Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 3.25
WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE
March 25, 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
- Flooding in Midwest Causes Major Losses- Many states throughout the central US have experienced major flooding that has damaged billions of dollars worth of agriculture, businesses and infrastructure. President Trump has approved federal disaster declarations for Nebraska and Iowa. “This is the most widespread natural disaster we’ve ever had in our state’s history,” said Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. This week, the Senate could hold a vote on a $14.2 billion disaster aid package that the House passed in January. Secretary Perdue said he expects flood relief to be included in the final bill. Another legislative optionCongress could consider is offering tax breaks for disaster victims which could include deductions for casualty losses, extending tax filing deadlines, easing limits on deductible contributions to charity or waiving penalties for tapping retirement accounts. Many farmers may have to delay or cancel this year’s planting, as fields are still inundated with floodwaters. USDA has announced that they will be providing various program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities. The agency recommends farmers and ranchers contact their local USDA Service Center to understand the tools available to them or visit farmers.gov/recover for more information.
- 2020 Dietary Guidelines Holds First Meeting– The first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will begin on March 28th. The meeting will include 1) reviewing operations for the Committee members 2) an overview topics and questions that the Committee will examine 3) presentations on the evidence-based approaches for reviewing scientific evidence and 4) plans for future Committee work. Earlier this month, USDA and HHS announced the members of the Advisory Committee Click here to register to attend this meeting via webcast.
Nominations & Confirmations
On Thursday, Senate Energy and Natural Resources will host a hearing on the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior.
The Week Ahead
- The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade will discuss “Trade and Labor: Creating and Enforcing Rules to Benefit American Workers.”
- The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies will hold a Member Day.
- The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies will examine “USDA’s Proposed Relocation of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will examine the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior.
- The Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee will hear testimony from outgoing FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the FY20 budget request for the FDA.
- USDA will hold its first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Click here to register to attend this meeting via webcast.
- USDA will continue it’s first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
MTA In Action
MTA to Host Food & Ag Meet & Greets– Michael Torrey Associates is partnering with our neighbors at the Beer Institute for two food and ag Meet & Greet events this week. On Tuesday the 26th, we will be hosting Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-MN-02). On Wednesday the 27th, we’ll be meeting Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22). Both events will take place from 8:30-9:30am at the Beer Institute offices at 440 First Street NW, Suite 350. To RSVP, please contact Marissa Dake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Quick Look Back
- Philadelphia ShopRite Owner Blames Soda Tax for Closure
- Coca-Cola Continues Voluntary Producer Responsibility Approach with $5.4M in New Recycling Grants
- General Mills to Advance Regenerative Agriculture Practices on One Million Acres of Farmland by 2030
- USDA Releases Total 2018 & January Milk Production
- U.S. Seizes 1 Million Pounds of Pork from China on Swine Fever Concerns
- Historic Flood Losses Faced by Nebraska Farmers “Will Impact Food on Your Table”
- U.S. Food Buys Offer Little Relief from Trade War
Pertinent Timing Ticker
- 8 days remaining to comment on USDA’s Proposed Rule on SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (April 2, 2019).