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Senate Ag Committee holds affirmation listening to for Taylor, Esteban


The Senate Agriculture Committee held a long-awaited listening to on the nominations of Alexis Taylor for Underneath Secretary for Commerce and Overseas Agricultural Affairs and Jose Emilio Esteban for Underneath Secretary for Meals Security. 

Taylor has served because the Oregon director of agriculture since December 2016. Beforehand, Taylor labored on the USDA’s Farm and Overseas Agricultural Companies the place she labored to open new markets and enhance the aggressive place of U.S. agricultural merchandise within the market. Taylor additionally labored as a legislative assistant for agriculture for former Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Consultant Leonard Boswell (D-IA). 

In June, a broad-based group of agricultural organizations despatched a letter to the management of the Senate Agriculture Committee in assist of Taylor’s nomination. The group mentioned, “Director Taylor is a widely known chief on agriculture coverage and has the home and worldwide expertise to shepherd U.S. agriculture via rising international adjustments of defending meals safety, tackling inflation and increasing markets for U.S. agricultural merchandise. She is a devoted, hardworking, outcomes pushed public servant—qualities which are acknowledged by the massive vary of stakeholders supporting her nomination.”

Esteban has been with USDA’s Meals Security and Inspection Service since 2001. He was appointed as FSIS chief scientist. Previous to becoming a member of FSIS, Esteban labored on the Heart for Illness Management and Prevention. 

The Committee plans to vote on the nominations subsequent week.

Ag teams name on Senate leaders to verify McKalip
Over 100 agricultural organizations and firms are calling on the Senate management to schedule a vote on the affirmation of Doug McKalip to be USTR’s chief agriculture negotiator. 

The letter mentioned, “We write with robust concern over additional delay as a result of we’re reminded every day of the necessity for higher consideration and emphasis from the Administration on agricultural export market progress. USDA now forecasts decrease agricultural exports for the subsequent fiscal yr and once more has elevated its import projection by one other $5 billion, taking a small commerce surplus this yr and shifting into internet deficit territory subsequent yr.”

This place has remained open because the starting of the Biden administration. 

Rail strike averted
President Joe Biden introduced final week that the freight rail firms and their unions reached a tentative settlement which might avert a possible strike that was set for final Friday.

Biden mentioned the settlement, “signifies that our economic system can avert the numerous injury any shutdown would have introduced. With unemployment nonetheless close to document lows and indicators of progress in decreasing prices, tonight’s settlement permits us to proceed to battle for long run financial progress that lastly works for working households.”

The brand new contracts present rail workers a 24% wage improve in the course of the five-year interval from 2020 via 2024, together with a right away payout of roughly $11,000 upon ratification.

Previous to Biden’s announcement, a bunch of agricultural associations conveyed to the administration the extreme influence a rail strike would have on U.S. agriculture. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the group mentioned, “The U.S. rail community strikes important agricultural inputs and important portions of agricultural merchandise. These important objects are transported by rail to home amenities and to ports for export overseas. An entire stoppage of the rail system would result in shutdowns or slowdowns of rail-dependent amenities leading to devastating penalties to our nationwide and international meals safety.” 

These signing the letter included the American Sheep Trade, Nationwide Cattlemen’s Beef Affiliation, Nationwide Pork Producers Council and North American Meat Institute.

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