Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 9.23

Monday, September 23rd, 2019


September 23, 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

House Buys Senate Time for Appropriations– Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced several spending bills out of committee, including the Agriculture-FDA package. The Financial Services-General Government and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development bills were also advanced by the full committee. The House passed a continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown on October 1 and extend government funding until November 21.

New Farmer Group on Climate Change Launches– The “U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal” coalition debuted their new group with a press conference on Capitol Hill last Wednesday. The group works with Regeneration International, who believes that “overhauling the agricultural sector could help sequester carbon emissions in the soil, reversing the industry’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.” The group also delivered a letter to Congress that asks Congress to work with farmers “to develop food and agriculture policies that support climate-friendly organic and regenerative farming, ranching, and land-use practices.”

The Week Ahead

Monday, September 23, 2019

  • AgriPulse hosts the 2019 Ag Outlook Forum in Kansas City, MO.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  • The Farm Foundation will host a forum on “Incentivizing Conservation Agriculture.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

  • The Senate Agriculture Committee will examine “Perspectives on the Livestock and Poultry Sectors.”
  • The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment will mark up it’s FY20 Appropriations Bill.
  • The House Appropriations Agriculture and FDA Subcommittee will discuss, “International Food Assistance Programs at USDA and USAID.”
  • Representatives Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) will host a screening of the mini-documentary “Eat Up” and panel discussion on “Rethinking School Food as a Tool for Better Education”. Panelists include Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, Jill Shah of the Shah Family Foundation, and Chef Ann Cooper.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • The House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “The National Forest System: Restoring our Forest Infrastructure.”

Friday, September 27, 2019

  • The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting to discuss FDA’s efforts to modernize standards of identity as part of the agency’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy.

MTA In Action

On Tuesday, Michael Torrey presented to the Pet Food Institute Board of Directors, giving a legislative update and previewing the 2020 election and it’s impact on the food and agriculture industry.

MTA Executive Vice President Tara Smith presented a legislative update to a group of crop insurance agents from the Big “I” in Brookings, South Dakota last week. Smith was joined by Greg Sandrock, who serves as their Crop Task Force Chairman.

A Quick Look Back