Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 5.10

Monday, May 10th, 2021


May 10, 2021

  • Big Picture Outlook
  • The Week Ahead
  • MTA In Action
  • A Quick Look Back
  • Contact the Team

Big Picture Outlook

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture to Receive Senate Agriculture Committee Vote– Dr. Jewel Bronaugh will receive a vote from the Senate Agriculture Committee in the evening of May 10, which will likely set up a final vote for the full Senate. During her confirmation hearing in April, she received praise from both parties with few pointed questions. Several other USDA leader nominees await confirmation, including Robert Bonnie as the nominee for undersecretary for farm production and conservation, Jennifer Moffitt as the choice for undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, and Janie Hipp as general counsel.

House Plans June Markups of Fiscal 2022 Spending Bills- The House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) expects government funding bills to go through subcommittees and full committee markups next month, followed by floor passage of the fiscal 2022 measures in July. The bills will include earmark requests through a revamped process. The Senate spending bills will likely lag, possibly delaying the process past the September 30 deadline for funding the government.

30×30 Initiative Report Released- The Interior Department, USDA, and other agencies released a report outlining how to reach the goal of conserving 30 percent of U.S. land and water by 2030. One agricultural recommendation is to incentivize and reward voluntary conservation efforts of ranchers, farmers, and forest owners. It also recommends creating jobs through a Civilian Climate Corps.

USMCA Commission to Meet This Month – The first U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Free Trade Commission will officially hold a meeting in mid-May. The dates will likely be May 17 and 18 as U.S. industries are pushing for stricter enforcement of USCMA trade rules.

The Week Ahead 

Monday, May 10

  • 5:30 PM EST: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee holds a business meeting to consider the nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Tuesday, May 11

  • 2:30 PM EST: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports holds a hearing to examine freight mobility, focusing on strengthening America’s supply chains and competitiveness

Wednesday, May 12

  • 9:30 AM EST: Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing to examine the President’s 2021 trade policy agenda
  • 10:00 AM EST: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies holds a hearing on USDA Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area
  • 12:00 PM EST: House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry holds a hearing on Title II Conservation Programs: Exploring Climate Smart Practices
  • 10:15 AM EST: House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services holds a hearing examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service

Thursday, May 13

  • 9:30 AM EST: House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing to examine the Biden Administration’s 2021 trade policy agenda

To see a full list of House and Senate Committee business, visit here.

MTA In Action

MTA Welcomes James Glueck to Staff – Michael Torrey Associates is pleased to welcome James Glueck as a Vice President of Government Affairs, where he will provide strategic guidance to clients on a wide array of agriculture and food policy issues. James joins MTA from the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, where he was staff director under the leadership of Chairman Pat Roberts. For over a decade, James has played an integral role on the Committee and in the personal office of former U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), advising on a wide range of subjects including risk management, biotechnology, grain handling, nutrition, trade, foreign relations, and water issues. His legislative experience includes successful passage and oversight of the 2018 and 2014 farm bills as well as the 2016 biotechnology food disclosure law.

A Quick Look Back 

“Hunger Rates Plummet After Two Rounds of Stimulus Politico

“Global Food Prices Highest in Seven Years Agri-Pulse

“RFS Scrutiny Continues” Politico

WHO Sets Sodium Benchmarks for Food” World Health Organization

U.S. Trade Deficit Hits Record $74.4 billion in March” U.S. Census Bureau

“Midwest Farmers Look to Plow Through Biden’s E.V. Push Politico

Extreme Weather Costs Farms Billions and Threatens to Overwhelm” Inside Climate

Leading Soybean-Producing States Need Bridge Repairs” The Hagstrom Report

Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule” Agri-Pulse

“China Makes 1.36M ton purchase of US Corn for 2021-22” Seeking Alpha

Contact the Team 

Feel free to contact Michael TorreyTara Smith, Danielle Nelson, Cassandra KuballJames Glueck, Jessica KuneyBarbara Patterson, Trey Forsyth, Perry Harlow, or Brandon Barnett with any questions or comments.