Some Senate Democrats are considering adding immigration measures, including farm worker provisions, to the $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation program they are developing. But critics say the Senate parliamentarian is highly unlikely to allow the language of immigration to remain within a measure of budget reconciliation.
“I think they’re making a big mistake by promising that they’ll be able to do a lot of things that they won’t be able to do,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters on Monday.
The President of the Senate Judiciary, Dick Durbin of Illinois, is by no means ready to embark on the strategy of reconciliation.
“I do not assume that reconciliation is the way or the only way” for the immigration arrangements, he told reporters. “I think it’s too early to do it. I’m still open to committee travel (an immigration bill), but we need help from the Republican side.
Keep in mind: Republicans have said they will not consider a major immigration reform bill until the border is secure.
EPA faces new challenge for herbicide approval
The Environmental Protection Agency, which is already defending past approval decisions for the herbicides dicamba and glyphosate in court, is facing a new lawsuit against trifludimoxazine, the active ingredient in BASF’s Tirexor. The chemical is approved for use in corn, soybeans, and a wide variety of other crops.
The Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed a petition with the 9th United States Court of Appeals alleging that the EPA’s registration decision in May is not supported by “substantial evidence And does not protect endangered species and their habitats.
The groups say the EPA ignored the effects of drift and runoff on plants and animals. The EPA said it is not commenting on the pending litigation. BASF did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Biofuels group urges EPA to allow summer E15 sales
A major biofuels group is asking the EPA to use its discretion to allow continued summer sales of E15. Earlier this month, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an E15 rule implemented by the Trump administration.
In a letter seen by Agri-Pulse, the Renewable Fuels Association told EPA officials that halting sales of E15 “will result in significant financial losses for retailers who had planned to mix E15 throughout the volatility control season. , higher prices for US gasoline consumers and the elimination of the environmental benefits associated with increased ethanol blends.
The letter argues that the use of enforcement discretion is “consistent with the agency’s practice of allowing time for all appeals to elapse before implementing a decision that may ultimately be overturned.”
USDA: China‘s beef imports will continue to increase
China’s appetite for imported beef is ravenous and will continue to grow in the years to come, benefiting U.S. producers and exporters, according to USDA Foreign Agricultural Service analysis.
China imported a record 1.3 million metric tonnes of beef, worth $ 4.6 billion, in the first five months of 2021. Beef exports from the United States to China have increased. significantly increased in 2020 after the country removed trade barriers as part of “phase one” of the trade pact with the United States, and trade continued to grow in 2021.
“The growth potential of US beef exports is significant in the coming years, as China’s import demand is expected to increase by more than 30% over the next decade,” FAS said. “From January to May 2021, American beef to China increased 13-fold in exports and sales compared to the same period last year. “
Global US beef exports are expected to hit a new record this year with more than 1.5 million tonnes, a 16% increase over last year.
Almost $ 100 billion in US tariffs on China
The United States has now collected more than $ 96 billion in tariffs from China during the trade war that began under the Trump administration, according to new data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The Trump administration justified the tariffs after the Commerce Department conducted a Section 301 investigation and concluded that China was stealing technology and intellectual property. China has responded by retaliating with its own tariffs on billions of dollars in US soybeans, pork, sorghum and other agricultural products.
US Section 301 tariffs remain in place, but China has temporarily lifted its tariffs on US commodities on an ad hoc basis, following the “phase one” trade pact that was struck early in the decade. Last year.
Separately, the United States also maintains Section 232 tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum. Chinese retaliation for these tariffs remains in place on almonds, apples, pork, oranges, nuts, dairy and other US staples.
Hotter, drier weather threatens Corn Belt
Hot, dry weather could threaten corn pollination in the Midwest in the coming days. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says soil moisture reserves are quite limited in the upper Midwest and western Corn Belt.
“The biggest problems will be the Dakotas, but (we’re keeping) a close eye on Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska as well,” he said. Agri-Pulse.
Even though it has rained in these states over the past two weeks, the coming heat could dramatically increase the stress on breeding crops. Temperatures are expected to hover around 100 degrees later this week in the Missouri River Valley.
According to the USDA, 65% of the country’s corn crop and 60% of soybeans are graded good to excellent. Around the same time a year ago, the maize crop was rated 69% good to excellent and the soybean crop 70%.
Registration for the conservation reserve program ends Friday
Producers have until Friday to apply for the conservation reserve program as part of general registration.
The USDA Farm Service Agency tried to make the program more attractive to landowners and producers by adjusting land rental rates, increasing payments for practice incentives from 20 to 50%, increasing payments for water quality practices and including an incentive for climate smart practices.
The department wants to list 4 million new CRP acres.
She said so. “The light at the end of the tunnel seems to be closer.” – Representative Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn., Reacting to Canada’s announcement that fully vaccinated Americans will once again be allowed to visit the country starting August 9.
Steve Davies, Bill Tomson and Ben Nuelle contributed to this report.
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