House Ag Committee Holds FTX Hearing

On May 12th, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing on “Changing Market Roles: The FTX Proposal and Trends in New Clearinghouse Models.” Committee Chairman David Scott (D-GA) said that he had serious concerns about the risks the FTX proposal would pose to derivatives markets’ primary functions of price discovery and risk hedging. Several members on both sides of the aisle voiced concerns that FTX’s proposal would lead to either FTX or other exchanges offering a similar model for traditional ag commodities such as cotton which would be problematic for commercial hedges. CME Group CEO Terry Duffy said that, if the Commodity Futures Trading Committee (CFTC) approves this proposal for FTX, he will have no choice but to begin offering similar lower-cost products with less risk controls for traditional markets to remain competitive. Duffy said that the CFTC should approach this issue through a CFTC rulemaking process, not through the approval of a single proposal.

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More Advocacy Issues

On September 14th, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing titled, “The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Trade.” There were four witnesses, including Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening. Summary here.

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ACSA would like to thank Betsy Olim, host of Export Stories Podcast, for dedicating an episode on cotton. The episode focuses on current challenges faced by the cotton industry and ACSA’s advocacy efforts to increase efficiency and security for our supply chain.  Podcast here.

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On August 3rd, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act of 2022 to give the Commodity Futures Trading Commission new tools and authorities to regulate digital commodities.  Summary here.

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On June 20th, the House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing entitled “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Stakeholder Perspectives on Title XI Crop Insurance.”  Summary here.

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On June 17th, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing in Committee Ranking Member John Boozman’s home state of Arkansas entitled, “2023 Farm Bill: Perspectives from the Natural State.” ACSA would like to thank American Cotton Producers (ACP) Chairman Nathan Reed for sharing his perspectives on important topics going into the next Farm Bill, including […]

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House Ag Discusses Climate

June 15th, 2022

On June 15th, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled “The Role of Climate Research in Supporting Ag Resiliency.” Please see link below for key takeaways provided by Delta Strategy Group. Takeaways here.

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