February 14, 2022
- Big Picture Outlook
- Thoughts from Team Torrey
- The Week Ahead
- A Quick Look Back
Big Picture Outlook
House Ag Committee Hearings
On Tuesday, the House Agriculture Committee continued efforts to review policies in preparation for the next farm bill. The Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing to review farm policy with USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, Robert Bonnie. Several Republican members of the subcommittee raised concern with USDA’s recent announcement of $1 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation funding for the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities pilot projects. Republican members felt the program announcement was misguided and overstepped the authority from Congress. Bipartisan unity among the committee occurred as members spoke of The New York Times opinion video titled “Meet the People Getting Paid to Kill Our Planet.” Bonnie said he was disappointed in the video, calling it “horrible.” The House Ag Committee will continue oversight efforts to prepare for the 2023 farm bill with a hearing on February 15 to examine USDA’s Office of Civil Rights and the handling of complaints.
Last Tuesday, the House passed a third continuing resolution for the current fiscal year that began October 1 to extend current funding levels through March 11. The previous stopgap was set to expire on February 18. The Senate is expected to pass the short-term extension this week. On Wednesday, House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders announced a deal on a “framework” that will allow them to start writing an omnibus spending bill for the 2022 fiscal year. The agreement is set to have increases for defense and nondefense spending and to maintain current policy riders. Leadership in the House and Senate is optimistic that an omnibus can be negotiated and passed before the March 11 deadline.
NASDA Officials Meeting This Week
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture officials are meeting this week to consider a range of policy changes. Officials from USDA, EPA, and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee are expected to speak with the group during their conference.
The Week Ahead
Tuesday, February 15
- 11:00 AM EST: House Small Business Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development Subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s Benefits for Small Businesses”
- 12:00 PM EST: House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations holds a hearing for a Review of the Office of the Inspector General Report on ‘USDA Oversight of Civil Rights Complaints’
Wednesday, February 16
- 10:00 AM EST: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on “The Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Challenges and Opportunities.”
To see a full list of House and Senate Committee business, visit here.
A Quick Look Back
“RFA, Growth Energy Submit Comments to EPA on RVOs” The Fence Post
“White House Faces Equity Challenge in EV-infrastructure Push” National Journal
“Ethanol Production Drops Below 1M Barrels” Market Watch