Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 10.9

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018


October 9, 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 Senate is in session this week. The House will not meet until after the midterm elections.
  • Farm Bill Expiration Day 9: In an interview over the weekend, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) said he expects the Farm Bill to pass after the midterm elections. Peterson said the snag revolves around issues on conservation, commodities, and budget numbers. “I can deliver 100 Democrats if we do something close to what they did in the Senate [version], which is pretty good stuff, actually.” he told the Marshall Independent. Peterson also shared that farmers are more concerned about the tariffs being administered by the administration.
  • FDA Bans Seven Synthetic Flavorings– According to a Federal Register Notice, the FDA will ban several synthetic flavorings that have been linked to cancer. The substances prohibited are:  benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone, pyridine, and styrene. The substances are sometimes labeled as “artificial flavor” on nutrition panels or ingredients lists and are used in beverages, baked goods, candy, chewing gum, and ice cream. The decision comes after a 2016 petition and consequential lawsuit earlier this year.

Nominations & Confirmations

  • Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Lisa Porter was confirmed to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

The Week Ahead

Thursday, October 11

  • The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing to examine the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem.

A Quick Look Back

Pertinent Timing Ticker

  • 9 day since farm bill expiration (Sep. 30, 2018).
  • 28 days until midterm elections (Nov. 6, 2018).
  • 35 days until the Lame Duck session (Nov. 13, 2018).