Ag News: House Ag Chair on Build Back Better
**House Ag Committee Chair David Scott and fellow Democrats sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking them to preserve the ag spending in the Build Back Better Act.
They say the provisions will make transformative investments to benefit ag producers and rural communities for years.
It says, America has been the leader in ag research and innovation, but that’s at risk if we don’t make key investments.
**The Biden Administration’s requirement that all federal employees, including those at the Farm Service Agency, be vaccinated against COVID will not cause FSA offices to close or farmers to receive a less-than-usual level of service.
The Hagstrom Report says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack made that statement during a recent House Ag Committee hearing.
Vilsack also said, we’ll do what needs to be done to keep offices open and he doesn’t anticipate any significant office closures.
**California’s state budget will allocate $5.2 billion over three years to fund drought-relief projects.
The money is intended to secure water supplies and implement the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
The funding will also go to a state water efficiency program as well as to the Healthy Soils program.
It’s intended to improve carbon sequestration in the soil and build up organic matter to help retain water.