Weekly Food and Agriculture Update- 3.6

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018


March 5, 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 session this week. Last week, the House adjusted its schedule to allow the late Reverend Billy Graham’s body to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.
  • NAFTA Round 7– Talks to renegotiate NAFTA met for the seventh round in Mexico City last week and are wrapping up today. There have been incremental steps forward on some lower-level, technical issues, but the threat of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum has shifted focus away from any progress made. 
  • Banking- The Senate will consider a bill this week to scale back key banking regulations with the first procedural vote scheduled for Tuesday. The bill marks the biggest legislative change to banking industry oversight since Democrats enacted the Dodd-Frank Act, the historic 2010 law that imposed reams of new rules on lenders after the global financial crisis.


  • William Northey to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
  • Gregory Doud was confirmed to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.
  • Jason Kearns was confirmed to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for the term expiring December 16, 2024.
  • Dennis Shea was confirmed to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Geneva Office), with the rank of Ambassador.
  • C. J. Mahoney to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Investment, Services, Labor, Environment, Africa, China, and the Western Hemisphere), with the rank of Ambassador.

The Week Ahead

Tuesday, March 6

  • The House Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment will hold a hearing,”Examining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers”.
  •  The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will examining the administration’s infrastructure proposal.
  • The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Disconnected: Rural Broadband and the Business Case for Small Carriers”.

Wednesday, March 7

  • Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies will consider the FY19 budget and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts will examine examine small business bankruptcy, focusing on assessing the system.
  •  The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will host a hearing entitled, “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Long-Term Funding for Highways and Transit Programs”.
Thursday, March 8
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight will examine S.2421, to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 to provide an exemption from certain notice requirements and penalties for releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms.

A Quick Look Back

Pertinent Timing Ticker

  • 19 days (15 legislative days) until government funding expires on March 23, 2018.
  • 209 total days until the farm bill expires (Sep. 30, 2018).