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This Week in Washington: Jan. 18-22This Week in Washington: Jan. 18-22

Senate Agriculture Committee plans child nutrition markup on Wednesday and antimicrobial summit planned for Jan. 20 and 21.

Jacqui Fatka

January 15, 2016

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This Week in Washington: Jan. 18-22

Government offices are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, but Congress does return to work for the remainder of the week. Here’s a snapshot of some of the hearings and activities to watch:

Senate child nutrition markup. The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a business meeting on Wednesday to markup “Committee Print: Improving Child Nutrition Integrity & Access Act of 2016.” The bill is a compromise struck between Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.). The meeting is planned for 10 a.m.  Jan. 20 in 328A Russell Senate Office Building. Read more on the bill here.

Antimicrobial summit. Leaders in the veterinary and human health communities, the livestock sector, consumer groups and federal and state regulatory agencies will gather in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20-21 to discuss policy, education and economic issues of the stewardship of antimicrobial drug use in food animals. The national summit, Antibiotic Stewardship: Policy, Education & Economics, will convene at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. The summit continues through Thursday.

A collaboration of Farm Foundation, NFP, the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges (AAVMC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS), the summit will highlight the diverse issues involved in stewardship of antimicrobial drug use. Catherine Woteki, USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics, is a featured speaker. She will present a keynote address at noon on Jan. 21. A full agenda of the summit is available. There is no fee to attend the summit, but registration is requested and can be completed online.

Here are some top headlines from last week relating to policy issues:

Livestock groups testify on impact of TPP

House passes resolution to disapprove WOTUS rule

Animal activist groups sue over NC ag-gag law

Obama's final State of the Union highlights trade, climate change

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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