Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 9.20

Monday, September 20th, 2021


September 20, 2021

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

Big Picture Outlook

Possible Delays for Both Infrastructure BillsAs debate continues among Democrats to finalize their $3.5 trillion Build Back Better spending plan, the planned September 27 vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill may be delayed. Many progressive Democrats vowed to not vote on the bipartisan bill unless it is passed in lock-step with the ‘human infrastructure’ bill, leaving the timelines of both up in the air. The House’s reconciliation bill is still missing the much anticipated text for $28 billion meant for conservation programs and debt relief. Senators Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) continue to raise concerns over the price tag and provisions in the $3.5 trillion package.

Government Funding and Debt Coming to a HeadThe Senate Appropriations Committee markups have been stalled as Republicans continue to push for a discussion on top-line funding levels for defense and non-defense programs. This comes just over a week before the end of the current fiscal year. The House Rules Committee is meeting today to consider a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would extend government funding into December and stave off an immediate government shutdown. Also, this week, the House is planning to act on the debt limit which is likely to be breached sometime in mid-October or November. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will combine the CR along with an increase in the debt limit. Directly linking the two issues would make it difficult to gain the bipartisan support needed to pass, as Republicans have stated they will not support a debt ceiling suspension.

Chief Agriculture Negotiator Nominee Named – Elaine Trevino, the current President of the Almond Alliance in California, was identified as the nominee for the Chief Ag Negotiator role within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The announcement drew praise for Trevino’s roots in agriculture and experience as a deputy secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

The Week Ahead 

 Monday, September 20

  • 12:00 PM EST: House Committee on the Rules holds a meeting on an act for continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022

Tuesday, September 21

  • 10:00 AM EDT: House Committee on Agriculture holds a markup of H. Res. 271, Recognizing the Importance of the Blueberry Industry to the US and Supporting the Designation of July 20201 as National Blueberry Month

Thursday, September 23

  • 10:00 AM EST: House Agriculture Committee holds a hearing to discuss Voluntary Carbon Markets in Agriculture and Forestry.

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

A Quick Look Back 

“Biofuel Makers Seeks Changes to Aviation Fuel Tax Credit in Biden Spending Plans” Reuters

“China Seeks to Join Pacific Trade Pact After the U.S. Forms New Security Alliance” Time

Prescribing tomatoes and carrots could help some Americans eat better Yahoo News

Revise but preserve milk pricing system, producers sayIowa Capital Dispatch

USDA projects smallest wheat carryover in eight yearsBaking Business

Vilsack touts new ag productivity coalition as a counter to EU Farm Progress

House Dems drop changes to stepped-up basis in reconciliation package Wisconsin State Farmer

“FAPRI Sees Lowers 2022 Farm Income” Progressive Farmer

What does the Biden Vaccine Mandate Mean for Farmers?Ag Web

EPA Rescinds Previous Administration’s Guidance on Clean Water Act Permit Requirements EPA

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.