The Senate Agriculture Committee considered the nominations of two USDA officials last week. Xochitl Torres Small, the nominee for USDA’s Under Secretary of Rural Development, and Robert Bonnie, the nominee for Under Secretary of Ag for Farm Production and Conservation, appeared before the committee. Torres Small told Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar if confirmed, she plans to prioritize rural housing. “It’s especially important as we recover from the pandemic to make sure people aren’t evicted from affordable housing.” Bonnie answered questions about carbon, climate and the Conservation Reserve Program from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. “The plan with the Soil Carbon Network is not only to start with CRP, but look at U.S. working lands to document carbon storage. CRP is a critically important program for a lot of reasons and it’s important we get the right lands into the program.”
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