USDA’s Climate-Smart Commodities and Flood of Ag Products from Mexico
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.
**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 selected projects under the first pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities.
USDA’s initial investment of $1 billion is expected to triple to more than $3 billion in pilot projects that will create market opportunities for American commodities produced using climate-smart practices.
**The Center for Food Safety filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency regarding dicamba.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Northern
California, alleges the EPA unlawfully withheld public records showing control measures in its 2020 dicamba registration decision failed to reduce the number, severity, or geographic extent of dicamba-related incidents compared to prior seasons.
It adds, this “reflects the agency’s pattern of thwarting the public’s access to information under FOIA.”
**Lawmakers led by Florida Senator Marco Rubio asked U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to investigate the flood of surplus agricultural products from Mexico.
The request, filed under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, says actions by Mexico over the last two decades have burdened and restricted U.S. commerce.
The lawmakers say Mexico has leveraged heavy subsidies and low wages in a scheme to conduct a “conquest of external markets” and displace Florida’s seasonal and perishable ag industry.