Daily Harvest -- 8/21/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Groups can intervene in COOL lawsuit, U.S. district court says
- The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order Aug. 20 granting a motion by several organizations to intervene in a pending country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) lawsuit, which seeks to block implementation of a USDA mandatory meat labeling rule.
The Hill: King amendment: The Farm’s Bill golden egg
- Rick Berman, executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, writes that “the kerfuffle over King’s amendment comes from a 2008 California ballot campaign pushed by the vegan Humane Society of the United States.”
Agri-Pulse: Oil industry requests RFS waiver
- (Audio) Last week the oil industry filed for a partial waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, requesting that total ethanol requirements be dropped below 10 percent.
Dickinson Press: Farm Bureau head: Keep nutrition in farm bill
- American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says a nutrition program should be part of the new farm bill. He spoke to about 40 people under a tent on the first day of the Dakotafest agricultural trade show Tuesday.
The Hill: Republican looks to enforce limits on welfare payments after five years
- Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) says he will introduce legislation next month that would block states from providing federal welfare benefits to people beyond the current five-year limit on those benefits.
Washington Post: Steve King’s inhumane farm bill measure
- Columnist Kathleen Parker writes that despite strong opposition from animal rights groups as well as nearly 200 fellow House and Senate members, King has invoked the Commerce Clause to defend his amendment.
FOOD & NUTRITION
News Observer: NH, Vt. farmers protest proposed food safety rules
- Farmers from New Hampshire and Vermont told federal officials Tuesday that sweeping food safety rules of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act could sweep them out of business.
Bloomberg: Farm fields turn dry in central, eastern Minn.
- Cornfields and pastures are drying out across parts of central and eastern Minnesota, leading some cattle producers to thin out their herds.
New York Times: Tacking Health Care Costs Onto California Farm Produce
- Farm labor contractors across California, the nation’s biggest agricultural engine, are increasingly nervous about a provision of the Affordable Care Act that will require hundreds of thousands of field workers to be covered by health insurance.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Forbes: TPP Or No TPP Japanese Agriculture Must Be Reformed
- The TPP Committee of the Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) adopted a resolution that, if five products–rice, wheat, beef and pork, dairy products, and sweetening resources (e.g. sugar cane and beets)–cannot be exempted from tariff elimination, Japan should withdraw from the talks.
Wall Street Journal: Thai Government’s Tough Job: Selling Rice
- The Thai government’s push to sell its stockpiled rice has been met with tepid sales, highlighting the challenge it faces in reducing its stored rice to help pay for a costly subsidy program.
Forbes: On Africa: The Value Addition Imperative In Agriculture
- Local agricultural processing is vital as Africa’s food imports continue to rise – but not all commodities are well suited to domestic value addition
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Hill: GOP says Obama ignoring local input on Endangered Species Act coverage
- Two House Republicans say the Obama administration is willfully ignoring local opinions on whether and how to expand coverage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and are calling for field hearings in Montana and North Dakota to ensure these opinions are heard.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Bob Goodlatte rejects 'special' citizenship path
- Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia told a town hall meeting in the Shenandoah Valley on Monday that the House must chart its own course on immigration even if it never results in a bill President Barack Obama can sign.
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