Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 5.24

Monday, May 24th, 2021

WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE

May 24, 2021

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

Big Picture Outlook

Biden to Release Full Budget Request May 28- Following Biden’s skinny budget request from April 15, a slightly delayed May 28 full budget request from the President will flesh out the fiscal year 2022 proposal, which begins October 1. It will include proposals for mandatory spending and tax reform, discretionary spending details and will likely tie in the President’s vision for infrastructure and jobs.

USMCA Commission Met On May 17-18- U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai met with her trade counterparts in Canada and Mexico on May 17-18 as part of the first USMCA Free Trade Commission meeting. While the meeting focused on trilateral cooperation on environment and labor, USTR raised food and agricultural trade issues in separate bilateral meetings with Canada and Mexico.

This Week is Key for Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks- House Republicans announced their $400 billion surface transportation-only proposal as an option for addressing infrastructure on May 19. Senate Republicans continued meetings with Administration officials last week but offered no new plan beyond their initial $528 billion proposal. The White House responded with a $1.7 trillion proposal on May 21. This amount is down from the Administration’s initial $2.3 trillion.  Separately, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released bipartisan text for a surface transportation bill markup signaling the potential for smaller, bipartisan agreement on some of the legislative pieces.  However, the pressure is mounting, especially among more progressive members, for some breakthrough on infrastructure talks before the Memorial recess at the end of this week.


The Week Ahead 

Wednesday, May 26

  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies holds a hearing to examine budgeting for the future of forest management, focusing on rethinking resiliency
  • 12:00 PM EST: House Agriculture Committee Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Future of SNAP: Moving Past the Pandemic.”

Wednesday, May 26

  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies holds a hearing to examine the budgeting for the future of forest management, focusing on rethinking resiliency

Thursday, May 27

  • 9:30 AM EST: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Meeting holds a hearing to examine the nomination of Janie Simms Hipp to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture

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


MTA In Action

Barbara Patterson Tells Her Story to University of Michigan Food & Ag Network – Barbara Patterson, one of the Vice Presidents on our policy team, recently received a spotlight by the University of Michigan’s Food & Ag Network. She wrote about her experience starting as a history student in college and her evolution into a food and agricultural policy expert today.


A Quick Look Back 

“USDA Releases Climate Strategy” USDA

“China Buys More U.S. New Crop Corn Agri-Pulse

“USDA Kicks Off Debt Relief Program For Minority FarmersAgWeek

“Future of Ethanol Waivers Now In Supreme Court HandsNewsDakota

U.S. Appeals Court Vacates Three Trump Administration Biofuel Waivers” Reuters

U.S. EPA To Keep Biofuel Mandates Steady in 2021-22” Reuters

China Keeps Buying More U.S. Corn”  FarmProgress

High Grain Prices and Production Costs to Likely Push Input Prices Up” FarmFutures

USDA Extends Deadline for Supply Chain Comments Agri-Pulse


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.