This week in Washington: March 14-18

National Ag Day celebrated March 15 and highlight hearing includes 2-day hearing of House Agriculture Committee on USDA and its programs.

On Tuesday, the industry will be celebrating National Agriculture Day with a series of events happening around the U.S. and in Washington, D.C. The designation provides the opportunity for the agriculture industry to recognize great strides made over the years and to look forward and set goals for the future of the industry.

In Washington, a series of briefings on Capitol Hill, receptions and luncheons will be held to recognize the industry's leaders and its successes from recent years. To learn more about National Ag Day, click here.

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing on Cuba - Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (ET), the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade will hold a hearing on "Trade with Cuba: Growth & Opportunities." The hearing will feature several witnesses offering testimonies both for and against ending the Cuban embargo. To watch it live or an archived webcast, click here.

House Ag Subcommittee Hearing on Pests & Diseases - Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. (ET), the House Agriculture Committee's subcommittee on biotechnology, horticulture and research and subcommittee on livestock and foreign agriculture will hold a joint hearing on "Defending American Agriculture Against Foreign Pests & Diseases." To watch it live or an archived webcast, click here.

House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on USDA Rural Development - Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. (ET), the House Committee on Appropriations' agriculture subcommittee will hear testimony regarding the fiscal 2017 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development programs. To watch it live or an archived webcast, click here.

House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on USDA Research, Education & Economics - Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (ET), the House Committee on Appropriations' agriculture subcommittee will hear testimony regarding the fiscal 2017 budget for USDA's research, education and economics programs. Witnesses include USDA employees representing the Budget Office, NIFA, ERS, ARS and NASS. To watch it live or an archived webcast, click here.

House Ag Committee Hearing on USDA & Its Programs #1 - Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (ET), the House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing to "Examine the USDA Organization & Program Administration." The hearing will be part 1 of a two-part hearing on the topic. To watch it live or an archived webcast, click here.

House Ag Committee Hearing on USDA and its Programs #2 - Friday at 9:00 a.m. (ET), the second part of the House Agriculture Committee's hearing will be held to examine USDA and its programs. To watch it live or an archived webcast, click here.

Trade mission:  March 14-18, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead a trade mission to Peru and Chile.

Forum on Antibiotic Resistance: The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) will participate in “Resistance: The Antibiotics Challenge,” a forum hosted March 16 by The Atlantic magazine in Washington, D.C. The forum will focus on drug-resistant bacteria, regulations on the use of antibiotics in both humans and livestock and the impacts of restricting antibiotic usage. Various leaders in public and animal health will speak at the event. NPPC continues to actively participate in public discussions on the use of antibiotics and maintains the position that regulatory decisions or legislative actions on antibiotic use in animals must be transparent and made based on scientific risk analysis. For more info, click here.

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