Washington Wrap-Up

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Budget and appropriations season is upon us. NASDA shared our priorities for agriculture program funding late last week in a letter to House and Senate appropriators. Brush up on the Congressional appropriations process here. Additionally, the White House’s draft notice on NAFTA negotiations were made public, and the EPA made news with an announcement on chlorpyrifos. Here’s the review:

  • EPA announced its decision to deny a petition seeking to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, with support from NASDA and other ag and food organizations.
  • A leaked draft notice from the White House on its intent to negotiate NAFTA surfaced, referencing the administration’s desire to pursue many items which were included in the TPP agreement.
  • A bill penned the Save our Small and Seasonal Business Act was introduced by a number of  senators, which would make the H-2B returning worker exemption permanent and streamline processing.
  • The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017 was reintroduced, to “prohibit certain practices relating to certain commodity promotion programs, to require greater transparency by those programs.” Also introduced was a bill to prohibit mandatory or compulsory checkoff programs.
  • USDA announced the successful eradication of New World Screwworm from Florida.

Written by Lacie Dotterweich