Cuba Trade, Rail Hearings Postponed Due to Snowstorm

February 12, 2010 Bookmark and Share

Historic snow in Washington, D.C. this week led to the virtual shut-down of Capitol Hill and postponement of three hearings of interest to wheat growers.

The House Agriculture Committee had been set to receive testimony Wednesday on the agricultural trade environment with respect to Cuba.

Opening the Cuban market is an important priority for NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates, who represent wheat growers’ trade interests at home and abroad, and NAWG First Vice President Jerry McReynolds, a producer from Kansas, had been scheduled to testify.

Committee staff is currently working to pick a date for a rescheduled hearing.

Another Agriculture Committee hearing, looking at changes to the Commodity Exchange Act in the 2008 Farm Bill, was also postponed. The committees covering agriculture in both chambers have jurisdiction over commodity trading and related items.

A third hearing, scheduled for Thursday by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, was also postponed.

That hearing would have examined the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board. That process is ongoing; a bill to reauthorize the STB and make needed changes to its powers with regards to rail oversight was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in December.

Agriculture Committee information can be accessed online at, while Transportation Committee information can be accessed at