Daily Harvest -- 1/14/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Economist sees bumpy years ahead for U.S. agriculture
- “The last six years have been extraordinary years if you are a row crop producer,'' Matthew Roberts told a workshop Monday at the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention in San Antonio. But prices have fallen and “the next six years will not be like that,” he said.
Agri-Pulse: Boehner to hold steady on dairy position, Conaway says
- Although House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will not budge on his position on dairy policy, top Republican farm bill conferees are hopeful that a conference report could be signed this week, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas., said Monday night.
Agri-Pulse: Congressional appropriators release $1 trillion FY 2014 package
- Senate and House negotiators announced last night the introduction of a $1 trillion fiscal year 2014 consolidated appropriations package that would fund 12 federal departments, including the Agriculture Department.
Agri-Pulse: Miller joins growing list of outgoing House Democrats
- Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., announced today that he will not seek a 21st term in November - adding to a growing list of House Democrats that have decided against running for re-election.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack says USDA is preparing to implement a new farm bill
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is organizing USDA to be prepared to implement the provisions of a new farm bill as soon as the legislation is passed.
Washington Post: Reid, Boehner face showdowns on unemployment benefits, farm bill
- This week, Congress is scheduled to tackle a series of pivotal bills that would reshape how the federal government helps unemployed Americans and what kind of aids it provides to the sprawling agriculture industry.
The Hill: Dairy farmers rejecting farm bill compromise
- Lawmakers are mulling a possible compromise to the dairy standoff that is holding up the farm bill, but dairy farmers aren't buying it.
Reuters: Monsanto critics denied U.S. Supreme Court hearing on seed patents
- The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto Co's biotech seed patents on Monday, dealing a blow to a group of organic farmers and other activists trying to stop the biotech company from suing farmers if their fields contain a few plants containing the company's genetically modified traits.
Des Moines Register: Biotech crop opponents slowing federal approval
- The opposition to biotech crops is slowing the approval by U.S. regulators of new genetically modified products that is hurting farmers, an official with a trade group representing seed manufacturers said Sunday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Defending GMOs big topic at AFBF annual meeting
- (Audio) Maintaining access to biotechnology for agriculture is a big topic for the American Farm Bureau Federation at the annual meeting in San Antonio this week. AFBF President Bob Stallman noted in his opening speech that activists are intents on promoting an anti-GMO agenda on various fronts.
Los Angeles: Most children get food and beverage marketing at school, study says
- Most students are exposed in school to efforts by food and beverage companies to sell food or gain brand loyalty, despite a decline in some kinds of commercial enterprises, including in soda machine contracts, researchers reported Monday.
Reuters: U.S. food makers to seek single federal standard for GMO labeling
- The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food companies, is preparing a petition to the chief U.S. food safety regulator and a push in Congress to require changes in oversight and labeling of new genetically modified foods, an association leader said Monday.
Bloomberg: Shivering Cattle Signal Higher McDonald’s Beef Cost: Commodities
- The deep freeze that swept across the U.S. last week, disrupting travel and boosting fuel use, is compounding stress on a shrinking domestic beef industry already struggling with high costs and weather shocks.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Philadelphia Inquirer: States taking the lead in immigration reform
- In what became the second-most interesting day Chris Christie had last week, the New Jersey governor on Tuesday held a ceremonial bill signing, flanked by young students, to herald the discount in-state college tuition program recently enacted for eligible undocumented immigrants.
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