Blue Diamond Almond Facts July-August 2022

The House Agriculture Committee continues to host hearings in preparation for the new Farm Bill. Areas of focus for Blue Diamond include increased funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC), pest and disease research and support, crop insurance and climate conservation funding.

Shipping shortages continue to affect Americans. Congressman Jim Costa introduced The Ocean Shipping Antitrust Enforcement Act (H.R. 6864) on February 28. This bill removes antitrust exemptions for foreign flag shipping carriers from federal antitrust laws and addresses unfair business practices that hurt American business. The bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation for consideration. The Senate introduced a similar bill to the House’s Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (H.R. 4996). S 3580 known as the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022. This bill passed unanimously in the Senate and was signed by President Biden last month. This new law will create more transparency for U.S. agricultural exports, as it requires international ocean carriers to officially report the number of empty containers being transported. This will work to support growth and further development of American exports.

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