[...They’re doing it because their donors and farm base are demanding it. Our food production capacity is in peril now, not tomorrow. The new farm bill will be written with a much stronger emphasis on conservation over sheer crop and livestock production. It can make a real contribution to water pollution and the climate crisis fast.]...
July 06, 2021
Necessity may have more than one child: invention and bipartisanship. Just before it took a holiday break, the U.S. Senate on a 92-8 vote approved the Growing Climate Solutions Act that paves the way
The Senate Ag Committee is a bastion of bipartisanship driven more by regional interests than partisanship. The Midwest takes care of corn, the South tends its cotton. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., can embrace over ethanol. And, they spread their work to the Justice Committee where they are loading for bear over beef markets. They want at least half the nation’s cattle traded in open markets as opposed to contracted production. Stabenow is working with Republicans like Grassley on promoting wind and solar energy. Sen. John Hoeven, D-ND and Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM, are arguing for increased land-grant university ag research funding, a critical area long ignored.