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This week in Washington: May 2-6This week in Washington: May 2-6

Congress is on recess during the week and U.N. Climate Action Summit planned for May 6.

Jacqui Fatka

May 2, 2016

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This week in Washington: May 2-6

Members of both chambers of Congress will return to their home states and districts for a weeklong recess before returning to Washington on May 9-10 until their next recess, which follows Memorial Day.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver remarks on rural opioids Thursday to the 2Gen Administration Conference. Later that day, Vilsack will give remarks to the Congressional Fire Services Dinner.

Following the historic Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the U.N. on April 22, the Climate Action 2016 Summit will convene global leaders from government, business and civil society on May 5-6 in Washington, D.C., to showcase and discuss actions all sectors are already taking to make the agreement a success. The national governments that have signed on to the Paris Agreement will need the support of international organizations, the private sector and civil society, and Climate Action 2016 will provide the forum for demonstrating actions currently underway. Vilsack plans to attend the summit. For the full list of speakers and the summit agenda, go to http://www.climateaction2016.org/#program.

Also on Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Market opens, where Vilsack will give remarks.

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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