Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 2.25
WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE
February 25, 2019
A quick look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C. that’s impacting food and agriculture. If you would like to subscribe to the receive the updates right to your inbox, please contact Marissa Dake.
Big Picture Outlook
- Trade Negotiations Underway on Several Fronts – President Trump tweeted yesterday that he will delay the scheduled increase in Chinese tariffs that were scheduled to begin on Friday. He announced that the US is making “substantial progress” in negotiations, and included agriculture as one of the issues being negotiated. It is unclear how long the deadline will be extended. The country has reportedly agreed to buy another 10 million metric tons of US soybeans, a similar move to the purchase agreement made in December. On Wednesday, USTR Robert Lighthizer will be on Capitol Hill, testifying on the China negotiations before the House Ways and Means Committee. Meanwhile, last week, Canada’s Minister of Transportation and Ambassador to the US said that the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs may block or delay passage of the new USMCA in their parliamentary elections. White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow has since shared that he is working to remove the tariffs.
- USDA to Hold Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session- Three USDA agencies will hold a joint Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session on Tuesday, February 26. The agency is seeking stakeholders to provide input on the new programs and changes from the 2018 bill. The hearing is hosted by the Risk Management Agency, the Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The listening session will start at 9am EST and will be streamed live on www.farmers.gov/farmbill. Written comments may be submitted through March 1.
Nominations & Confirmations
The Week Ahead
- The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearingentitled, “Connecting America: Examining Intermodal Connections Across Our Surface Transportation Network”
- The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife will discuss “The State of Water Supply Reliability in the 21st Century.”
- Three USDA Agencies will hold a joint Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session in which stakeholders are invited to provide input on the new programs and changes from the 2018 bill. The Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency will be hearing comments at the session. You can view the livestream of the event here.
- The House Committee on Agriculture will hold a business meeting to consider the Budget Views and Estimates Letter of the Committee on Agriculture for the agencies and programs under the jurisdiction of the Committee for fiscal year 2020. Following the meeting, the committee will receive testimony from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on “The State of the Rural Economy.”
- USTR Robert Lighthizer will testify before the House Ways and Means Committee on US-China Trade.
- FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb will testify before the House Committee on Appropriations on the status of operations for the Food and Drug Administration.
- USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will testify before Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on “Implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018”.
MTA In Action
A Quick Look Back
- Bipartisan whole milk bill draws support from the northeast
- Members of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Announced
- United States Issues WTO Counter Notification Concerning India’s Market Price Support for Various Pulses
- USDA, FDA to Advance Plan to Regulate Lab-Grown Meat Together
- Grocery shopping 2.0: You’ll soon be able to scan for food allergies with tap of an iPhone
- Government shutdown after-effect causes Wegmans to cut some prices for two weeks
- Blue Cross launches healthy food delivery service to Chicago food deserts
Pertinent Timing Ticker
- Day 24 of the partial government shutdown (Dec. 21, 2018).
- 14 days left to comment on the Use of Dairy Terms in the Labeling of Plant-Based Products(Jan 28, 2018).
- 14 days left to comment on the Proposed Joint-Employer Rulemaking (Jan 28, 2018).
- 46 days until tariffs on Chinese goods rise to 25% (March 1, 2018).