Daily Harvest -- 5/13/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Horse slaughter issue likely to grab more congressional attention
- Legislation that would permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and prohibit the sale of horses to other countries for human consumption may get increased traction in Congress as a temporary ban on slaughter facilities ends.
Agri-Pulse: Collin Peterson gives his opinion on California egg law
- (Audio) What if California runs out of eggs? Peterson hopes residents get what they asked for.
National Journal: Technically It Isn't Pork, but It's Close
- From the so-called "Great Wall of Louisiana" to Everglades-related needs to port-deepening in Oregon, a once-familiar type of bragging fever has returned to lawmakers this week as they seek credit for projects contained in a House-Senate deal on an $8.2 billion water-infrastructure bill.
Tulsa World: Drought could make Oklahoma wheat harvest worst in decades
- Oklahoma wheat farmers are expecting the worst harvest in decades as drought and heat continue to wither the crop.
Reuters: How 'Big Corn' lost the ethanol battle to Philadelphia refiners
- Six months ago the U.S. oil industry scored a surprise win against farm groups when the Obama administration proposed slashing the amount of ethanol refiners must blend into gasoline, a move that could save them billions of dollars.
The Hill: Senate scheduled to unveil transportation bill
- Senate leaders are planning to unveil their version of a bill to extend federal transportation funding beyond a scheduled September cut-off on Monday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Huffington Post: What Is A GMO? Genetically Modified Foods Continue To Confuse Consumers
- Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them.
Fox News: Frozen food group goes on offense as sales lag
- Frozen food makers plan to launch their first national TV ad in defense of their products on Tuesday as the category fights to boost slipping sales.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
AgWeek: Trade talks focus on problems
- In a shift from his predecessor, new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D- Ore., devoted more attention to problems with trade than to its benefits on May 1 when Trade Representative Michael Froman appeared before his committee to discuss the Obama administration’s trade agenda
Bloomberg: High-Speed Traders Need Oversight, Ex-CFTC Economist Says
- High-speed trading in U.S. futures markets is being dominated by a small number of firms that should be forced to register with regulators to ensure adequate oversight, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s former chief economist will tell lawmakers.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Farm Futures: A Legal Case that Could Destroy American Agriculture
- AFBF v. Environmental Protection Agency (United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Case No. 13-4079). Remember this case. Your future may depend on this case.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Chamber’s Chief: Without Immigration Bill, GOP Should Skip ’16 Presidential Race
- Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, predicted that Congress would pass immigration legislation this year and said Republicans shouldn’t bother to field a presidential candidate in 2016 if they don’t.
The Hill: When will Boehner turn to immigration?
- Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a pretty good idea of what immigration reform in the House is going to look like. He just doesn’t know when it’s going to happen.
CBS Detroit: Q &A: Debbie Stabenow On Divisive Politics, Detroit Plans
- Passing legislation in Congress is notoriously difficult today, but it’s “a whole lot more fun than spinning your wheels,” according to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Scientific American: Does Rice Farming Lead to Collectivist Thinking?
- Psychologists find that the agricultural region in China where people grew up predicted whether they have an individualistic or communal outlook.
ALJAZEERA America: Let’s embrace the end of food
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow offers wide-ranging perspective on farm bill passage and politics, in general.
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