February 28, 2020

Appropriations; Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuels; Labels; Data; and, Regs

House Appropriations Committee Passes Ag Spending Measure

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “It was the first lady vs. the ‘lunch ladies’ at the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday morning as Republicans pushed ahead with their plan offering school districts a one-year waiver to opt out of improved nutrition standards promoted by Michelle Obama.

“The action came as the panel approved a $142.5 billion farm and food safety budget for the coming year, including $20.9 billion in new discretionary appropriations for the operations of the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.

“From vending machine junk food labels to the merits of fresh white potatoes in the diet of low-income mothers and their young children, nutrition items dominated the meeting. But the school meals fight drew the most attention, given the first lady’s prominence, and the key 29-22 committee vote followed a spirited debate that approached two hours.”