Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 6.14

Monday, June 14th, 2021

WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE

June 14, 2021


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

Big Picture Outlook

Congress Begins Hearings on the President’s Budget- Following the release of the President’s budget request, with projected fiscal spending at $6 trillion, appropriators have been holding hearings on each section of the released budget before responding with chamber-specific budget resolutions of their own. Both chambers have started this process. On June 15, the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies holds its hearing on the USDA budget with Secretary Vilsack testifying.

Biden Shifts Infrastructure Negotiations Strategy with Senate Republicans- The White House infrastructure strategy has shifted as negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans have ended unsuccessfully.  The White House focus is now on cutting a deal with a bipartisan group of Senators that have been working on their own potential proposals. However, the effectiveness of these conversations is unknown as Senators within the group paint a confusing picture.

EPA to Reverse Trump’s Sweeping Clean Water Act Rollback- The Biden administration has announced its plan to undo the Trump-era rule that shrank the protections from the original Clean Water Act. The EPA Administrator stated he would repeal the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule as the EPA begins creating their own, more expansive definition of waterways subject to federal water protections. According to the EPA Administrator, the new, more protective and “durable” definition will be consistent with Supreme Court precedent and informed from previous regulations. Public outreach sessions will begin around the nation this summer.


The Week Ahead 

Tuesday, June 15

  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies holds a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2022 for the Department of Agriculture.
  • 11:00 EST: House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation holds a hearing on the “Impacts of Shipping Container Shortages, Delays, and Increased Demand on the North American Supply Chain.”
  • 11:00 EST: House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit holds a hearing on “Examining Opportunities for Growth and Investment in Rural America.”

Wednesday, June 16

  • 10:00 AM EST: House Committee on Agriculture holds a hearing on “1890 Land Grant Institutions: Investing for Agricultural Resiliency, Equity, and Global Impact.”
  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies holds a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2022 for the Department of the Interior
  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works holds a hearing to examine the nominations of Jeffrey Prieto and Jane Toshiko Nishida both to be an Assistant Administrator of the EPA, and Alejandra Castillo to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

Thursday, June 17

  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources holds a hearing to examine the President’s proposed budget request for fiscal year 2022 for the U.S. Forest Service.

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


A Quick Look Back 

“Biden Task Force to Examine Ag and Food Vulnerabilities” Agri-Pulse

“USDA Asking for Project Suggestions on Pest and Disease Management” USDA

“FDA Pitches More Focus on Chemicals & Heavy Metals in Baby Food” FDA

“Vilsack Looks to Launch $4B Food Supply Chain Overhaul” Politico

“US Ethanol Exports Decline 15% in April” Agri-Pulse

“Global Food Prices Rise at Fastest Rate in More than a Decade” Agri-Pulse

“G7 Ends With Agreement on Common Threats” New York Times

“Senate Agriculture Committee Advances USDA General Counsel Nominee” Politico

“Western U.S. Drought is Worst in Decades” New York Times

“Administration Agenda to Power a Robust & Equitable Economic Recovery” White House

“USDA Reverses Trump-era SNAP Eligibility Cuts” 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.