Today’s quick hits, May 7, 2021

Vote on Bronaugh: Sens. Debbie Stabenow and John Boozman announced a committee vote for Monday on the nomination of Jewel Bronaugh to be deputy agriculture secretary, the No. 2 job at the USDA. (Senate Agriculture) ‘Obecity, USA’ initiative: The Pennington Biomedical Research …

Today’s quick hits, May 6, 2021

’30×30′ is coming: The Biden administration plans to announce on Thursday a voluntary and locally led effort to meet its goal of preserving 30 percent of U.S. land and coastal waters by 2030. (FERN’s Ag Insider) Food insecurity declines: The U.S. food insecurity rate …

Today’s quick hits, May 5, 2021

Vilsack at White House: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday will appear at the White House to “talk about the vital child nutrition proposals in the American Families Plan,” said press secretary Jen Psaki. The plan includes a permanent expansion of summer meals and the …

Today’s quick hits, May 4, 2021

Pandemic aid tally: The USDA paid a combined $64 million on 2,466 applications from farmers and ranchers for pandemic relief last week, according to the most recent data. (FERN’s Ag Insider) Supermarkets’ share dwindles: Alternative grocers such as Amazon, Target, Costco, Walmart …

Today’s quick hits, May 3, 2021

Timetable for organic rules: Decrying long delays at the USDA, six lawmakers filed a bill in the House that would give the department two years to implement changes proposed by the National Organic Standards Board in the rules governing the organic agriculture program. (Organic Trade …

Today’s quick hits, April 30, 2021

GE food review: The European Commission announced a review of EU rules on the development and approval of genetically engineered foods that has the potential to loosen restrictions on gene-edited crops. (Reuters) China lags (again): While China comes closest in the agriculture category to …

Today’s quick hits, April 29, 2021

Nix on credits: Microsoft has rejected tens of thousands of carbon credits offered by agricultural projects because of the difficulty of measuring their climate benefits, spotlighting one of the challenges of farmer participation in a carbon market. (Reuters) WIC incentive: The USDA has offered …

Today’s quick hits, April 28, 2021

Moffitt nominated for USDA: President Biden tabbed Jennifer Moffitt, a California state agriculture official who grew up on an organic walnut farm, to serve as agriculture undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, one of nine subcabinet posts at the USDA. (White House) EPA deputy …

Today’s quick hits, April 27, 2021

Unending sign-up: After tweaking the Conservation Reserve with higher payment rates and a climate-mitigation focus, the USDA said the ongoing enrollment period “will extend until an announcement is made that signup will end.” So-called continuous enrollment for high-priority practices will …

Today’s quick hits, April 26, 2021

Sesame on allergy list: President Biden signed into law legislation that adds sesame to the federal list of major allergens for purposes of food labeling. (White House) McKilap is USDA adviser: Doug McKilap, a member of the White House Domestic Council during the Obama era, was appointed senior …