Senate subcommittee holds hearing on western drought

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday on the the status and management of drought in the western United States. Tanya Trujillo, the Interior assistant secretary for water and science, said “We are seeing the impacts of climate change manifested in drought, wildfires, hurricanes, and localized flooding. Climate […]

EPA names Snyder agriculture adviser

The Environmental Protection Agency named Rod Snyder the agriculture adviser to EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA, working to advance the Biden-Harris environmental agenda for farmers and rural communities,” EPA said. Since March 2014, Snyder has served as president of Field to Market: The […]

Conner: Vilsack wise to launch carbon market development initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s decision to launch an initiative to develop carbon as an agricultural commodity will make it easier for him to use the Commodity Credit Corporation to address climate change issues, Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, said today, Oct. 6, during a panel discussion at the […]

Vilsack announces ASF, school supply chain, climate initiatives with CCC funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $3 billion in USDA expenditures associated with drought, animal health, market disruptions for agricultural commodities, and school food supply chain issues with money coming from the Commodity Credit Corporation, plus a climate-smart initiative that he said “could” be funded through the CCC. Vilsack made the announcement as part of […]

Vilsack to travel to Colorado Wednesday, Thursday

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Colorado Wednesday and Thursday to promote the Biden administration’s Build Back Better program. Vilsack On Wednesday, Vilsack will give a speech at Colorado State University’s Salazar Center’s Virtual International Symposium for Conservation Impact and announce a comprehensive set of investments to address challenges facing producers and agriculture, including […]

House Ag holds hearing on voluntary carbon markets

The House Agriculture Committee last week held a hearing on voluntary carbon markets that highlighted farmers’ and environmentalists’ hopes for the benefits of those markets, but also the difficulties in establishing them. “These markets have the potential to create new economic opportunities while also tackling the greatest challenge of our time — climate change,” House […]

House CR includes disaster, WIC provisions

The continuing resolution to fund the government that the House passed Tuesday includes agriculture disaster aid provisions and a provision to extend the increase for fruit and vegetable purchases in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The bill H.R.5305 – Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act – passed 220 […]

Stabenow urges fruit, vegetable growers to speak up on immigration reform

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today, Sept. 21, urged members of the United Fresh Produce Association to emphasize the importance of immigration reform when they meet with senators on Capitol Hill this week. Early in a speech at United Fresh’s Washington conference, Stabenow urged the fruit and vegetable growers to “please be loud” […]

Vilsack counters EU ‘farm to fork’ strategy; EU groups raise productivity concerns

Speaking to reporters by telephone from the G-20 Agricultural Ministerial Meeting in Florence, Italy, on Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is trying to encourage other countries to join the United States in a Coalition for Productivity Growth to “counter” the European Union’s Farm to Fork sustainability strategy. Vilsack said there are fears that […]

NCBA calls for dialogue on US-EU methane pledge

After the United States and European Union on Saturday announced the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow, the National Cattlemen‘s Beef Association noted that the cattle industry has promised to work toward climate neutrality by 2040 […]