Daybreak Aug 6: Major Farm Groups Support New Conservation Spending | 2021-08-06


A dozen major farm groups have jumped into the fray over funding for conservation as part of the estimated $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation plan Democrats plan to bring to the Senate, calling for “increased investment in climate-smart agricultural practices that sequester carbon or reduce greenhouse gas emissions ”.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders on Thursday, the groups said they “support efforts to increase spending on conservation incentives, including strong technical and financial assistance, under future infrastructure legislation.”

They also said they supported increased investment in rural broadband and expressed concern about changing the current tax structure to pay for infrastructure.

Senate Agriculture Committee chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Said she wants to get $ 50 billion in new conservation spending over the next 10 years from the program.

“What we’re talking about in this budget process is investing more in proven and popular conservation programs and practices that work well and benefit a wide range of producers,” Stabenow said. “That’s why you see such a wide range of farm groups supporting this effort. “

The groups that signed the letter are: National Federation of Dairy Farmers, National Council of Agricultural Co-operatives, Association of Agricultural Retailers, American Seed Trade Association, CropLife America, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Wheat Producers Association, National Farmers Union, National Potato Council, Produce Marketing Association and US Apple Association.

AMS announces two more reports to increase beef price transparency

USDA’s agricultural marketing service said Thursday it will release two additional reports on market news. on beef prices to improve market transparency.

USDA’s Decision to Use Mandatory Livestock Reporting Data to Add a Daily National Direct Formula Cattle Report and Weekly Net Cattle Price Distribution Report to the USDA Market Range News was applauded by both the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the US Cattlemen’s Association. The USCA sent AMS a letter on July 13 asking it to “immediately consider” whether AMS could release additional information on live cattle transactions.

Republicans Roger Marshall of Kansas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa have also expressed their support.

The first appearance of the Daily Report will be on Monday. It will examine the fundamental prices used in formulas, schedules and contracts in the livestock market. The first issue of the weekly report will be released on Tuesday and will show the volume of livestock purchased at different price points within these formulas, schedules and contracts.

Biden signs executive order setting sales target for zero-emission vehicles

President Biden Thursday signed a new decree setting a target that half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 will be zero-emission vehicles.

But the order has some in the renewable fuels industry concerned that Biden’s approach leaves renewable fuels out of the equation.

“The overall goal should be to achieve net zero emissions as quickly as possible without dictating the way forward to get there or putting all of our eggs in one tech basket,” said Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, in a statement. “Any plan to decarbonize the transportation sector should recognize the huge opportunity for low-carbon liquid fuels like ethanol to reduce GHG emissions from internal combustion engines in the short term. “

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said in a statement she wanted the Biden administration to focus on reducing emissions by fully implementing the RFS, accelerating the transition to E15 and investing in biofuels.

Chinese Imports Boost U.S. Pork Shipments

China’s pig industry may be almost recovered from African swine fever, but the country continues to import. The USDA on Thursday announced sales of 18,300 metric tonnes of US pork to Chinese buyers and US shipments of 4,900 tonnes during the week of July 23-29.

It was also a strong week for US corn exports, according to the latest weekly data from the USDA. The United States shipped 909,500 tonnes of corn to China during the seven-day period. All US corn exports for the week totaled around 1.4 million tonnes, a 4% increase from the previous week and a 20% increase from the previous four week average.

GE salmon hit again by rider Murkowski requiring special labeling

AquaBounty’s genetically modified Atlantic salmon is once again the target of a language of credits backed by Republican Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski.

A provision of the farm spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and released late at night would require GM salmon to be labeled “genetically engineered”, as opposed to a less obvious notification that the product is genetically modified.

Murkowski said salmon deserved special treatment in part because of its status as the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. “This is about disclosure,” she said during the committee’s markup.

But Republican Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, where AquaBounty has a production facility, objected to the language, included for the first time in the FY2020 spending bill. “Consumers should know about it. what’s in their food and I’m in favor of clear disclosure rules, ”he said, but added that it was“ incorrect for the committee to single out anything specifically ”.

Demand for industrial ethanol in India has increased with the pandemic

The United States is the largest foreign supplier of industrial ethanol to India and demand increased during the pandemic as the country consumed more disinfectants and disinfectants, according to a new analysis commissioned by the US Grains Council. The United States exported 183 million gallons of industrial grade ethanol to India in 2020.

“We are looking to expand the use of ethanol globally for fuels and industrial applications,” said Brian Healy, director of global ethanol market development at USGC. “This is another example of our efforts around the world to better understand how industrial applications can be extended in what is already a large market.

India’s demand for fuel ethanol is expected to increase sharply as the pandemic abates and the country increases its dependence on biofuels, but India is not allowing imports of ethanol as a fuel.

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