production Act does not authorize USDA to regulate the practices that were the subject of the 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices […]

US, EU suspend Airbus-Boeing feud, tariffs on wine, spirits, tractors, cheese

President Biden today, June 15, announced the end of a 17-year dispute with the European Union over aircraft subsidies for Boeing and Airbus and the continuation of a suspension of tariffs on a range of products including wine, tractors, spirits, molasses and cheese. In a briefing for reporters, Trade Representative KatherineTai said that both sides […]

Stabenow, Boozman both concerned about farmers’ taxes, but …

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, both said last week that they are concerned about the potential impact of President Biden’s proposed elimination of stepped up basis on the inheritance of farm property, but they differed in their emphasis. In the […]

FACA, NASDA, NSAC submit comments to USDA on climate change

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition have all submitted comments to the Agriculture Department in response to USDA’s request for comment on President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, […]

Biden talks nutrition, cover crops but not tax increases

In his address to Congress on April 28, President Biden talked about increases in nutrition programs and the importance of cover crops in fighting climate change, but did not emphasize the importance of tax increases on farmers and ranchers. In the speech, Biden started off by noting that after he promised 100 million COVID-19 vaccine […]

Scott plans carbon markets hearing

House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott, D-Ga., said today he is planning a hearing on carbon markets at which various companies involved in those markets can explain how their programs work. Noting that he has already chaired a hearing on climate change, Scott told the North American Agricultural Journalists that the committee “needs the proper […]

Vilsack: Biden administration won’t grab land or limit beef intake

In a wide-ranging interview with the North American Agricultural Journalists today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discounted reports that in its attempt to fight climate change, the Biden administration wants to take away land and discourage people from eating beef. Asked if the White House plans to use eminent domain to fight climate change, Vilsack firmly […]

Biden pledges to cut emissions in half by 2030

Last week, President Biden told leaders of other countries that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, as the other leaders also made pledges at a virtual summit Biden organized. Key biofuels groups endorsed the target and said they should be part of the solution. Growth Energy CEO Emily […]

Pingree, Heinrich to reintroduce Ag Resilience Act on Earth Day

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., on Thursday, April 21 – Earth Day – will reintroduce the bicameral Agriculture Resilience Act, which they say “sets a roadmap to achieve net-zero emissions from agriculture by 2040 and empowers farmers with the tools and resources needed to improve soil health, sequester carbon, reduce emissions, […]

White House establishes Western drought working group

Reacting to the severe drought in the Western states, the White House announced today, April 21, the formation of an Interagency Working Group to support farmers, tribes, and communities impacted by ongoing water shortages. National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy, chair of the National Climate Task Force, requested that Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb […]