Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 3.4
WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE
March 4, 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
- Perdue Testifies on Capitol Hill- USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue spent much of last week testifying on Capitol Hill before both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Perdue gave perspective on USDA’s progress towards farm bill implementation, ongoing trade negotiations, nutrition policy, and a myriad of other topics. He also gave a series of deadlines for USDA programs for the 2019 year. USDA will begin farmer sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program on June 17th. Payments can be expected to begin on July 8th. ARC and PLC program signup can be expected “around” the first of September. And the changes made under the Conservation Reserve Program will not apply until the 2020 planting season. Click here to watch the Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing. Click here to watch the House Agriculture Committee Hearing.
Trade Widely Discussed at Commodity Classic – The Commodity Classic brought together farmers and ag organizations from across the country last week. The group met in Orlando, Florida and heard from a variety of speakers, including USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. During his remarks, Perdue addressed the ongoing trade negotiations with China, and the ratification of the USMCA. He shared that he is “working to persuade” the President that the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs are “no longer needed” against Canada and Mexico. At Friday’s General Session, leaders from National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, and National Sorghum Producers announced their support for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and will be advocating Members of Congress to ratify the trade agreement this year. They will also urge the Administration to keep the current NAFTA agreement until the new agreement is put in place.
Nominations & Confirmations
The Week Ahead
- The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will examine the electricity sector in a changing climate.
- The Senate Environment and Public Works’ Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety will discuss states’ roles in protecting air quality.
Wednesday, March 6
- The House Budget Committee will hold a Members’ Day meeting on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
- The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing entitled “The Economic Benefits of Highway Infrastructure Investment and Accelerated Project Delivery.”
- The House Ways & Means Committee will discuss, “Our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure and the Need for Immediate Action.”
Thursday, March 7
- The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Security will convene to examine, “China: Challenges for U.S. Commerce.”
MTA In Action
A Quick Look Back
- Amazon Launches Private Label Milk & Dairy Products Under Happy Belly Brand
- Ag Businesses Warn Trump Administration About Title III
- FDA Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food
- BrightFarms Announces Aggressive Growth Strategy for National Expansion
- Meat Slaughtered Without Stunning Animals Not Organic: EU Court
- Pesticide Registration Bill Heads to President
- Perdue Reiterates Need to Restore Original Intent of SNAP: A Second Chance, Not A Way of Life
Pertinent Timing Ticker
- 7 days until the anticipated release of President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal (March 11, 2019).
- 29 days remaining to comment on USDA’s Proposed Rule on SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (April 2, 2019).