April 25, 2022
- Big Picture Outlook
- Thoughts from Team Torrey
- The Week Ahead
- A Quick Look Back
Big Picture Outlook
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry is beginning its farm bill process with afield hearing in Lansing, Michigan on Friday, April 29 entitled “Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives.” The chair of the committee, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), is focused on hearing how Congress can “strengthen this important legislation, grow our economy, and build a stronger food supply chain .” Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) stated that “the needs of each region and each commodity must be balanced, which is why it is crucial that we hear directly from agricultural stakeholders from across the country.” Another field hearing is expected to take place in Arkansas in the coming months, followed by title-by-title farm bill hearings in Washington, D.C. The House Agriculture Committee is continuing with their farm billhearing process on Thursday with a review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday to solicit input from stakeholders on recent rail service issues, with all six Class I railroads scheduled to testify. Witnesses will also include several ag and food industry representatives, including NGFA, AFBF, TFI, Growth Energy, Corn Refiners, labor unions, and officials from, DOT, USDA and FMC. Members of the Agriculture Transportation Working Group STB last Thursday called for the board to address current rail service issues, voicing support for a public comment process on a petition that would allow rail customers to penalize railroads for inefficient use of private railcars, asking for additional data reporting requirements for rail lines, and urging the STB to finalize its proposed rule on competitive switching. On Friday, the STB proposed new rules that would allow rail shippers to more easily petition regulators to intervene in a time of emergency. They will be accepting public comments on the proposal until May 23, and it will likely be discussed during this week’s hearing.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and finance ministers from G7 and G20 nations to address the global food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. During a panel, she warned countries to avoid imposing export restrictions on food related products to discourage any further rise in prices and urged world finance leaders to take decisive action in supporting international financial institutions as they seek to combat food insecurity. Secretary Yellen also expressed her commitment to international humanitarian aid by stating that “Even as we continue escalating our sanctions and other economic measures against Russia, we reiterate our commitment to authorizing essential humanitarian and related activities that benefit people around the world — ensuring the availability of basic foodstuffs and agricultural commodities.”
Waters of the United States
Farm and conservation groups across the country along with 45 senators and 154 House members filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court challenging the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” in the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court will review the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in properly upholding the federal government’s test of what is considered Waters of the U.S. It is expected that the case will be argued this summer.
The Week Ahead
Tuesday, April 26
- 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry holds ahearing to review S. 4030, the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022, and S.3870, the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022
Wednesday, April 27
- 10:00 AM EST: House Agriculture Committee holds a hearing to discuss “An Examination of Price Discrepancies, Transparency, and Alleged Unfair Practices in Cattle Markets”
- 10:00 AM EST: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies holds a hearing to discuss Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration with FDA Commissioner Robert Califf
Thursday, April 28
- 10:00 AM EST: House Agriculture holds a hearing to discuss “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”
- 10:00 AM EST: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies holds a hearing with USDA Secretary Vilsack
- 10:00 AM EST: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies holds a hearing to Review of the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration with FDA Commissioner Robert Califf
Friday, April 29
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry holds a hearing to discuss Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives from Michigan
To see a full list of House and Senate Committee business, visit here.
A Quick Look Back
“Canola Oil Proposed by EPA as Feedstock for Renewable Diesel and Newer Biofuels” U.S. Canola Association
“Economic Report of the President” The White House
“Rep. Fischbach Introduces the SHIP IT Act with Rep. Donalds” Michelle Fischbach