Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 4.30

Monday, April 30th, 2018


April 30, 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 House and Senate are in recess for the week.
  • House GOP Members Discuss Farm Bill- The full GOP conference met (paywall) April 27 to discuss the House farm bill draft. With Democrats likely to oppose the bill, House Republicans must garner support from within the party to pass the measure. Chairman Conaway remains hopeful for a floor vote in May.
  • NAFTA Nations Put Negotiations on Hold- U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer met with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland and Mexican Economy Minister Guajardo on Friday. However, the leaders will have to pause their negotiations this week due to a U.S. trade trip to China. The three ministers will resume negotiations on May 7 while technical talks with lower-level officials continue. Read more here.

Nominations & Confirmations

  • Kenneth Barbic to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
  • Rohit Chopra, Noah Phillips, Joseph Simons, Christine Wilson, and Rebecca Slaughter to be Federal Trade Commissioners.

The Week Ahead

Monday, April 30

  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will hold a swearing-in ceremony for the newly appointed USDA administrators: Ken Isley for the Foreign Agricultural Service; Martin Barbre for the Risk Management Agency; Joel Baxley for the Rural Housing Service; Ken Johnson for the Rural Utilities Service; and Bette Brand for the Rural Business-Cooperative Service.

Tuesday, May 1

  • U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer will participate in a moderated panel discussion about the U.S.-China economic relationship prior to a Trump administration delegation trip to China. Joining him will be Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group.

Wednesday, May 2

  • The Brookings Institute will host a discussion on “The Future of Trade in U.S.-Japan Relations.” with members of the Japanese House of Representatives, the former Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, the president of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and fellows from the Bookings Institute.

Thursday, May 3

  • The American Enterprise Institute will host a forum on the House farm bill, assessing the proposed changes in the bill and examining the federal crop insurance program and U.S. sugar policy. AEI has been an outspoken critic of farm bill programs.

A Quick Look Back

Pertinent Timing Ticker

  • 153 total days until the farm bill expires (Sep. 30, 2018).