AGree Newsfeed: What Can World Leaders Do to Make COP26 Deforestation Pledge a Success? What’s Ahead for the Farm Economy in 2022? Farm Worker Visa Standoff Sows Dismay;Ag Awaits SCOTUS Decisions on Big Cases; Vilsack Says Canadian-Style Dairy Supply

Analysis: What Can World Leaders Do to Make COP26 Deforestation Pledge a Success? — Reuters
Source: Reuters
December 28, 2021
Michael Taylor

Global leaders who have pledged to halt deforestation by 2030 must move quickly to strengthen forest protection laws, line up funding, and include indigenous people in conservation efforts to have the best chance of success, environmentalists said. More than 100 leaders last month agreed to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade, underpinned by $19 billion in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring forests. The commitment – made at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow and backed by forest-rich countries such as Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – covers forests totalling more than 13 million square miles. Fran Raymond Price, global forest practice lead at environmental group WWF International, said there was an urgent need to see the Glasgow forest declaration turned into meaningful action. “The political will demonstrated by the governments who signed this commitment is a welcome first step,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “(But) we need to see this now translated into legislative action within the next year or two, with transparency, accountability and involvement of… indigenous peoples and local communities,” she said…“A good and logical first step by the signatory governments would be to issue a moratorium on all further destruction and degradation of intact forests,” said Toerris Jaeger, secretary general of the Oslo-based Rainforest Foundation Norway.”

What’s Ahead for the Farm Economy in 2022? — Agri-Pulse
Source: Agri-Pulse
December 28, 2021
Sara Wyant

(Article Summarized by Meridian Institute) This article, in Agri-Pulse, looks at predictions for the farm economy in 2022. Author Sara Wyant notes that it is clear COVID-19 and its related labor and supply disruptions are here for the foreseeable future. Still, demand is high for most farm commodities and protein, although there are worrisome trends in terms of adequate supplies and higher food prices. The headwinds ahead, says Wyatt, include inflation, which “is having a major impact, the supply chain is still not functioning efficiently, input prices are skyrocketing and there’s a lot of uncertainty over agricultural trade. And let’s not forget the weather.” Rabobank, she notes, has titled its annual outlook report for 2022 as “Hell in a Handbasket.” Berry Marttin, a member of Rabobank’s Managing Board, says we will likely see fewer COVID-related disruptions, but with commodity prices, “any sense of normalcy looks unlikely, and inflation in this space is almost certainly not just ‘temporary.’ Any significant drop in agricultural futures prices will likely be met by significant pent-up consumer hedging, which has been restricted in this period of high prices.” Rabobank also says that food inflation is likely to remain high, “with uncertain social consequences.” It also disagrees with the Biden administration’s view that inflation will be transitory and will begin to ease next year. Read More

Farm Worker Visa Standoff Sows Dismay — Politico Pro
Source: Politico Pro
December 27, 2021
Ximena Bustillo

“Legislation aimed at easing longstanding farm worker shortages has gotten stuck in the Senate as Republican resistance to immigration provisions sought by Democrats sows frustration among agriculture industry and labor groups that had been banking on a bipartisan solution. The Senate failed to take up the Farm Workforce Modernization Act before adjourning for the holidays, after cordial negotiations during the summer gave way to acrimony over language that would provide a pathway to legalization for some foreign workers. The House-passed measure that would expand H-2A visa agricultural access to year-around employers was put on the backburner as lawmakers dealt with higher-profile matters, including the similarly-stalled social spending package. The breakdown on visas has been met with dismay by industry groups that thought Senate Republicans would back a bipartisan fix for shortages affecting pork and dairy producers in areas that are GOP strongholds. For their part, Republicans are accusing Democrats of thwarting hopes for a deal by turning focus to failed attempts at immigration reform in the stalled reconciliation bill…There is bipartisan recognition that the agriculture industry has been dealing with a severe labor shortage for more than a decade and that expanding visa access can help address a problem that is making it increasingly difficult for farmers to keep up with production demands. But sharp political differences over immigration policy would always have made the path to 60 votes in the Senate a tricky one, and that math is likely to become even more complex with midterm elections looming…sources familiar with the negotiations say something will have to give and a bill to expand the workforce will need to pass in some form. “If it’s not one election, it’s another. If Republicans were able to accomplish this for their workers, I would assume it is something their industries, states and economies would be happy about,” they said. “There’s always folks who are going to make it political, but when it comes to serving constituents this is one of the best things Republicans can do to help their economies.”” Read More

Ag Awaits SCOTUS Decisions on Big Cases — DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Source: DTN/The Progressive Farmer
December 29, 2021
Todd Neeley

“Next week will be an important one for several agriculture interests as the Supreme Court is expected to consider whether to hear a number of high-stakes petitions that could affect farmers and ranchers. In recent weeks the Supreme Court distributed three of four ag cases filed for a Jan. 7 conference. That includes challenges to Proposition 12 in California, an appeals court ruling throwing out EPA’s year-round E15 rule, and a long-fought Clean Water Act case with implications for farmers and ranchers when it comes to EPA authority. In addition, Bayer AG filed a petition on a multi-million-dollar Roundup settlement case. So far, the case has not been distributed for a Supreme Court conference. On Dec. 13 the court invited the U.S. solicitor general to file a brief in the case, asking for more information. On Friday of every week when the court is in session, justices hold a conference to decide which petitions to accept. The Supreme Court, on average, considers about 80 cases per year out of many hundreds filed.” Read More

Vilsack Says Canadian-Style Dairy Supply Management Not Good for U.S. — Brownfield
Source: Brownfield
December 28, 2021
Larry Lee

“Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently told a group of farmers, processors, and ag leaders he does not believe the U.S. dairy industry would benefit from a Canadian-style supply management system. He says, “Some folks have suggested that we replicate what is currently taking place in Canada with the supply management system, and certainly, the dairy farmers in Canada do quite well under that system. Here’s the problem, and here’s the political reality of that system, it’s that consumers end up paying significantly more for dairy.” Vilsack says consumers pay a dollar or two more for a gallon of milk and cheese prices are higher in Canada, forcing consumers to pay for farmer support. “And one of two things happens. Either they encourage their politicians not to vote for it, which may happen, or they may decide not to buy the product.” Vilsack says there’s a lot more competition for food and drink than there was five or ten years ago, so the pricing of products, including dairy products, becomes important.” Read More

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