USDA plans to spend $6B; $4B more to come

April 8, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an initiative called USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers, saying that “after identifying gaps in previous aid,” it would spend “at least $6 billion” to reach “a broader set of …

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D.C. regulatory updates

March 18, 2021

CFAP still on hold On day one, the Biden Administration halted the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to conduct a review. The February 26 deadline was eliminated, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has …

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American Rescue Plan requires egg purchases

March 18, 2021

President Biden signed a massive $1.9 trillion COVID relief package called the American Rescue Plan Act. Among its many provisions is a $3.6 billion mandate to purchase agricultural commodities, some of which are required to …

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Talking vaccines: Best practices for communications

March 4, 2021

President Biden this week announced that enough COVID-19 vaccines will be available for all U.S. adults by the end of May. The FDA approvals, varied distribution protocols by state and rollout of the coronavirus vaccine …

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COVID relief package ag budget reconciliation

February 18, 2021

On February 10, the House Agriculture Committee met to consider the agricultural provisions of the budget reconciliation measure, S. Con. Res. 5. The measure is part of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package and outlines …

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