Scott抯 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抯 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抮e 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 損ay-as-you-go?rules.


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


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