Ag Gets Tapped in the Inflation Reduction Act

Ag Gets Tapped in the Inflation Reduction Act

If there were a word for 2022, it would be “inflation.” Unfortunately. You can guess where this is going… Spend money to make money: The Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and there’s a lot to unpack. Rather than letting the suitcase sit for...
Not the Same Ol’ Farm Bill Drill

Not the Same Ol’ Farm Bill Drill

After four years—which seemingly went by at warp speed—it’s that time again. Stakeholders are spooling up for the 2018 Farm Bill’s expiration in September of 2023. Coalition creation: Veteran farm policymakers advised National Corn Growers’ Association members that...
The Pressure Is On

The Pressure Is On

The Senate and Instant Pots have something in common: pressure. (#NotAnAd) Help me tie this together: Last year, the House passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act to reform the H-2A visa program to help with the lack of adequate farm labor and, well… the Senate is...
The FDA & USDA Animal Oversight Brawl

The FDA & USDA Animal Oversight Brawl

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) directs the FDA to hand over regulatory oversight of food animal biotechnology to the USDA – and they aren’t loosening their grip. The MOU, signed by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett...
USDA’s Cross-Country Move Conundrum

USDA’s Cross-Country Move Conundrum

It was controversial then. It is controversial now. In 2019, you likely remember when two arms of the USDA, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), were moved out of Washington, D.C. to Kansas City. The move was...