Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 9.27

Monday, September 27th, 2021


September 27, 2021

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

Big Picture Outlook

House Budget Democrats Approved $3.5 Trillion Bill This Weekend – In a rare Saturday session, the House Budget Democrats approved the $3.5 trillion social spending plan. This signals progress on the massive bill as lawmakers head into a critical week. All Republican motions presented in the markup were defeated as the 12 sections of the bill text was combined into a single budget reconciliation draft. The package will change as negotiations continue in the Senate and the overall price tag is expected to decrease. Additionally, Speaker Pelosi faces a deadline today for calling up the bipartisan infrastructure package, and a vote is scheduled on Thursday. With the markup this past weekend, a call to vote on the $3.5 trillion plan could come in the House this week as well.

Reconciliation Plan Offers Investment in USDA Conservation Programs – House and Senate agriculture leaders are very close to finishing the $28 billion piece of the reconciliation package that was missing after the House Agriculture Committee markup two weeks ago. The $28 billion would be allocated to USDA conservation programs that support climate-smart agriculture. The bill would provide:

  • $5 billion for a cover crop program through the Farm Service Agency
  • $9 billion to boost spending for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • $4 billion for the Conservation Stewardship Program
  • $7.5 billion for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program
  • $1.5 billion to fund the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
  • $600 million to USDA for greenhouse-gas reductions and $50 million for USDA climate hubs

New Pay-for “Framework” Announced for Social SpendingSpeaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer met with the White House last Thursday and agreed to a “framework” of options that would offset the $3.5 trillion social spending plan. which notably lacked any change to stepped-up basis. Agreement on a universe of financing ideas will help move the social spending package forward. This new framework is designed to provide confidence to many confused lawmakers and those who disapprove of the topline spending level.

The Week Ahead 

 Wednesday, September 29

  • 10:00 AM EST: House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry holds a hearing to discuss the 2021 Wildland Fire Year: Responding to and Mitigating Threats to Communities
  • 10:00 AM EST: House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship holds a hearing to discuss Sustainable Forestry’s Role in Climate Solutions


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

A Quick Look Back 

“House Ag Committee Hears Needs for Voluntary Carbon Market Expansion” Brownfield

“USDA Investing $75 million in Partner-Led Projects with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Equity in Program Delivery” USDA NRCS

“Regan: Ag WOTUS Exemptions to Remain” Progressive Farmer

“Bill to reshape and revive Families Food Box Program introduced by powerful House Democrat” Food Safety News

“Biden Administration Considers Biofuel Blending Cuts, According to Reports” Farm Policy News

“Hurricane Ida caused more than $500M in damage to Louisiana’s agriculture” The Hill

“Senate Ag Committee Advances Wilkes Nomination” Brownfield

“U.S. Agriculture Chief Urges Farm Co-Ops to Toughen Cyber Defenses” Bloomberg Quint

“U.S. FDA lifts Japanese food imports restrictions- Japanese ministry” Reuters

“The offshoring of American agriculture” Blue Book Services

“UN study calls for sweeping policy changes in global food system” The Hill

“US Department of Labor announces enhanced, expanded measures

to protect workers from hazards of extreme heat, indoors and out” U.S. Department of Labor

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.