Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 2.11
WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE
February 11, 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 Funding Negotiations Nearing Deadline- There are four days remaining for lawmakers to reach an agreement on border security and government funding. If they do not reach a deal by February 15, the government will shut down for the second time this year. At this point in time, the negotiations revolve around a limit on the number of beds that Immigration and Customs Enforcement can use for detainees. Reports have also said that lawmakers are considering a year-long continuing resolution bill.
- “Green New Deal” Peripherally Mentions Agriculture- Last Thursday, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) unveiled a resolution for the “Green New Deal”. The non-binding resolution urges Congress to expand renewable energy, shift natural resources, and make the US carbon-neutral by 2030. The resolution is 140 pages and mentions agriculture only a handful of times, calling the federal government in “working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers (…) to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible.” Two ways to support this goal are listed as “supporting family farming” and “investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health.” The agriculture industry produces about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Nominations & Confirmations
The Senate has not made any confirmations in this session yet.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the EPA last week. The vote was 11-10, and along party lines. Wheeler is currently the deputy administrator of the EPA and has been leading interim, after the resignation of Scott Pruitt.
The Week Ahead
- The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing entitled, “The Invasive Species Threat: Protecting Wildlife, Public Health, and Infrastructure”.
MTA In Action
A Quick Look Back
- Unilever acquires Graze
- Canadian, Mexican Agriculture Leaders to Take Part in USDA’s 2019 Outlook Forum
- 9th Circuit Court Blocks San Francisco Warning On Soda Ads
- Crop Production Report: Corn Yields Down, Soybeans Up Over 2017
- Hazlett leaves USDA to start new role with White House
- Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Strengthen Labor Protections for Farmworkers
Pertinent Timing Ticker
- 4 days until government funding expires. (Feb 15, 2019).
- 18 days until tariffs on Chinese goods rise to 25% (March 1, 2019).
- 50 days remaining to comment on USDA’s Proposed Rule on SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (April 2, 2019).