Daily Harvest -- 9/20/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House approves bill to cut nearly $40 billion from SNAP
- The House approved Thursday a three-year nutrition bill (H.R. 3102), with a partisan 217-210 vote, that aims to cut about $40 billion over 10 years for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and provide various reforms to the program.
Agri-Pulse: Lucas, Peterson weigh in on House passage of nutrition bill
- (Audio) House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said it is a step toward his goal to get a five-year farm bill enacted this year. Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said the earlier passed farm programs bill would be able to be conferenced with the Senate on its own.
Agri-Pulse: House Committee approves water resources development bill
- The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee easily approved, by voice vote, its water resources development act legislation (H.R. 3080) Thursday.
National Review: Food (Stamps) for Thought
- Conservatives have suffered for years from the stereotype that they are heartless Scrooge McDucks more concerned with our money than other people’s lives. Yet in this case, conservatives make the taking of food from the mouths of the genuinely hungry a top priority.
Politico: House approves plan to cut food stamps
- By pushing the farm bill debate so far to the right, the majority leader risks making it impossible to reach a larger deal this fall with the Democratic Senate.
The Hill: GOP bill takes food from hungry children and struggling families
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., wrote an opinion piece, in which she asserts, “We have never before seen this kind of partisanship injected into a farm bill. What the House GOP is voting on will never become law, but it seriously jeopardizes the chances a farm bill will pass.”
National Journal: House Agriculture: Searching for the Future of Food
- For the House Agriculture Committee, the question is whether its difficult path is just one more case of House members stomping their feet and saying "No, no, no," or whether something fundamental has changed in the making of agricultural and nutrition policy. The answer may well be both.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Syngenta aims to boost global crop yields by 20 percent
- Agribusiness and NGO leaders gathered in Washington today to learn about Syngenta's seven-year plan to boost worldwide crop yields, a challenge that cannot be solved merely by applying the latest fertilizers or pesticides, said Syngenta's CEO Mike Mack.
Reuters: Make healthy food cool to kids, Michelle Obama asks TV executives
- First Lady Michelle Obama asked television and food company executives at a White House gathering on Wednesday to sell youngsters on healthy food with the pitch: "If anyone can make our kids eat their vegetables, it's all of you."
Wall Street Journal: The Story Behind That Fiona Apple Chipotle Ad
- Created by Academy Award-winning Moonbot Studios, the animated film entitled “The Scarecrow” features a straw hat wearing scarecrow rebelling against his job in big agriculture to start his own farm stand.
Salon: Chipotle’s self-serving deception: A “vegetarian” bait-and-switch
- It is either a deliberate endorsement of a plant-based diet or it is a deceptive attempt to appropriate the morality of vegetarianism and ascribe it to meat-based business.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: As U.S. Clears Chinese Pork Deal on Security, Economic Concerns Linger
- The powerful U.S. committee that reviewed and cleared the deal focuses almost exclusively on threats to U.S. national security, but some critics say the economic questions are thornier when it comes to major Chinese investments in the U.S.
Politico: President Obama speaks out on Trade Promotion Authority
- President Barack Obama on Thursday said he hoped to work with Republicans in Congress on a bipartisan bill supporting White House efforts to wrap up huge trade deals with 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and the 28 nations of the European Union.
Wall Street Journal: USDA Trades 56,711 Tons of Sugar for Import Credits
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture exchanged two-thirds of the sugar it received earlier this month after U.S. sugar processors defaulted on federal loans.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: House Judiciary chairman pledges action on immigration, says work happening behind the scenes
- The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday pledged action on immigration overhaul legislation even as most of the attention on Capitol Hill is focused on fights over the budget and debt.
Agri-Pulse: Rabobank report finds U.S. land values will level
- The era of extremely low interest rates and extraordinarily high commodity prices is drawing to a close, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group. As this trend nears an end, the prices of U.S. land values will level.
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