U.S. Grains Council and National Rural Electricity Cooperative Assn. annual meetings going on this week.

Jacqui Fatka, Policy editor

February 16, 2016

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This week in Washington: House, Senate on recess

The House and Senate are on recess this week, and government offices were closed Monday for President’s Day. Winter meeting season does continue, with a handful of going on this week.

U.S. Grains Council Annual Membership Meeting – This year’s 13th International Marketing Conference and 56th Annual Membership Meeting for the U.S. Grains Council will be held in Sarasota, Fla. The meeting provides members with the opportunity to meet with all of the council’s international directors and hear about its boots-on-the-ground activities in more than 50 countries around the world. In addition, the Advisory Teams (A-Teams) will review the council’s Unified Export Strategy and help set directions and priorities for the year ahead.

National Rural Electricity Cooperative Assn. (NRECA) Annual Meeting – From Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, NRECA will hold its annual meeting in New Orleans, La. On Wednesday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will give remarks on rural electricity.

Food Safety & Inspection Service Meeting - This week, the Food Safety & Inspection Service will hold a meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft U.S. positions to be discussed at the upcoming conference in China in March.

About the Author(s)

Jacqui Fatka

Policy editor, Farm Futures

Jacqui Fatka grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in southwest Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in agriculture education, in 2003. She’s been writing for agricultural audiences ever since. In college, she interned with Wallaces Farmer and cultivated her love of ag policy during an internship with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, working in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Capitol Hill press office. In 2003, she started full time for Farm Progress companies’ state and regional publications as the e-content editor, and became Farm Futures’ policy editor in 2004. A few years later, she began covering grain and biofuels markets for the weekly newspaper Feedstuffs. As the current policy editor for Farm Progress, she covers the ongoing developments in ag policy, trade, regulations and court rulings. Fatka also serves as the interim executive secretary-treasurer for the North American Agricultural Journalists. She lives on a small acreage in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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