Farmers are becoming more doubtful of a farm bill in 2023
Two out of three crop and livestock producers say they are uncertain or believe Congress is unlikely to enact a new farm bill this year, said a Purdue University survey on Tuesday. Neither the Senate or House Agriculture committees have unveiled a preliminary version of the bill or scheduled a bill-drafting session, an unusually slow start.
House panel votes to add whole milk to school lunches
Overriding nutritional guidelines, the House Education Committee approved, 26-13, a bill to allow schools to serve whole milk as part of the school lunch program. “For too long, milk has been demonized,” said sponsor Rep. Glenn Thompson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and a senior Republican on the Education panel.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
‘Dead zone’ grows bigger: The fish-killing “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico was forecast to cover 4,155 square miles of water this year, an increase of 1,000 square miles from last year and twice as large as the long-term goal, said NOAA. (NOLA.com)
U.S. scraps e-RIN proposal: The EPA will delete a proposal to modify the Renewable Fuel Standard to include electricity generated from biogas and used to power electric vehicles, said three unnamed sources. (Reuters)
NMPF’s Mulhern to retire: Jim Mulhern said he would retire as chief executive of the National Milk Producers Federation at the end of the year, capping a decade as the head of the organization. (NMPF)
Chesapeake Bay gets a C: This year’s Chesapeake Bay report card gave the bay and its watershed an overall grade of C, with improvements in four of the seven indicators — water clarity, nitrogen, phosphorus and aquatic grasses. (UMCES)
SEC files crypto complaint: On the same day its chief legal officer testified on cryptocurrency regulation, Coinbase was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of “operating its crypto asset trading platform as an unregistered national securities exchange, broker and clearing agency.” (SEC)