Daily Harvest -- 9/10/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Neil Young rocks for ethanol
- (Audio) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Young appeared at a press event Monday with the National Farmers Union. He said Americans don’t have freedom of choice when it comes to ethanol due to “Big Oil.”
Roll Call: Stabenow Won’t Back Another Farm Bill Extension
- Stabenow wants House Republican leaders to agree to take the farm bill to conference, even without an answer on what the House will do about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
New York Times: Farm Subsidies for Nonfarmers May Continue as Lawmakers Deadlock Again
- So with just a few weeks left before the end of the fiscal year, it appears that Congress may again either extend the current farm bill or let hundreds of farm programs expire. An extension means another year of farm subsidies.
LA Times: Cashing in on Uncle Sam's sweet tooth
- The editorial board writes that federal efforts to protect growers of sugar beets and sugar cane epitomize everything that's wrong with U.S. farm programs.
Bloomberg: Taxpayers Turn U.S. Farmers Into Fat Cats With Subsidies
- Federal crop insurance encourages farmers to gamble on risky plantings in a program that has been marred by fraud and that illustrates why government spending is so difficult to control.
Bloomberg: Targeting Ethanol Mandates Seen Hurting Cellulosic Growth
- Efforts to roll back rules that nurtured the corn-based ethanol industry threaten to stunt other promising biofuels, according to a developer working on one of the nation’s first commercial plants that won’t use the grain.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Politico: ‘Pink slime’ returns to school lunches in 4 more states
- New government data show schools in four more states have since put aside concerns and resumed buying the lean finely textured beef.
The Hill: Pressure mounts on USDA to scrap poultry inspection regs
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington-based nonprofit, is the latest public interest group to call on the agency to scrap a proposed rule that would cut federal personnel and shift inspection responsibilities to plant employees.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Soybean Futures Pull Back
- U.S. soybean and grain prices slid Monday, pressured by profit-taking as traders braced for a key government crop report later this week.
Wall Street Journal: CFTC Readies Vote on Speculation Rule
- Regulators are making a second run at a rule designed to limit speculation in commodity markets, a year after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's initial attempt was tossed out by a federal court.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Science, industry team up to help make dairy farms more environmentally friendly, profitable
- Scientists based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have started a slew of studies to determine how dairy farms can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They will look at what animals eat, how their waste is handled and the effects on soil, water and air.
The Hill: GOP report cites ‘culture of secrecy and evasion’ at EPA under Jackson
- Republican lawmakers on Monday issued a scathing report accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of flouting transparency regulations in pursuit of its policy goals.
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