Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 3.19

Monday, March 19th, 2018


March 19, 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- With the stopgap funding measure expiring on Friday, House Republicans plan to release the text of the 2018 omnibus spending bill at 5:45pm today. Congress is expected to break for a two week Easter Recess on Friday.
  • Opoid Crisis- President Trump is set to unveil his plan to combat the opioid crisis in Manchester, New Hampshire later today. He will be accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
  • Prince of Saudi Arabia visits U.S.- Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be visiting several cities in the U.S. this week, meeting with President Trump on Tuesday. The primary purpose of his visit is to attract foreign investment in varying industries– from energy to entertainment.


  • Gilbert B. Kaplan to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
  • Jeffrey DeWit to be Chief Financial Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, March 20

  • It’s National Ag Day!
  • The House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee will hold a hearing on the 2017 wildfires.
  • The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear from Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the President’s FY19 Budget Request for the DOE.
Wednesday, March 21
  • The House Ways and Means Committee will hear from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the President’s trade agenda.
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue, USDA chief economist Robert Johansson, and USDA acting budget office Diem-Linh Jones will testify before the House Appropriations Agriculture-FDA Subcommittee on the President’s FY19 Budget Request for the USDA.
  • Members of the MTA team will attend the Agri-Pulse Ag and Food Summit in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, March 22
  • USTR Lighthizer will be on The Hill again, this time before the Senate Finance Committee, testifying on the President’s trade agenda.
  • The House Ways and Means Committee will convene for a second time on the President’s Trade Agenda with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifying.

A Quick Look Back

Pertinent Timing Ticker

  • 5 days (5 legislative days) until government funding expires on March 23, 2018.
  • 195 total days until the farm bill expires (Sep. 30, 2018).