Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 1.17
WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE
January 17, 2022
- Big Picture Outlook
- The Week Ahead\
- A Quick Look Back
- Contact the Team
Big Picture Outlook
“Build Back Better” Budget Reconciliation Package
Democrats are looking to pull out climate-smart ag provisions and clean energy incentives from the Build Back Better bill and move them as a separate package, according to Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. Additionally, Stabenow has acknowledged that they will also have to rework a tax incentive for electric vehicles that is targeted to U.S.-manufactured cars and trucks.
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a stay of the OSHA vaccine-or-test requirement on private businesses of 100 or more workers, dealing a setback to the Biden administration’s effort to control the COVID pandemic. By a 6-3 vote, the court reasoned that the agency exceeded its authority to regulate workplace safety. At the same time, the justices voted 5-4 to allow the Biden administration to require vaccination of health care workers at facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients, subject to religious and medical exemptions.
Electric Vehicle Ag Committee Hearing
On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to discuss the implications of electric vehicles for agriculture and rural America. The committee focused on the investments that will need to be made to ensure the successful growth of the electric vehicle industry. The use of biofuels to ensure low carbon transportation during the long period of transition to electric vehicles was given significant consideration. Several members expressed concern about the lack of investments and policy advantages provided to biofuels and what that would mean for the agricultural industry going forward.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee advanced Robert Califf’s nomination to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in a 13-8 vote Thursday. Califf ran the FDA during the last year of the Obama administration.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, January 20
- 10:00 AM EST: House Agriculture Committee holds a hearing to Review the State of the Rural Economy with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
To see a full list of House and Senate Committee business, visit here.
A Quick Look Back
“Vilsack Wants to Double Cover Crop Acres by 2030” Farm Progress
“Labor Shortages Mean Trouble for Ag” The Collegian
“Economic Impact of Higher Fertilizer Prices on AFPC’s Representative Crop Farms” Agricultural and Food Policy Center Texas A&M University
Contact the Team
Feel free to contact Michael Torrey, Tara Smith, Danielle Nelson, Cassandra Kuball, James Glueck, Barbara Patterson, Trey Forsyth, Julie McClure, Perry Harlow, or Brandon Barnett with any questions or comments.