Daily Harvest -- 1/20/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA RMA prepared to implement farm bill when it passes
- (Audio) Assuming Congress passes a farm bill, there are cuts in every title except the crop insurance program. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis said the department would be prepared to implement new programs, including shallow loss and STAX.
Agri-Pulse: Obama signs FY 2014 omnibus package into law, giving USDA slight increase
- President Obama signed into law today a $1 trillion omnibus spending package that will fund the federal government through fiscal year 2014, and provide a combined $350 million boost to USDA and FDA.
Agri-Pulse: USDA expands StrikeForce rural poverty program
- USDA has expanded its StrikeForce Initiative, which targets pockets of persistent poverty, into Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia.
State Journal-Register: U.S. House GOP leader in Springfield: Farm bill to have reforms
- U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Saturday that he expects a farm bill now being negotiated in Congress to include provisions requiring the able-bodied to seek work or perform public service to receive food stamps.
New York Times: Standstill on Farm Bill May Revive 1949 Rules
- Pressure is mounting on lawmakers working on a farm bill to come up with a deal before the end of the month, when the Agriculture Department is to begin enforcing a series of decades-old laws that could cause the price of milk and other agricultural products to double.
The Hill: Dairy farm lobbyists concede Boehner has killed proposal
- The willingness of the lobbyists to negotiate an alternative compromise solution bodes well for the farm bill coming to a vote before the end of January in the House.
FOOD & NUTRITION
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.
ABC News: GMO Labeling Debate Shifts to Olympia
- Months after Washington voters narrowly rejected an initiative requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods, lawmakers are reviving the GMO debate in Olympia.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: Republicans press for greater White House involvement on fast-track bill
- Senate Republicans criticized the Obama administration for not being more involved in an effort to build support for passage of trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: California governor declares state of emergency over drought
- Gov. Jerry Brown (D) declared a state of emergency today in California directing state officials to take necessary actions to combat serious drought conditions as farmers there are dealing with record low levels of rainfall.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Extreme Weather Wreaking Havoc on Food as Farmers Suffer
- Dry weather in the U.S. will cut beef output from the world’s biggest producer to the lowest level since 1994, following 2013’s bumper corn crop, which pushed America’s inventory up 30 percent. U.K. farmers couldn’t plant in muddy fields after the second-wettest year on record in 2012 dented the nation’s wheat production.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Roll Call: GOP to Huddle on Immigration at Retreat
- The annual House Republican retreat will feature an open session on an immigration rewrite, during which members will be allowed to freely speak about the contentious issue.
Agri-Pulse: UC Davis scientist receives Wolf Prize for wheat genomics research
- The Israel-based Wolf Foundation is honoring University of California, Davis, plant geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky with the 2014 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for his work in wheat genomics. He'll share the $100,000 prize with Leif Andersson from Uppsala University in Sweden.
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