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This week in Washington: June 13-17

Trade hearings highlight of activities in the House this week and USDA sends Scuse on overseas trade mission.

This week the House looks to tackle trade with two different subcommittee hearings likely to focus on the impact of trade on agriculture.

Outside of Washington, D.C., acting deputy secretary of agriculture Michael Scuse travels to Russia and Ukraine. He is scheduled to give remarks on global food security at the opening ceremony for a Bunge oilseed crushing facility in Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

Also this week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will visit Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Ind., where he will discuss the importance of innovation and trade for American agriculture. He will be joined by Land O’ Lakes president and chief executive officer Chris Polinski.

House ag subcommittee hearing on trade execution - Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. ET, the House Committee on Agriculture's subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit will hold a hearing "To Review the Impact of G-20 Clearing and Trade Execution Requirements." To watch the hearing live via webcast or archived afterwards, click here.

House ways and means trade subcommittee hearing on agriculture - Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. ET, the House Ways and Means Committee's subcommittee on trade will hold a hearing on "Expanding U.S. Agriculture Trade and Eliminating Barriers to U.S. Exports." This will be a good opportunity for Members of the Subcommittee to raise the need to eliminate trade barriers for agriculture between the U.S. and Cuba as well as to raise concerns over U.S. competitors that violate WTO agreements by over-subsidizing. To watch the hearing live via webcast or archived afterwards, click here.

Finance hearing on energy tax policy – On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. ET, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing to examine energy tax policy in 2016 and beyond. For more information or to watch the hearing live, click here.

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