The House and Senate agriculture committees have long been known as some of the most bipartisan panels in Congress. But when one party or the other insists on pushing a partisan political priority, the result may be the kind of resentment that marked a House agriculture committee on Tuesday.
The meeting was due to consider two minor bills – one designating last July as National Blueberry Month and the other providing additional funding for agricultural fairs. But Republicans have used it to accuse President David Scott, D-Ga., Of ignoring more pressing issues, and GOP lawmakers have also called for details of the conservation provisions that will be in the massive budget reconciliation of his party.
Rep. Dusty Johnson, RS.D., said the committee should work on issues such as mandatory livestock price reporting; the current rules of the reporting system expire at the end of the month.
“I’m sorry, Mr. Chairman, but I don’t understand why instead of dealing with ASF, forest fires, drought or mandatory price reporting, we are trying to gain respect for the blueberry.” Johnson said. “I hope that tomorrow will bring more serious work to this committee.”
On conservation expenses: Representative Austin Scott, R-Ga., Pressed both the committee chair as well as Jim Costa, D-Calif., For details on the $ 28 billion in funding planned for conservation. The President replied that the details would be available “at the appropriate time”.
Costa did not confirm whether or not he saw the wording of the bill, but said he believed it needed to be shared with Republicans on the committee at some point.
Democrats try to strike a deal
Democrats in the House and Senate are trying to come to an agreement this week on the details of the massive spending program. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, DN.Y., said the goal was to have the compromise ready by next Monday, when the House is expected to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate.
Schumer said he was working with moderate Democrats on a possible deal. At least two Senate Democrats have insisted they will not support the $ 3.5 trillion in spending that progressives want.
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US and European food groups hail global pledge against methane
The United States and the European Union are leading an effort to reduce global methane emissions by 30% by 2030, and the largest animal feed organizations on both sides of the Atlantic are saying they are fully in favor.
The American Feed Industry Association and the European Compound Feed Manufacturers have pointed out that the key to reducing emissions from livestock is to improve nutrient uptake by animals – not efforts to get people to eat less meat and of dairy products.
Senior officials of the two groups said Tuesday in a joint statement: “We know that achieving a significant change in reducing global methane emissions will only be achieved through the use of science and technology – which help farmers today to feed more people with less – not drastic and unrealistic calls to change food consumption habits.
UN Fund: Farmers Need Incentives
The world’s food systems need a “revolution,” said an official with the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development on the eve of the United Nations Food Systems Summit.
Jyotsna Puri, associate vice president of IFAD’s Strategy and Knowledge Department, discussed a report released on Tuesday that calls for more investment in small and medium-sized farms and the development of pricing systems. that reflect the full and actual cost of production, including rewarding farmers for ecosystem services, such as maintaining healthy soil and regulating pests.
The report is one of many published around the UN summit, which takes place in New York on Thursday.
EPA Extends Dicamba Data Deadline
EPA is giving dicamba registrants more time to submit data on herbicide damage to crops and other plants.
A spokesperson for the agency said Agri-Pulse that Bayer, BASF, Corteva and Syngenta now have until October 1 to return the information. The original deadline was September 19. “The EPA will analyze and evaluate the reports to determine if further action is needed,” the spokesperson said.
USDA won‘t take action following a new case of BSE in the UK
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs provided USDA with an analysis of a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy discovered on a farm in Somerset, England, last week, but However, the United States is not banning British beef, according to a spokesperson for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
The United States lifted its 24-year ban on British beef in March of last year.
The APHIS spokesperson confirmed the case in England was an “isolated and unique case of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy” and said “there is no need for APHIS to implement changes “.
The UK agency said the infected cow died on the farm before being removed. Additionally, the government said it had locked the farm down while investigators attempted to identify the source of the infection.
USDA Confirms Spread of ASF in Haiti
The USDA has confirmed a case of African swine fever in Haiti. The infected pig was discovered near the border with the Dominican Republic, where swine disease has already been reported.
“Although unfortunate, this detection is not unexpected given the recent cases of ASF in the Dominican Republic,” APHIS said in a statement.
The United States has banned pork and pork products from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The USDA is trying to ensure that major pork importers do not ban U.S. pork if ASF is detected in one of the territories.
He said it. “When we see the suicide rate now, we see the rate of not talking to people. … Conversations take place during dinner, lunch or breakfast. And so when people ask, “What are you doing and why are you doing it?” That’s why you’re doing it. Be proud of it, brag about it. – Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to President Joe Biden, speaking to members of the United Fresh Produce Association, on the importance of food and shared meals in building human bonds.
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