Daily Harvest -- 1/17/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Peterson: 'I have not agreed to anything' in dairy dealing
- Representative Collin Peterson, the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, is taking a step or two back from a report that he and House Speaker John Boehner were close to a compromise on a dairy provision that is holding up agreement on a long-term farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: What would permanent law really mean for dairy prices?
- (Audio) With dispute over dairy program holding farm bill hostage and Congress on leave again next week, the talk has now turned to extension or permanent law. Dairy policy expert Mary Ledman of the Daily Dairy Report explains what the threat of permanent law being implemented could really mean for dairy prices.
Agri-Pulse: Grassley says farm payment limits save more money
- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the most recent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that the payment-limit provisions he wants included in the farm bill would save $387 million over 10 years, or $210 million more than previous estimates.
Politico: Farm bill: Lawmakers cutting deals on farm bill
- From small Western towns to Holstein cows, deals are being cut this week to try to give the farm bill a fighting chance when Congress comes back from its mid-January recess.
Southwest Farm Press: Outlook: So the farm bill finally passes – then what?
- Producers are very likely to be given a commodity title safety net choice between the Senate’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and the House’s Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for each covered commodity on their operations.
ABC News: US Sen. Coburn to Resign After Current Session
- Sen. Tom Coburn has announced he will resign at the end of the current session of Congress, nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end.
Wall Street Journal: Farm Bill Negotiator: Dairy Impasse Is Mostly Resolved
- One of four lawmakers working to merge farm bills passed by the House and Senate, Mr. Peterson said the compromise proposal would not include a controversial “supply management” program fiercely opposed by Mr. Boehner.
The Hill: House eyes farm bill vote after recess
- House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said Thursday that farm bill negotiators are aiming to unveil the legislation next week and have it voted on during the last week of January, half of which is taken up by the Republican annual retreat.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Groups ask Obama to fulfill GMO labeling campaign promise
- Over 200 food, consumer and environmental groups today joined with four members of the House of Representatives to ask President Obama to fulfill a 2007 campaign promise to label genetically modified foods.
Agri-Pulse: USDA study shows improved American diet
- A report by USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) shows working-age Americans are eating more home-cooked meals, less fast food and consuming fewer calories overall.
Agri-Pulse: Restaurant industry sees record sales of $683.4 billion 2014
- Restaurant industry sales will jump 3.6 percent in 2014 to a record $683.4 billion, as the economy improves and consumers release some pent-up demand, according to a National Restaurant Association forecast.
Los Angeles Times: Fast food isn't making our kids fat. It's the rest of their diet.
- In a new study, researchers from the University of North Carolina led by nutrition professor Barry Popkin have found that even when they are not eating at fast-food restaurants, children who frequent them tend to eat food that would probably make many of them overweight or obese anyway.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: Free-trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership help the United States
- This country has been made more productive by broader international competition and more secure by broader international prosperity, writes the editorial board.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Snowpack indicates limited water supply as Western drought rolls on
- There's little relief ahead for the drought-weary U.S. West, according to a government agency's first water supply forecast of 2014.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: GOP Leaders Set to Embrace Legal Status for Immigrants
- House Republican leaders are preparing for the first time to endorse legal status for many of the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally, a step that could jump-start the moribund immigration debate.
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