This Week in Washington: May 16-20

The Senate is set to begin consideration of agricultural appropriations bill this week, and House and Senate ag committees plan hearings.

Last week, congressional appropriators returned from their weeklong recess to pick up where they left off and continue finalizing funding bills for fiscal year (FY) 2017. While the House Appropriations Committee passed its agriculture appropriations bill on April 19, which included funding bills for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food & Drug Administration, the Senate agriculture appropriations subcommittee had not taken up any bills before the recess.

Also on tap this week is a handful of hearings by the House and Senate agriculture committees.

Tuesday, May 17: The Senate subcommittee is now set to take up its version of the FY 2017 agricultural appropriations bill on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. The webcast audio-only will be available by clicking here.

The House agriculture subcommittee on conservation and forestry has a hearing planned for 10 a.m. in the ongoing "Focus on the Farm Economy" series. This one will focus on the impacts of environmental regulations and voluntary conservation solutions. To view live or view the archive, click here.

Wednesday, May 18: The House Agriculture Committee also has a public hearing planned to highlight veteran contributions to national food security at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. For more information, click here.

Thursday, May 19: The Senate Agriculture Committee plans to hold a hearing on the Farm Credit System at 10:15 a.m. Thursday morning. Members from the Farm Credit Administration board will testify, as will representatives from banks and the Farm Credit Services of America. For more information, click here.

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