RAFI-USA’s policy advocacy happens both through legislation (working with Congress to pass laws) and through implementation (working with agencies like USDA to ensure good regulations and that programs are administered equitably and well). One kind of administrative advocacy is submitting public comments. We include below several public comments submitted by RAFI-USA.
ON GRANTS AND LOANS TO SMALL / MID-SIZED PRODUCERS, MARKETS, & PROCESSORS
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service sought feedback regarding the possible development of new grants and a new food purchase program. RAFI-USA submitted our comment on March 31, 2021. We also share guidance on how to comment and invited comments from stakeholders. READ OUR COMMENT
ON TACKLING THE CLIMATE CRISIS
On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The USDA sought input from the public on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy.
RAFI-USA’s comments were submitted on April 29, 2021. READ OUR COMMENT
ON FOOD & AG SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE
On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on “America’s Supply Chains,” which directs several Federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America’s supply chains. The USDA requested comments to help inform a report to the President that assesses the supply chains for the production of agricultural commodities and food products. They also requested comments on how stimulus relief programs and spending can help to increase durability and resilience within the U.S. food supply.
RAFI-USA’s comments were submitted on June 17, 2021. READ OUR COMMENT
ON RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY AT USDA
On June 16, 2021, the USDA sought public input on how USDA could advance racial justice and equity for underserved communities as part of its implementation of Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.
RAFI-USA’s comments were submitted on August 14, 2021. READ OUR COMMENT
ON EXPANDING MEAT & POULTRY PROCESSING INFRASTRUCTURE
On July 16, 2021, The USDA sought public input to develop strategies that support President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy and enhance competitiveness in the meat and poultry processing sector, specifically on how to invest an estimated $500 million of American Rescue Plan funds to improve infrastructure, increase capacity, and hasten diversification across the processing industry.
RAFI-USA’s comments were submitted on August 30, 2021. READ OUR COMMENT