September 16, 2020
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Farm Bureaus, Newsom help Feinstein’s wildfire invoice
The American Farm Bureau and state farm bureaus for California and a dozen different states are placing their help behind a brand new invoice aimed toward wildfire mitigation initiatives.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein has launched the measure with Republican Steve Daines of Montana.
Based on a California Farm Bureau assertion, “Backlogs in adequate management, coupled with drier, hotter conditions, have resulted in unhealthy, overly dense forests.” The bureaus help provisions within the invoice that may expedite forest administration, speed up post-fire restoration and take away hazardous fuels from nationwide forests.
Gov. Newsom helps the measure for a way it might bolster the state’s emergency response whereas advancing hearth resilience efforts.
The invoice is up for its first listening to right now.
Examine how the North Complicated Fireplace has been impacting ranchers within the Agri-Pulse West E-newsletter later this morning.
On that word: Reps. TJ Cox and John Garamendi have launched a invoice that may increase low-interest, long-term loans for water initiatives. It might decrease capital prices for repairing and sustaining the Friant-Kern and Delta-Mendota Canals, for instance.
Farm teams: USDA brief cash for farm funds
Farm teams are frightened that USDA is near operating out of cash to make farm invoice funds which can be due subsequent month and are pleading with Congress to replenish the division’s Commodity Credit score Corp. account.
The explanation for the priority is that USDA is anticipated to announce any day a second spherical of Coronavirus Meals Help Program funds utilizing $14 billion that Congress offered the division earlier this yr. If all of that $14 billion had been used for CFAP-2, the CCC account can be left with simply $2 billion, in response to a brand new evaluation by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
AFBF economists say USDA owes producers $4.6 billion in farm program funds in October plus one other $2.three billion in conservation program funds.
“Without immediate CCC reimbursement, payments and programs would be significantly delayed, jeopardizing operations across the country,” says a letter to congressional leaders signed by greater than 40 farm teams.
Have in mind: The CFAP-1 funds have to this point totaled $9.9 billion, effectively wanting the $16 billion initially estimated.
The CCC replenishment would possible should be hooked up to a seamless decision that Congress must cross to maintain the federal government operating into the brand new fiscal yr, which begins Oct. 1.
Home speaker talks to NFU members Tuesday
Dems reject compromise COVID assist
The prospects for a brand new coronavirus aid bundle appear to get bleaker by the day. On Tuesday, the bipartisan Home Drawback Solvers caucus provided a compromise plan worth roughly $2 trillion, however a bunch of Home Democratic committee leaders rapidly rejected it as insufficient.
The Drawback Solvers proposal consists of $25 billion in new assist for farmers and $12 billion for broadband.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who spoke Tuesday with members of the Nationwide Farmers Union, insisted she nonetheless desires a deal on COVID aid. “You have to have a massive problem met by a massive response to it,” she stated.
Senators weigh new Clear Water Act rule
A distinguished Iowa farmer is telling a Senate committee right now that the Trump administration’s new rule re-defining the attain of federal water air pollution rules is offering “clarity, certainty” and a “common sense” strategy to farmers.
The brand new Navigable Waters Safety Rule changed the Obama-era “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, rule that had elevated the variety of wetlands and different areas underneath the jurisdiction of the Clear Water Act.
In his ready testimony, Ray Gaesser says that the WOTUS rule “threatened my farm with jaw-dropping penalties and even criminal prosecution for plowing or spraying a ‘water of the U.S.’ But it was so broad and vague that under the “water of the U.S.” definition, most any land the place water generally flowed or ponded after a rain, can be regulated by the federal authorities.”
He provides that, “Farmers have been calling for clear water and clear guidelines for years, and now, with the Navigable Waters Safety Rule, we all know it’s attainable to have each. Gaesser is a former president of the American Soybean Affiliation.
The Senate Setting and Public Works Committee additionally will likely be listening to from a New Mexico state regulator and a Florida developer.
Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., with Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, on the unveiling of the previous Home Ag chairman’s portrait. (Twitter)
China wins WTO case in opposition to US tariffs
China will now have the WTO on its facet when it argues that the U.S. tariffs on $234 billion of Chinese language exports are unjust. However China’s victory on the WTO Tuesday possible gained’t present way more than bragging rights.
Regardless that a WTO panel dominated that the U.S. was unjustified in slapping tariffs on China in 2018, the choice just isn’t anticipated to have something greater than a symbolic impact as a result of the WTO’s appeals court docket is basically defunct, a outcome the U.S. blocking new choose appointments. If the U.S. appeals, then the case will simply idle, says Veronica Nigh, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The WTO panel additionally dominated the U.S. was unjustified in attempting to confront China over allegations of expertise theft outdoors of the worldwide commerce physique. However that simply strengthened the U.S. place that the WTO can’t cope with the scenario.
“This panel report confirms what the Trump Administration has been saying for four years: The WTO is completely inadequate to stop China’s harmful technology practices,” stated U.S. Commerce Consultant Bob Lighthizer stated.
She stated it:
“Never in my 28 years in the Senate have I ever seen such a widespread and devastating fire season.” — Senator Dianne Feinstein on her new wildfire invoice.
Ben Nuelle, Invoice Tomson and Steve Davies contributed to this report.
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