Washington Week Ahead

Washington Week Ahead: Focus on…..

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 – xxxxx

Here’s a list of agriculture- or rural-related events scheduled for this week in Washington and elsewhere:


Monday, Dec. 8

4 p.m. USDA releases U.S. Agricultural Trade Data Update.


Tuesday, Dec. 9

12:15 p.m. International Food Policy Research Institute launches new report on country-level progress toward reducing malnutrition.


Wednesday, Dec. 10

10 a.m. Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing titled “The Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Effective Enforcement and the Future of Derivatives Regulation.” The panel will examine CFTC’s recent activities, the resources the commission needs to do its job, and how the CFTS plans to complete its responsibilities under the Dodd-Frank Act. 328A Russell.

10 a.m. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a hearing on drones, called “U.S. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Integration, Oversight, and Competitiveness.” 2167 Rayburn

10:15 a.m. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled “Examining FDA’s Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients.” The panel will discuss H.R. 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and hear from the FDA and interested stakeholders about FDA’s current review process for food ingredients. It will also discuss the role that foods with genetically modified ingredients play in the U.S. food supply and economy. 2123 Rayburn. 

10:30 a.m. The National Research Council holds an open meeting on "Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects. An NRC panel will hear from scientists using novel genetic engineering (GE) techniques to introduce new traits into crops and listen to staff from USDA, EPA, and FDA describe their agencies' experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The committee will also hear from representatives of companies that produce GE seeds for commodities (corn, soy, cotton, canola) about a range of issues. An agenda may be found here. At the National Academy of Sciences in Washington.

12 p.m. USDA releases monthly WASDE and Crop Production reports plus a report on Cotton Ginnings.

1 p.m. EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee holds Pollinator Workshop Meeting. 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington

3 p.m. USDA releases Broiler Hatchery report.

4 p.m. USDA releases Season-Average Price Forecasts and Aquaculture Data.


Thursday, Dec. 11

8:30 a.m. USDA releases Weekly Export Sales.

10 a.m. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds an oversight hearing on President Obama’s executive order for improving the safety of chemical plants. 406 Dirksen.

10 a.m. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power holds a hearing on “The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975: Are We Positioning America for Success in an Era of Energy Abundance?” 2123 Rayburn


Friday, Dec. 12

1 p.m. USDA releases outlooks for wheat, cotton and wool and oil crops.

3 p.m. USDA releases reports on Potato Stocks and Peanut Prices.

4 p.m. USDA releases outlooks for feed and rice.


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