Fairness in cattle markets will be a top priority, says Hipp – May 28, 2021

Fairness in cattle markets will be a top priority, says Hipp

Agricultural law expert Janie Hipp promised on Thursday to be “a big voice at the interdepartmental table” in dealing with cattle prices and biofuels if she is confirmed by the Senate to lead the USDA’s legal shop. “I commit to you that I will get on this [cattle price transparency] as one of my very, very top priorities.”

Lawmakers ask for $200 billion for USDA climate work

Thirty Democrats in the House and Senate, in a letter to congressional leaders working on broad-scale climate and infrastructure legislation, called for “a substantial investment in farmers, ranchers, and rural communities as part of the climate solution.”

Today’s Quick Hits

Bundy fears: Agricultural leaders in the Klamath Valley worry that the federal cutoff of irrigation water during the ongoing drought will attract anti-government activists like Ammon Bundy, who led the violent takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016. (Sacramento Bee)
More soybeans next year: While world soybean production is expected to grow 6 percent in 2021/22, to a record 383 million tonnes, trade would also be at record levels, so stocks will remain tight among key exporting nations. (International Grains Council)

U.S., China talk trade: In their first conversation since Joe Biden became president four months ago, the lead trade negotiators for China and the United States discussed the importance of trade relations between their nations. (BBC)

Urban ag grants available: Applications are due by July 30 from groups seeking a share of $4 million in grants to support urban agriculture and innovative food production projects. (USDA)

McCain to WFP: After weeks of speculation, Cindy McCain, widow of Sen. John McCain, remains the favorite to be appointed U.S. ambassador to the World Food Program. (Axios)

Drought eases in Dakotas: Although heavy rainfall has reduced the intensity of drought in the western areas of North and South Dakota, “very little vegetative matter is available for grazing.” (Drought Monitor)

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