‘We stand united’ to protect SNAP, say ag panel Democrats
House Democrats announced their opposition to further cuts to SNAP on Wednesday amid signs the farm bill will be the next battlefront over work requirements for safety net programs. “We stand united against efforts to take food away from children, families, or any vulnerable American — in the farm bill or any legislation,” said Rep. David Scott, the senior Democrat on the Agriculture Committee.
Lawsuit challenges EPA approval of 2,4-D herbicides
The EPA failed to take environmental and public health risks into account when it reapproved two brand-name weed killers produced by Corteva that contain the herbicide 2,4-D, according to a federal lawsuit that challenges the 2022 decision.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
USDA appointments: Two former Democratic members of the House Agriculture Committee were named to top USDA posts. Iowa’s Cindy Axne will be senior adviser for rural engagement, and Arizona’s Tom O’Halleran will be senior adviser to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. (USDA)
Weak global economic recovery: Global GDP is forecast to slow to 2.7 percent this year and then improve modestly, to 2.9 percent, in 2024, while inflation is expected to ease. (OECD)
Ukraine dam disaster: The country’s Agriculture Ministry said that in the wake of the Kakhovka dam explosion, nearly 25,000 acres of arable land on the Ukraine side of the Dnipro River and an area “several times” larger on the Russian-controlled side would be flooded. (Kyiv Independent)
New leader for milk group: A day after Jim Mulhern announced his retirement, the board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation voted to hire Gregg Doud, former U.S. chief agricultural negotiator, as the group’s new chief executive. (NMPF)
Prop 12 vexes NPPC: While the National Pork Producers Council, which lost a Supreme Court challenge of California’s Proposition 12 animal welfare law, said the U.S. pork industry will struggle to comply with the law, some foreign producers say they can. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)