Congress and the Biden administration are working on a sweeping infrastructure package known as the American Jobs Plan. This package is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix what’s broken in the United States, create good-paying jobs, combat the climate crisis and invest in rural places. In order to be truly transformative for farm country, specific investments need to be made.
This week U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai will meet with her counterparts from Canada and Mexico at the first U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Free Trade Commission meeting, covering a range of issues from labor rights to softwood lumber to the very different ways our countries manage dairy supplies (or leave it to the whims of corporate-led markets).
The emergence of the climate crisis presents new and urgent challenges for U.S. agriculture, as well as the imperative to learn from successful examples to reduce emissions while continuing to provide healthy and affordable food.
The Biden administration’s approach to the climate crisis has been all-hands-on-deck. That means all departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are supposed to report to the White House on climate action steps.
In practice, financial markets often operate very differently from how they should operate according to investment theory. Markets are supposed to discover prices freely through a process of transparent bids, offers and price settlement mediated by neutral exchanges.