Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 12.19

December 19, 2022

Contents

  • Big Picture Overview 
  • A Quick Look Back 
  • Contact the Team 

Big Picture Overview

Late Monday, Congressional leadership released an omnibus package for FY2023 funding. For agriculture, rural development, FDA, and related agencies, the bill included $25.480 billion in discretionary funding. In the nutrition space, the summer EBT program would become permanent, providing up to $40 a month per child. In addition, the provision allows home delivery of summer meals for children in rural areas. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will receive $1.74 billion, an $111 million increase compared to FY2022 funding. In the bill, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) would be reauthorized with a 30% increase in registration and maintenance fees as well as authority for EPA to increase fees by 5% between 2024-2026. A summary of this funding can be found here. In addition, agriculture received additional disaster funding, including $3.7 billion to extend USDA’s Emergency Relief Program to assist producers with certain 2022 losses. Separately, rice producers received $250 million in funding to compensate for particularly adverse market prices and cotton producers received $100 million for supply chain and pandemic-related challenges.

On January 3rd, Republicans will take the gavel in the House. To that end, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report outlining the schedule of House proceedings for the first day of the 118th Congress. Click here to read more.

As Rep. Glen Thompson (R-PA) prepares to become Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, he has announced a congressional listening session on Saturday, January 7 at the 2023 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Committee makeup will not yet be official by that date; however, current Committee members have been invited along with other industry advocates in the House. 

A Quick Look Back

Contact the Team

Feel free to contact Michael Torrey, Tara Smith, Cassandra Kuball, James Glueck, Barbara Patterson, Katie Naessens, Caroline Snell, Danielle Nelson, Julie McClure, Ashley Willits, Perry Harlow, or Tracy Boyle with any questions or comments. 

Food and agricultural organizations that need the right results in Washington, D.C. can trust Torrey Advisory Group to put its relationships, reputation, and expertise to work on your issue. Since 2005, the firm has successfully provided legislative and regulatory guidance, issues management, and association management services to a wide variety of clients. Learn more about us at torreydc.com. 

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