Grassley, GOP Push For Infrastructure Only Bill

Senate Republicans are pressing for an ‘infrastructure-only’ bill in a bid to vastly downsize the president’s more than $2 trillion package that they say goes beyond traditional infrastructure. Republicans said President Biden could score a ‘win,’ if his infrastructure, plan included just roads, bridges, waterways, ports and broadband, funded with user fees. “We’re going to […]

How Could Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Benefit Ag

President Biden says his infrastructure plan will focus on repairing, replacing, upgrading the country’s roads, bridges, ports, airports, and waterways. “It makes it easier and more efficient to move good, and to make us more competitive around the world.  And this transportation investment critically important.” Especially for the nation’s farm and food industry, according to […]

Growth Energy: To Decarbonize Transportation, America Must Turn to Biofuels

Following President Biden’s announcement last week of a nationwide infrastructure package, Growth Energy says the plan overlooks the need to expand low carbon biofuels, like ethanol. The American Jobs Plan seeks to improve highways, bridges, ports, airports and transit systems. The plan also seeks to improve drinking water, the electric grid, and broadband. In total, the […]

Biden: Rural Broadband A Big Part Of American Jobs Plan

Last week, President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion dollar American Jobs Plan. “I’ll begin with the heart of the plan. It modernizes transportation infrastructure; our roads, our bridges, our airports…” Speaking in Pittsburgh last week, Biden also addressed another issue that is important for rural America. “Millions of Americans lack access to reliable high-speed Internet. […]

AEM Welcomes Legislation to Create Executive Branch Manufacturing Post

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers applauds legislation that would create the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy. A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the bill this week, called the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Act, creating the position in the Executive Office of the President. AEM President Dennis Slater said the new […]

USDA Announces Oscar Gonzales as Assistant Secretary for Administration

The Department of Agriculture this week announced the appointment of Oscar Gonzales as Assistant Secretary for administration. Gonzales, nominated by President Biden, previously served in the Obama administration in several senior positions with USDA, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for administration. He also served as the California State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency, where […]

AFBF Concerned How Administration Will Pay For Infrastructure Proposal

President Biden’s economic team has adjusted higher the administration’s tax and spending figures for the infrastructure plan the President is expected to unveil Wednesday. According to the Washington Post, the original plan called for $3 trillion in new spending and $1 trillion in new tax hikes. But fear such a big gap would spike interest […]

Biden Expected To Unveil $3T Infrastructure Proposal Wednesday

On Wednesday, President Biden is scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh to pitch the first part of his $3 trillion effort fix the nation’s roads, bridges, and water systems, many, key for agriculture. Biden’s ambitious push on the heels of his nearly $2 trillion virus relief package, already faces stiff headwinds from Republicans and some Democrats […]

How Can Climate-Smart Ag Address Climate Change

Back in January President Biden signed an Executive Order on how the federal government planned to address climate change concerns. The Agriculture Department’s role include the recent notice in the Federal Register related to climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices and systems.  “Soliciting input from agriculture, and forestry, and conservation, and other stakeholders. We’re also gonna […]