With the House out of session last week due to the massive winter storm, legislators plan to get back to work the week of Feb. 1 and have a handful of hearings on tap. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect this week and ways to listen in:
House ag subcommittee hearing on direct marketing: The House Agriculture Committee's subcommittee on biotechnology, horticulture and research will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to review "Opportunities & Challenges in Direct Marketing - A View from the Field." To watch a live webcast or an archived version following the hearing, click here.
House Ag Committee business meeting: The House Agriculture Committee will hold a full committee business meeting at 9:30 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Feb. 2, to review "The Budget Views & Estimates Letter of the Committee on Agriculture for the Agencies & Programs under the Jurisdiction of the Committee for Fiscal Year 2017." To watch the business meeting live or archived, click here.
House ag subcommittee hearing on nutrition program issues: The House Agriculture Committee's subcommittee on nutrition will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for "Review Incentive Programs Aimed at Increasing Low-Income Families' Purchasing Power for Fruits & Vegetables." To watch a live webcast or an archived version following the hearing, click here.
Senate environment committee hearing on stream protection rule: The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee will hold a hearing at 9:30 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Feb. 3, to review "The Stream Protection Rule: Impacts on the Environment & Implications for Endangered Species Act & Clean Water Act Implementation." To watch a live webcast or an archived version following the hearing, click here.
Also on tap this week:
Iowa presidential caucus: After months of campaigning by candidates, Iowa residents will get the nation's first chance to make their voice heard in this year's presidential election with its caucus kicking off tonight. Democrats will hold 1,683 caucuses and Republicans 700, according to a NPR prime.
National Assn. of State Departments of Agriculture policy meeting: NASDA will hold their winter policy conference, Agriculture Amplified, in Washington, D.C. from Jan. 31-Feb. 3. The event will be attended by the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of agriculture, as well as their staff and a variety of federal and industry stakeholders.The line-up of speakers includes the influential voices of secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack, Sen. Pat Roberts, (R., Kan.), Rep. Collin Peterson, (D., Minn.) former NASDA member and current U.S. Representative Dan New House, and more.
Wheat Industry Winter Conference: The Joint Board Meeting with U.S. Wheat Associates and National Assn. of Wheat Growers will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washingon on Capitol Hill from Feb. 2-6. Find more info here.
National Rural Health Assn. annual policy insitute: NRHA's 27th annual Rural Health Policy Institute is scheduled for Feb. 2-4 with access to members of Congress, the Administration, key public health officials and health care experts. Sec. Vilsack is planned to speak on Wednesday.