Noon July 21: Margin insurance offers promise, lawmakers told

Law enforcement officials continue to look at ways programs can help farmers pay for higher costs of fertilizers and other inputs. Food insurance policy expert Alex Offerdahl told a House Ag subcommittee on Wednesday that one way is to make border regulations more attractive.

A Margin Protection Policy It has been available for some crops since 2016, but only about 6,000 are sold annually, largely because of its cost, said Offerdahl, director of the food insurance department at consulting firm Watts and Associates.

Because these products are still considered experimental, the margin plan has a lower federal interest rate than the income products. However, “there’s a lot of opportunity to expand across the country instead of just starting in the Midwest and a few crops,” Offerdahl said.

The scheme is designed to protect farmers from rising commodity prices and falling prices of inputs and produce.

Note: Offerdahl was asked about the drug by Pennsylvania Republican Glenn Thompson, who chairs the full House Ag Committee, should Republicans win control of the House in November. Thompson has always advocated the idea of ​​giving seed growers some form of border coverage.

Nutritional control caught Hill’s interest

The food industry is excited about the House amendment that would give $8 million to the Center for Veterinary Medicine of the FDA to speed up the approval of new animal products. Giving was to be included in the sums withdrawn by the Third House.

“On average, studies have shown that it takes companies three to five years to get new ingredients through the FDA’s intense review process, which prevents technology from reaching farmers and ranchers in a timely manner,” he said. American Feed Industry Association President Constance Cullman said.

Currently: Leah Wilkinson, AFIA’s vice president of policy and public education, commends Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., for pushing FDA Commissioner Robert Califf to approve feed additives that would reduce methane emissions from cattle.

“For years, we have called on Congress to increase funding for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine as a way to reduce food product recalls pending review,” Wilkinson said. “We know that in addition to this, there are many technologies to deal with the problems that are expected around the world that are waiting to be evaluated as ingredients, not drugs, as soon as some changes are made by the FDA.”

Before I forget: After the hearing, Califf said Agri-Pulse he was referring to what he told Moran about the FDA’s oversight of animal food processing operationsclearly explaining that Moran “is not the only Senate” who is interested in this matter.

He also said that a “top to bottom” inspection of human food at the agency and the Center for Tobacco Products will begin in just a few days, and that 60 working days will be completed.

Food aid services declined due to the cost of shipping

The UN World Food Program expects to pay $900 million in food aid this year, even as the agency struggles to find donors other than the United States to help tackle the global food crisis. This is a statement from David Beasley, the head of WFP.

In some cases, WFP has provided food aid due to the high cost of goods. “We have had to take food from hungry children to give it to hungry children,” he said.

One of the ways to deal with the cost of things is to give people money vouchers. Beasley told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that WFP is providing $2 billion in aid. This applies to places like Ukraine, where there is a lot of food, but also in poor countries. Financial aid “does a lot to help the local economy,” he said.

Note: Beasley warned lawmakers that food shortages could worsen next year because farmers cannot get fertilizer.

The home team encourages re-acceptance of baby food

The Housing and Homework Committee will draft a document next week that will increase access to food for children.

Introduced Wednesday by House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Civil Rights and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act would expand eligibility for community members, allow many school districts. providing free meals to all students. The bill would also increase the lunch fee by 10 cents.

The bill would also add 6 cents per meal, adjusted for inflation, to the School Breakfast Program.

But, but: There has been no similar move from the Senate Ag Committee to consider the CNR Bill this year. The committee has jurisdiction over the child nutrition policy in the Senate, but a committee aide says there has been no discussion on the issue recently.

The Upper Colo River basin provides the water system for Reclamation

Four states in the upper Colorado River Basin have submitted a plan to protect water in the Colorado River to the Bureau of Reclamation. But the lack of that is any other reduction in water use. Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming suggest that such cuts should come from the Lower Basin states and Mexico.

“Our water users are already facing long-term cuts in conditions that are causing them to not pay, which includes the reduction of many rights that exist in every one of our states,” he writes.

Ag groups go backwards Beagle Brigade bill

Eighty agricultural groups are urging Congress to approve the National Detector Dog Training Center, a training center for the “Beagle Brigade”.

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., first proposed establishing a dog shelter in February with the Beagle Brigade Act. Groups that want the bill passed include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Transportation Association.

He said that. “This is a five-point emergency, and I’ve never seen a food safety problem like this in my career.” – UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing about the global food crisis.

Control: The contents of Wednesday, July 19, Daybreak regarding the reduction of the reduction in the number of pigs should say that the vote that supports the reduction at the beginning of this year was with the representatives of the National Pork Board.

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