That is really a watershed second for agriculture. A number of bipartisan payments are shifting by way of each chambers of Congress proper now.
The American Beef Labeling Act, S.2716, is now into consideration within the Agriculture, Vitamin and Forestry Committee. Merely put, it requires the U.S. Commerce Consultant and Division of Agriculture to work with the World Commerce Group to develop language to allow Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (M-COOL) for beef. If no deal is reached by the U.S. commerce consultant that satisfies the WTO inside a yr of enactment, S.2716 then turns into regulation and the U.S. will take pleasure in the advantages of M-COOL for beef. It’s sponsored by two Republicans and two Democrats. It makes a lot sense for People to know what nation their beef originates from that even Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who’s a vegan, is likely one of the co-sponsors. This invoice will not be solely good for agricultural producers, however shoppers as nicely. Evidently whatever the animosity within the nation’s capital, politicians on each side of the aisle can agree on meals security and agricultural points. This can be because of the meals shortages the U.S. has been experiencing in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally in committee is S.2855, which extends the mandatory reporting to USDA by livestock packing vegetation. Transparency is the purpose of this invoice. That is co-sponsored by committee chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and the rating member John Boozman, R-Ark.
This invoice extends the requirement for packers and importers of beef, pork and lamb to report all gross sales to the Agricultural Advertising and marketing Service. The reporting turned regulation in 1999 because of worries of focus within the packing trade.
The Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Growth Act of 2021, or S.2271, is one other bipartisan invoice. This invoice permits for grants to increase the advertising and marketing of biofuels. This has a number of advantages. For farmers, it expands one other marketplace for their manufacturing. For rural economies, it creates financial alternatives. For most of the people, it creates a cleaner gasoline for transportation and power safety. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is the sponsor with seven cosponsors, 4 Democrats and three Republicans.
The Cowl Crop Flexibility Act of 2021, S.1458, permits for the planting of canopy crops after a preventative plant declare. This lets farmers who couldn’t get into their fields within the spring because of antagonistic climate to plant a non-revenue crop that yr when the bottom lastly is prepared for planting. This helps the farmer by getting vegetation rising to cut back erosion of naked fields and the duvet crop pulls carbon from the ambiance, which advantages everybody. This invoice is sponsored by John Thune, R-S.D., and has one Republican and three Democratic cosponsors.
The listing goes on with bipartisan laws being launched and shifting by way of Congress throughout this session. Evidently with all that the U.S. and the world have gone by way of within the final 20 months that our elected officers in D.C. are taking meals safety significantly. Customers are lastly realizing that meals doesn’t come from grocery shops, however household farms. The shortages which have occurred throughout COVID have shined a brighter mild on agriculture and the necessity to create a market the place producers might be worthwhile.
Contact your senators and urge them to assist these and different payments that support agriculture.