With new Covid plan, Biden calls for OSHA to update workplace safety protections – January 22, 2021

With new Covid plan, Biden calls for OSHA to update workplace safety protections The nation’s top workplace safety enforcer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will explore issuing enforceable workplace safety standards to protect workers from the spread of Covid-19 as part of President Joe Biden’s new pandemic strategy. Labor… Continue reading

Biden proposes legal status, path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers – January 21, 2021

Biden proposes legal status, path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers The estimated 1.25 million undocumented farmworkers in the United States would immediately gain legal status under the immigration reform bill unveiled by President Joe Biden on Wednesday, his first day in office. If passed, the bill would make the farmworkers… Continue reading

Over FDA objections, Trump administration says USDA can regulate GE livestock – January 20, 2021

Over FDA objections, Trump administration says USDA can regulate GE livestock The Trump administration, in a move sought by the hog industry, pushed through an interdepartmental memorandum before leaving office that allows the USDA to regulate food-bearing GE livestock. FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn publicly objected on Tuesday and said his… Continue reading

Biden chooses Virginia ag commissioner for deputy secretary at USDA – January 19, 2021

iden chooses Virginia ag commissioner for deputy secretary at USDA A day before his inauguration, President-elect Biden selected Jewel Bronaugh, the Virginia state agriculture commissioner, as his nominee for deputy agriculture secretary, the No. 2 post at USDA. Bronaugh would be the first Black deputy secretary at USDA.   After… Continue reading

FDA cool to USDA push to regulate GE livestock – January 14, 2021

After refusing to overturn election, five House ag panelists oppose impeachment Although they defied President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, five Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee voted on Wednesday against impeaching Trump for inciting the deadly mob attack on the Capitol last week. They said that… Continue reading

Agriculture must be part of climate change negotiations, says Farm Bureau – January 11, 2021

Agriculture must be part of climate change negotiations, says Farm Bureau Although blamed for 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture has a “great track record” through land stewardship and biofuels in mitigating climate change, says Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, in looking ahead to… Continue reading