The ink was barely dry an agreement to allow shipments of grain blocked in Ukrainian ports when Russia launched a missile attack that jeopardized the agreement.
Turkey, which worked with the United Nations to help negotiate the deal, said the bombing does not necessarily mean the grain shipment deal is dead, even though Russia has alleged that military targets had been hit in the Odessa strike, which cost a grain silo.
However, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturdaythe attack “casts serious doubt on the credibility of Russia’s commitment to yesterday’s agreement and undermines the work of the UN, Turkey and Ukraine to get essential food supplies to the global markets. Russia bears the responsibility for the aggravation of the world food crisis and must end its aggression and fully implement the agreement to which it has subscribed.
Learn more in Bill Tomson’s story on Agri-Pulse.com
Domestic drought bill would require USDA report
The House will debate this week a bill that would hold the USDA to account for its disaster assistance payments to farmers and their impact on crop insurance.
The terms of reference for the report are included in a manager’s amendment to a set of bills known as Fire Response and Drought Resilience Act which the House will consider later this week. The USDA is expected to report potential disaster losses in 2022 as well as the amount of payments made under existing programs.
The ministry would also be required to disclose the number of farmers who continued to purchase crop insurance beyond the two-year period required to receive disaster payments for 2017 and 2018 losses.
Fire and drought bill: To curb wildfires, the legislation would require the USDA to implement a 10-year national plan to reduce the risk of wildfires while protecting old-growth forests and wildlife habitat. The USDA would have five years to select up to 20 landscape-scale forest restoration projects to undertake.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the legislation would “save lives, property, farms and businesses from damage and destruction caused by fires and extreme drought.” .
For more on the National Capital’s agenda this week, read our Washington week ahead.
EPA Commits to Offering RVO 2023 by Nov. 16
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to propose renewable fuel volume requirements for 2023 by Nov. 16, under a consent decree filed by the EPA and Growth Energy in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The agency also agreed to finalize the RVO by June 14, 2023. “The court is expected to approve the agreement in the coming weeks,” Growth Energy said.
“This recent agreement, bound by a court order and which avoids the uncertainty of ongoing litigation, provides certainty to the requirements of RFS 2023 and further underscores Growth Energy’s unwavering commitment to maintaining RFS on solid foundations. solid now and in the future,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy.
Also in court: The Center for Biological Diversity last week posted a challenge to the EPA’s 2020, 2021, and 2022 RVOs for what it said was “the EPA’s failure to fully assess the impacts on endangered species of land conversion and additional use of pesticides and fertilizer to achieve these higher volume goals.”
“Despite two previous rulings by the DC Circuit stating that the EPA failed to properly assess endangered species, the agency again failed to act, saying it had begun the species assessment process. endangered, but offering no timeline or commitment to complete the consultation process,” CBD said.
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Summit Carbon Solutions finds its CEO
Summit Carbon Solutions has hired agriculture industry veteran Lee Blank as its new CEO.
The company, which hopes to build a CO2 pipeline through Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, has already secured more than $1 billion in total investment commitments.
Blank was previously CEO of the consulting and risk management firm Advance Training Inc., and also held positions at GFG Ag Services, Twin Rivers Technologies and Archer Daniels Midland.
Right to Repair groups call for EPA investigation of John Deere
Two “right to repair” advocacy groups have accused John Deere of violating the Clean Air Act because of its repair policies.
Repair.org and the Public Research Interest Group called on the EPA to investigate the farm equipment maker, saying Deere does not allow customers to repair emissions modules on their tractors.
EPA rules require manufacturing companies to certify nonroad diesel engines with the agency annually, according to the PIRG release. The agency can deny or revoke certifications if it finds that companies are not complying with CAA emission standards.
HPAI spreads in Florida, 38e status to report infections
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has spread to Florida, reports the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Detection in a non-commercial backyard flock in Seminole County made Florida on 38e indicate where the HPAI was found. The outbreak has now affected more than 40 million birds since it started in February.
They said it“In the contact we established with Russia, the Russians told us that they had absolutely nothing to do with this attack and that they were inspecting the matter very closely and in detail.” – Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, July 23.
“Kalibr missiles destroyed the military infrastructure in the port of Odessa, with a high-precision strike.” – Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, on July 24, on her Telegram account.
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