Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 4.23

Monday, April 23rd, 2018


April 23, 2018

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

  • Schedule-  The House and Senate are in session this week.
  • House Ag Committee Advances Farm Bill- On Wednesday, the House Committee on Agriculture passed the 2018 Farm Bill (also known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 or H.R.2) out of committee on a party-line vote of 26-20. The committee considered four amendments and adopted 3 during the markup: an en bloc, Rep. King’s interstate commerce amendment, and Rep. Denham’s amendment to prohibit the consumption of dog or cat meat. Click here for section by section summary of the bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee has not yet introduced its version of a farm bill for consideration.
  • Cuba Leadership Transition-  For the first time in almost six decades, Cuba’s leader is no longer named Castro. On Friday, Raúl Castro handed over the nation’s presidency to longtime Communist Party figure, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez . Ag stakeholders are watching to see if the change in leadership will open dialogue to expand U.S. trade and agricultural exports with the nation of 11 million.



  • Carlos Muniz, to be General Counsel, Department of Education.
  • James Bridenstine to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, April 24

  • The Senate Ag Committee will hear testimony from Secretary Perdue on The State of Rural America
  • The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and the Food and Drug Administration will review the FY19 budget request for the FDA. Commissioner Gottlieb will provide testimony.
  • The Senate Appropriations Foreign Ops Subcommittee will hear the FY19 budget request for USAID from Administrator Green.
Wednesday, April 25
  • House Ag Appropriations will hold a Member Day hearing to allow members to bring up their priorities for the FY19 budget.
  • Senator Tina Smith will host the eighth annual Minnesota Hotdish Competition to determine which lawmaker in the delegation makes the best hotdish (known as a casserole in other parts of the country). All ten members of the delegation are anticipated to compete, including House Ag’s ranking member, Collin Peterson.
Thursday, April 19
  • The House Appropriations Foreign Ops Subcommittee will hear testimony from USAID Administrator Green regarding the agency’s FY19 budget request.

A Quick Look Back

Pertinent Timing Ticker

  • 160 total days until the farm bill expires (Sep. 30, 2018).