Scott’s climate, equity vision for House Ag


Ryan McCrimmon, POLITICO

With help from Michael Grunwald - 02/16/2021


— In his first weeks as House Agriculture chair, David Scott is plotting a new course for the panel on emerging issues like climate-friendly farming and racial equity in ag. The Georgia Democrat laid out his priorities for food insecurity, rural broadband and more in a Q&A with POLITICO.


— He’s not the only new ag powerbroker in Congress: Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) will oversee funding for food, farm and rural programs after a roster shakeup among Senate appropriators.


— A flood of startups developing meat from animal cells are attracting huge sums of money from investors, and they’re hoping the Biden administration will lean into alternative proteins as a tool to combat climate change.


— Democrats’ reliance on the budget reconciliation process to pass their $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package could come at a steep cost for other spending programs, including certain farm subsidies, unless lawmakers take action to head off billion-dollar budget cuts required by “pay-as-you-go” rules.


— Biden’s plan to make farmers and ranchers a key piece of his climate change response comes with a big political risk, and there’s scrutiny about how beneficial a so-called carbon bank would be for the environment


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