Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 7.26

Monday, July 26th, 2021


July 26, 2021

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

Big Picture Outlook

Senate Democrats Plan On Supporting Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal – Democratic senators said they expect all members of their caucus to sign on to the final bipartisan product, with the assurance that the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation proposal will include their top priorities. Even Democrats who are skeptical of GOP cooperation said they were hopeful that a bipartisan deal on physical infrastructure would come to fruition, given that Biden has thrown the weight of the White House behind it and is already traveling the country to promote the framework.

Congressional Leaders Differ On Infrastructure Plan Timeline – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) disagreed Sunday over the next steps for the bipartisan infrastructure package. Pelosi said that while House Democrats are rooting for the infrastructure bill to pass, she reiterated her pledge that the House will not take it up unless the Senate also passes the separate $3.5 trillion social spending package. Portman responded that Pelosi’s remarks are counter to what President Biden has committed to and inconsistent with the agreement they have on a bipartisan basis.

House FY22 Appropriations Advances to House Floor – The House Committee on Rules meets on July 26 to prepare a seven-bill package of appropriations bills for floor debate, including proposed amendments. The Agriculture/FDA bill is included in the “mini-bus” package, as well as Energy/Water, Labor/HHS/Education, Interior/Environment and others. On the Senate side, the Appropriations subcommittees are expected to start holding markups this week, beginning the start of their appropriations process.

House Committee on Ways & Means Hearing on Forced Labor in Supply Chains – The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on forced labor throughout all supply chains and actions to enforce and protect workers. Addressing the forced labor issue throughout the supply chains of cocoa, palm oil, sugar, polysilicon, cotton, seafood, and others received bipartisan support from members on the committee . Members applauded the 2016 closure of the consumptive demand loophole within the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act but agreed more enforcement is necessary.

Senate Committee on The Judiciary Held Hearing on Immigrant Agricultural Labor – The Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on the importance of immigrant labor in the agricultural industry and heard industry leaders from across the country who support providing undocumented farmworkers with legal status. The discussion mainly consisted of debate surrounding the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the shortcomings of the current H2A worker visa program.

The Week Ahead 

Monday, July 26

  • 5:30 PM EST: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry holds business meeting to vote on the nomination of Jennifer Lester Moffitt, of California, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (the meeting will not be webcast).

Tuesday, July 27

  • 9:30 AM EST: Senate Committee on Finance holds hearing to examine the implementation and enforcement of the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement, focusing on one year after entry into force.
  • 10:00 AM EST: House Committee on Agriculture will hold a markup on H.R. 267, 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act.

Wednesday, July 28

  • 10:00 AM EST: House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture holds hearing on the State of the Beef Supply Chain: Shocks, Recovery, and Rebuilding.
  • 10:15 AM EST: House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services holds hearing on examining Federal Nutrition Programs for young Children and infants.
  • 1:00 PM EST: House Committee on Natural Resources holds hearing on the President’s fiscal year 2022 Budget Priority for the Territories: Medicaid, SSI, and SNAP Parity.
  • 2:30 PM EST: Senate Committee on Judiciary holds hearing to examine America’s meat supply chain.

Thursday, July 29

  • 9:00 AM EST: House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis holds hearing on financing climate solutions and job creation.
  • 10:00 AM EST: House Committee on Agriculture holds hearing on 21st Century Food Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture’s Role in Protecting Domestic Food Supply Chains and Infrastructure.
  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry holds hearing to examine the nominations of Xochitl Torres Small, of New Mexico, to be Under Secretary for Rural Development, and Robert Farrell Bonnie, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, both of the Department of Agriculture.

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

A Quick Look Back 

“Most Corn Crop Silking, Soybean Crop Condition Rating Rises” Successful Farming

“Farm Bureau Warns Of Danger From US Duties On Fertilizer Imports” Agri-Pulse

“Grassley, Vilsack Call For Immigration Reform” Successful Farming

“US Lawmakers Push Carbon Border Tariff Similar To EU’s CBAM” Euractiv

“USDA Nominee Will Seek Fair Livestock Marketing Rules” Successful Farming

“Key Nomination For Biden Climate Agenda Advances to Full Senate” Inside Climate

“Sen. Boozman Says USDA Improperly Raised CRP Payment Rates” Brownfield Ag News

“COVID Aid Made Up Most Of 2020 Farm Support Agri-Pulse

“Grasshopper Swarms Overwhelm US West” The Guardian

“Farmers Have A Big Problem: They Can’t Find A Way To Ship Their Stuff NPR News

“Big Coronavirus Increases In SNAP And Farm Spending” Successful Farming

Contact the Team 

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