In California’s Central Valley, Valadao prevails in race for Congress
California dairy farmer David Valadao, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump, defeated Democratic state legislator Rudy Salas for a fifth term in the House representing the agriculture-rich Central Valley, according to unofficial results. The victory expanded the GOP majority in the upcoming session to 219 seats — a one-vote cushion — with four races yet to be decided.
Oil and biofuel groups agree on year-round E15
As a gateway to year-round sales of E15 gasoline, Congress should adjust air pollution laws so they apply equally to all blends of ethanol, said groups ranging from the oil industry and fuel retailers to farmers and biofuel makers. In a joint letter Tuesday, the groups said the waiver would resolve the long-running debate over summertime sales of E15.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Pay for livestock disasters: Meatpackers would be required to prepare disaster plans and contribute to a fund to assist producers culling livestock during catastrophes, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, under a bill unveiled by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. (Booker)
First step in Ag Census: The USDA mailed letters to farmers and ranchers throughout the nation with codes allowing them to respond online to the Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, with responses due by Feb 6. Printed questionnaires will be mailed in December. (USDA)
Extend fair-play comments: Stakeholders will have an additional 45 days, until Jan. 17, to comment on its proposed regulation to prevent unfair and deceptive practices by processors in livestock marketing. (USDA)
Make manatees endangered again: Environmental groups asked the Interior Department to again list manatees as an endangered species because of algal blooms that are killing the seagrass that the marine mammals eat. (Associated Press)