While a House Ag Subcommittee reviewed the farm bill on Thursday, a Senate Agriculture Subcommittee took a closer look at agricultural trade. Associated Milk Producers Incorporated Co-CEO Sheryl Meshke testified the U.S. government must address supply chain issues. “Congress must swiftly pass the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. At the same time, the administration can take steps to resume things like the USDA’s weekly container and availability snapshot.” Another witness, North Dakota Wheat Commission Administrator Neal Fisher, told lawmakers freight rates are a big concern for the U.S. wheat industry. “We went through a period where we had pretty good service, a few weather events hit and then, COVID hit. I think they’re short on crews and they didn’t plan well. Costs continue to move up and it’s something farmers are noticing.”
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