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– The Senate Agriculture Committee scheduled a vote on Jewel Bronaugh be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture this afternoon. She would be the first woman of color in second place in the department.

– Biden administration faces pressure from environmental groups to revive WOTUS rule, protecting water previously criticized by farm groups and Republicans as being overbroad by the federal government and economically harmful to agriculture.

– Progressives on the Hill push for free school meals for all it would go beyond President Joe Biden’s current proposals.

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THE SENATE AG TO VOTE ON THE HISTORICAL APPOINTMENT: The Senate Agriculture Committee is due to vote this afternoon on the appointment of Jewel Bronaugh as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, setting up a vote in the full Senate. If confirmed, Bronaugh will be the first black woman and the first woman of color to hold the post since the department was established in 1862.

Bronaugh had a slow but smooth confirmation process. At her hearing in April, she was praised by Democrats and Republicans. Although lawmakers have insisted on the idea of ​​carbon banks and raising awareness among historically underserved producers like farmers of color, it has faced some pointed questions.

Bronaugh was named the 16th commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2018 by Governor Ralph Northam. She was previously the Executive Director of the State of Virginia for the USDA Agricultural Services Agency, appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe and US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in July 2015. Bronaugh received her Ph.D. . in vocational and technical training from Virginia Tech.

Others behind the scenes: The USDA has several potential leaders awaiting confirmation, including Robert Bonnie, the selection of Biden as Undersecretary for Agricultural Production and Conservation Programs, and Jennifer Moffitt, Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs – although both were only recently named. Janie Hipp, Biden’s selection for USDA General Counsel, was appointed in March. Biden has yet to name several other assistant secretaries.

NAVIGATE IN DIFFICULT WATERS: The Biden administration faces renewed pressure from environmental groups to increase protection for America’s wetlands, streams and other waterways by reinstating the so-called WOTUS rule, which has been criticized as federal in scope and economically harmful to agriculture and industry.

At stake is the rewriting of the waters of American domination under former President Donald Trump who Significantly reduces the scope of federally protected waters under Obama-era interpretations of the Clean Waters Act. The Trump EPA movement has angered the Greens, and President Joe Biden’s EPA promises to take back the water rules to strengthen environmental protections. The EPA is currently undergoing a review process to determine the best course of action.

EPA administrator Michael Regan announced new plan would reverse the course of the Trump era, but neither would it be a textual reimplementation of the Obama administration. None of these options, Regan told lawmakers, reflects “the will of the people.”

Farm groups largely supported Regan’s appointment because of his history of engagement with the industry while acting as North Carolina’s chief environmental regulator, and reserve judgment. Key opponents of the WOTUS rule say they are optimistic about its promises to meet them, though they too are trying to determine how much the administration is prepared to invest to tackle the politically combustible problem.

But environmentalists are push the courts to unblock their lawsuits against the Trump-era rule, which the Biden administration has asked to hold while it conducts its review. It is a political minefield, with competing interests between the Greens and the agriculture, construction and mining industries. And none of Biden’s EPA nominees or nominees so far have had significant experience in battle.

Annie Snider from the pro enter the competing forces and countdown to administration management of U.S. waterways.

PROGRESSIVE PUSH FOR UNIVERSAL SCHOOL MEALS: Even as President Joe Biden urges Congress to use his latest proposals as an opportunity to expand some food aid and school meal programs, progressives say it’s time to make school meals free for all, Report Helena Bottemiller Evich and Yours Truly.

Rehearsals. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) And Gwen moore (D-Wis.) And Sens. Bernie sanders (I-Vt.) And Kirsten gillibrand (DN.Y.) on Friday introduced legislation in their respective chambers that would make breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks free for all schoolchildren without means test.

Money in mind: The bills do not allocate specific funding and have not received a note from the Congressional Budget Office. School meals cost around $ 19 billion in 2019, while they were not universally free for students. It is not known how many of the country’s 50 million public school students would attend school breakfast and lunch if they were free.

Republicans, including Senator Sen. John boozman of Arkansas, criticized the potential costs of such an expansion.

But Omar told POLITICO the need to provide meals is too great to be concerned about the cost, even though she expects it won’t break the bank. “When you make the programs universal, you get rid of a lot of administrative costs,” Omar said.

And after: Supporters of the bill say the aim is to introduce the measure now to push efforts to go further in the next reconciliation package. But they don’t rule out other options, like a stand-alone bill or re-authorization of infant nutrition.

VILSACK CONTINUES TO VISIT COLORADO: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will continue his trip to Colorado today with a focus on access to healthy, wholesome food during a visit to a school in Aurora. On Friday, he met with state officials, lawmakers and community leaders to discuss forest restoration and forest fire prevention.

Sen. Michael bennet (D-Colo.), Who had accompanied Vilsack to a malt house and barley field, also took part in a panel discussion on climate change.

Bennet called for consideration of one of his proposals, the Law on the partnership for outdoor catering, which would aim to reduce the risk of forest fires through forest management and improve watershed restoration projects.

ICYMI: The bill has been dropped in the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan, giving its sponsors confidence that it will be prioritized in negotiations.

Bennet is not the only one drawing attention to wildfires in the West. Lawmakers of the new Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee leaders last week, calling for increased funding to improve forest fire preparedness and response for the upcoming fire season.

– Medical marijuana bills gain ground in several Republican-led states make way for more legalization. Report by Mona Zhang, Paul Demko and Natalie Fertig of Pro Cannabis.

– Biden plans to strike a climate deal with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Zack Colman and Michael Grunwald report from pro.

– ‘Rebel’ Colorado Farmers Turn to ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ to improve their sustainability and land management. The Guardian has more.

– Chicago family farms turn to “agritourism” to get customers to sell their products locally. The Chicago Tribune has history.

– Online shopping has become more popular among those who want to shop farmers’ markets and subscriptions to community-supported agriculture. The Wall Street Journal has more.

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