This week in Washington: May 23 27

Livestock takes center stage on both sides of the Hill as both ag committees plan hearing featuring testimony from those in livestock sector.

Jacqui Fatka, Policy editor

May 23, 2016

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This week in Washington: May 23  27

This week both the House and Senate agriculture committees will hear from livestock producers about top concerns from the industry. The House Agriculture Committee starts it off first with another hearing it is Focus on the Farm Economy series: A view from the barnyard. The Senate Agriculture Committee has its livestock hearing planned for Thursday.

The House and Senate are in session this week before taking their summer recess.

Tuesday, May 24

House Ag subcommittee hearing on farm economy - Tuesday at 10:00 AM ET, the House Committee on Agriculture's Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a hearing on "Focus on the Farm Economy: A View from the Barnyard." The hearing will address perspectives from various livestock and agriculture groups about the poor status of the general farm economy. To watch the hearing live via webcast or archived afterwards, click here.

Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on fisheries, water and wildlife – Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. the subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Erosion of Exemptions and Expansion of Federal Control –Implementation of the Definition of Waters of the United States.” To watch the hearing live or for more information, click here.

Wednesday, May 25

House Ag Committee hearing on food waste - Wednesday at 10:00 AM ET, the House Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing on "Food Waste from Field to Table." The hearing will focus on the long-time issue of food waste in the retail produce and restaurant industries and look at innovative solutions to curb the problems. To watch the hearing live via webcast or archived afterwards, click here.

Wednesday, May 26

Senate Ag Committee hearing on livestock and poultry sector challenges - Thursday at 10:00 AM ET, the Senate Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing on "A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges." To watch the hearing live via webcast or archived afterwards, click here.

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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