Daily Harvest -- 9/3/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups continue to hope for new farm bill soon
- (Audio) Congress has another week of recess before coming back for nine days of work before the expiration of the farm bill on September 30. Agricultural group leaders are optimistic that a pending deadline will force Congress to take some action.
The Plainsman: South Dakotans rally for a new federal farm bill: Groups say it impacts every American
- Led by South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke, members of the coalition took to the State Fair’s Freedom Stage on Saturday to continue a farm bill rally they began in August.
The Oregonian: Gridlock in Congress keeps food stamp funding higher in Oregon
- Food stamp programs in Oregon and across the nation continue to be saved from billions of dollars in budget cuts and other major changes by an unlikely savior: Congressional gridlock.
The Arizona Republic: Over $600,000 seized in Phoenix food-stamp fraud probe
- Phoenix police arrested three people and seized more than $600,000 in cash in connection with a fraudulent food-stamp operation at a Phoenix convenience store, authorities said.
Clinton Herald: Vilsack urges end to farm bill standstill
- The U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 were given one year to come to an agreement on a long-term farm bill. They’re not getting another, said United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Wall Street Journal: California's Union-Sponsored War on Farmers
- 'At what point do you look at this picture and ask, 'Why are you fighting anymore?'" muses Dan Gerawan, whose third-generation family farm in Fresno, Calif., has been under assault by California's labor-regulatory complex.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Seattle Times: Source of GMO wheat in Oregon still a mystery
- Oregon farmers are moving ahead with plans to start planting their next crop as questions remain about the source of a patch of genetically modified wheat found in a farmer’s field there last spring that threatened trade between the Pacific Northwest and other countries.
San Jose Mercury News: Food Fight: Bay Area courts center of legal battle against food industry
- Dozens of class-action lawsuits have piled up on the plates of Northern California's federal judges targeting the food industry for misleading the public in labeling on everything from yogurt to potato chips -- fueled by hungry lawyers and consumers with heartburn from browsing the grocery aisles.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: India Approves Landmark Food Subsidies
- The Indian Parliament's upper house passed a landmark food-subsidy law on Monday night, a week after it passed the lower house, clearing the way for the ruling Congress party to roll out the initiative, a cornerstone of its policy agenda.
Business Recorder: China says to gradually increase corn imports
- China's Agriculture Minister said the world's second-largest corn consumer will gradually boost imports of the grain to meet growing demand.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
BBC: Climate change 'driving spread of crop pests'
- Researchers from the universities of Exeter and Oxford have found crop pests are moving at an average of two miles (3km) a year. The team said they were heading towards the north and south poles, and were establishing in areas that were once too cold for them to live in.
The Buffalo News: COLONIES COLLAPSING: Many factors linked to dramatic disappearance of honeybees
- A new federal report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Minneapolis Star Tribune: 'Special' path to citizenship shaping up as obstacle that's blocking an immigration deal
- As Congress wrestles with immigration legislation, a central question is whether the 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally should get a path to citizenship.
Scientific American: Time to stop fighting GMO labeling?
- There are data showing that how a food is labeled–organic, for instance–influences people’s readiness to eat it. The halo effect. Or, in the case of food based on GMOs, the reverse halo effect. Which is why there has been so much resistance to labeling.
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