We have more details on the Democrats’ plans to use their massive Build Back Better bill to promote cover crops and other forms of climate-smart agriculture. Agri-Pulse secured a proposed amendment to the bill that authorizes funding of $ 28 billion for conservation.
Ag Senate Speaker Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Said the spending would reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 142 million cars off the road. Republicans continue to be frustrated that Democrats are rewriting the provisions of the Farm Bill without GOP input.
The amendment would also create a new debt relief program to replace the one passed in March which is blocked in court due to its restriction to minority farmers. The proposed new program does not contain any limitations based on race.
Keep in mind: These provisions could be changed before the House actually votes on this bill, and it is possible that spending will be reduced as well. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Conceded over the weekend that the overall bill will have to be smaller due to resistance to the $ 3.5 trillion price tag.
Funding bill fails Senate procedural vote
The odds of a government shutdown are growing day by day, with funding set to run out Thursday after Senate Republicans blocked an interim spending bill on Monday that included $ 10 billion in disaster assistance and reportedly funded the government until mid-December.
“There is no scenario in God’s Green Land where it should be worth risking millions of jobs, billions of household wealth, people’s social security checks, veterans’ benefits – and another recession, “said Senate Majority Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. But Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Criticized Schumer for leaving his party out of reconciliation talks.
“There is no way the Republicans will help lift Democrats’ credit limits, so they can immediately slip through a socialist frenzy that will hurt families and help China,” McConnell said.
Sixty votes were needed for the measure to materialize. But the bill passed by the House last week was dead when it came to the Senate because it included text to raise the federal debt limit, which Republicans opposed.
Pork Producers and Farm Bureau Go to Supreme Court for California Proposition 12
The fight against California’s animal housing law, Proposition 12, could be ruled on by the Supreme Court if it resumes a petition filed Monday by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Groups seek review of US Court of Appeals decision for Ninth Circuit that found law did not violate “dormant trade clause” by imposing housing requirements for pork shipped within the state.
The “dormant trade clause” “refers to the prohibition, implicit in the trade clause, against states passing legislation that excessively discriminates or overburdens interstate commerce,” according to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School.
The petition says the law “greatly promotes interstate commerce,” noting that California residents consume 13% of the country’s pork, but “99.9% of pork sold in the state comes from sows raised outside of the state. “.
A previous attempt to bring the matter to court failed in June when the court dismissed a petition filed in a separate case by the North American Meat Institute.
DoD considers more PFAS testing under defense bills
Congress is set to demand that the Defense Department do more to tackle PFAS contamination at its bases.
The National Defense Authorization Act that authorized the House last week includes a requirement to conduct tests at all military installations, formerly used defense sites and National Guard facilities owned by the State.
It would also require the DoD to make public the results of any PFAS testing in areas downstream from facilities, unless the area covered is private property, in which case owner consent would be required.
The Senate bill, which was passed by the Armed Services Committee, also includes the two-year deadline and states that PFAS testing “provides at least a preliminary basis for determining whether additional environmental response measures are needed to fight against contamination “.
A DoD report released to Congress earlier this month said more than 2,100 farms in 37 states have been told they are within a mile of “downslope” from high levels of contamination by PFAS in military bases.
China opposes WTO arbitration panel on Australian wine trade
China on Monday blocked Australia’s first request from a World Trade Organization panel to rule on Chinese anti-dumping duties on Australian wine, but that will not stop the process, Geneva officials say .
Australia, still reeling from the loss of exports under tariffs, will have another opportunity on October 26, which China will not be able to stop.
Australia’s representatives at the WTO said the country had tried but failed to resolve the trade dispute and stressed that tariffs have effectively blocked exports to China, which previously accounted for 37% of Australian wine exports.
Keep in mind: Even if Australia ends up winning the dispute, a simple appeal from China could effectively slow the case down if the WTO does not find a functioning appeals court. WTO countries have been trying for years to reinstate appellate judges, and Monday’s last attempt failed again.
Mexico, speaking on behalf of 121 WTO member countries, has again offered to restart the process of installing appellate judges, but the United States continues to block the process. Representatives from more than 20 countries supported relaunching the WTO appeals court at Monday’s meeting, but the United States argued it must see major reforms at the WTO first .
Soybean planting in Brazil progressing slowly
Brazilian farmers continue to plant this year’s soybeans, but progress is slow as most expect the rains in the forecast, according to consulting firm AgRural. Still, some areas received heavy rain in the first two weeks of September, and Brazil had planted 1.3% of its crop last Thursday.
Planting may be slow as farmers expect better soil moisture, but it is still almost double compared to the same time last year.
So far, most of the planting has been done in the main producing states of Mato Grosso, Paraná and São Paulo. AgRural says activity on the ground is expected to resume quickly in October.
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Correction: Due to an editing error, American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings was misquoted in Monday’s Daybreak. Farmers who sell corn to Dakota Ethanol in South Dakota could get a premium of 40 cents a bushel for their corn if they follow certain conservation practices, ACE said.
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