Managing federal payments to farmers as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and managing relationships with global ag trading partners are major policy priorities for the new administration in looking ahead to the new year, but that’s not all. New administration officials will be tasked with sustaining ethanol as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard and determining the future path of USDA agencies that have been consolidated and scaled back in recent years. It’s all on top of the new administration’s efforts to pare down on agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions through incentives for farm-level practices that help capture carbon in the soil. See more on USDA priorities moving forward.