House GOP announces 5 ag climate bills

House Agriculture Committee ranking member Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., announced a package of five bills to address climate change that he described in a news release as “natural solutions.” “Agriculture Republicans are crafting innovative climate solutions by empowering the original stewards of our land — our farmers, ranchers, and foresters,” Thompson said in a news […]

Biden nominates Bonnie for USDA undersecretary post

President Biden has nominated Robert Bonnie to be Agriculture Department undersecretary for farm production and conservation, the White House announced on April 16. Bonnie, currently serving as USDA deputy chief of staff and senior climate adviser, served as undersecretary for natural resources and environment during the second term of the Obama administration, overseeing the U.S. […]

Corteva creates carbon, ecosystems services portfolio

Corteva Agriscience late last week announced it has created a carbon and ecosystems services portfolio to help farmers sell carbon credits. The introductory launch of Corteva’s Carbon Initiative will be targeted to row crop farmers in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa this year, with the intent to expand to new geographies and crops for the 2022 […]

Vilsack: USDA will end food box program but distribute produce, dairy products

In a three-hour, wide-ranging hearing, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee today that USDA will end the Farmers to Families Food Box Program established by the Trump administration but will continue to distribute the produce and dairy products that became popular with food banks and other beneficiaries. Vilsack noted that USDA […]

Booker, Gillibrand, Spanberger reintroduce climate bill

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., on Monday reintroduced the Climate Stewardship Act, a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration. Booker and Gillibrand are both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Spanberger is a member of the House […]

Biden budget addresses broadband, research, wildfires, WIC

President Biden released a fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget request that includes $27.8 billion for the Agriculture Department, a $3.8 billion or 16% increase from the 2021 enacted level. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that the budget would expand broadband access, provide more money for agricultural research, extension and outreach programs, address wildfires by providing […]

Biden unveils infrastructure proposal, including broadband

In a speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 31, President Biden unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal that covers traditional projects such as roads, bridges and inland waterways but would also attempt to reduce greenhouse gases and bring high-speed internet service to remote parts of rural America. In his speech, Biden said, “I’m proposing a […]

Regan confirmed as EPA administrator, wins praise

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Biden’s nomination of Michael Regan as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The vote was 66 to 34, The Washington Post reported. But Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member John Hoeven, R-N.D., was one of the Republicans who did not vote to confirm Regan. Hoeven issued the following statement […]

Vilsack nuanced in reactions to Canadian, Mexican ag officials

The Agriculture Department late Tuesday released statements that were different in nuance after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met virtually with Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Mexican Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary Victor Villalobos. In the statement, USDA Communications Director Matt Herrick said: “This morning, Secretary Vilsack had a friendly and constructive […]

Boozman worries about Biden’s 30 by 30 plan

Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member John Boozman, R-Ark., said Monday, March 1, he is worried about President Biden’s plan to protect 30% of the nation’s land by 2030. Although Biden’s executive order has not said that goal is 30% of farm land, Boozman said he is worried that the administration will try to take too […]