Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 1.28

Monday, January 28th, 2019


January 28, 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

  • Government Re-Opens for Now- On Friday, President Trump announced a deal to temporarily fund the government through February 15. The deal does not include funds to construct a border wall, but will re-open agencies while negotiations continue.  “After 36 days of spirited debate and dialogue, I have seen and heard from enough Democrats and Republicans that they are willing to put partisanship aside, I think, and put the security of the American people first,” Trump explained in his announcement. Several of the shuttered agencies work closely with the ag industry; those include USDA, FDA, EPA, and the Interior Department. USDA will be re-starting the implementation of the new farm bill, though employees returning to work today expect to see sizable backlog. Earlier in the week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) shared that he urged his Democratic colleagues to give the President funding for the border wall and to “put strings on it” . “There’s a way out of this,” Peterson explained.

Nominations & Confirmations

The Senate has not made any confirmations in this session yet.

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, January 29
  • The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will review the nomination of Nicole Nason to serve as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

MTA In Action

Michael Torrey shared a federal affairs update with board members from Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative during their meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael Torrey Associates worked with USDA to secure a presentation for the Edge and other Dairy Strong conference attendees. Under Secretary Ted McKinney oversees Agricultural Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and gave a trade update to the group via video-conference.
Next week, Tara Smith will share insights on farm bill implementation as a panelist at the Farm Foundation Forum, “Realities of Implementing the 2018 Farm Bill”. Smith will be joined by  USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey, Kansas State Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics Barry Flinchbaugh, and Alan Bjerga from the National Milk Producer’s Federation. Register for the free live audio cast by clicking here. To attend the forum in person, click here.

A Quick Look Back

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