Daily Harvest -- 9/25/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
New York Times: Time Short, House Says It Seeks a New Farm Bill
- House leaders on Tuesday said they were working with their Senate counterparts toward a new five-year farm bill, just days after the House pushed through a bill that would slash billions of dollars from the food stamp program.
Detroit Free Press: No action on farm bill could lead to shortages at grocery stores
- Michigan farmers, as well as public officials, are anxious as the deadline approaches for Congress to work out and approve a new farm bill.
Des Moines Register: Democratic campaign group hits Steve King on food stamp cuts
- The House Majority PAC, a political action group that supports Democrats in Congress, has a new web video slamming U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, over his vote to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps.
Washington Post: Hard Work
- Six months into his crusade to overhaul the food stamp program, Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) departed the Capitol to address his most wary audience yet: the people whose government benefits he hoped to curtail.
The Hill: Environmental, agriculture groups oppose Rep. King farm bill provision
- Organizations including the Humane Society of the U.S., the Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council and Organic Consumers Association want lawmakers to oppose the measure authored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), which they claim would leave Americans vulnerable to unsanitary food and dangerous chemicals.
Politico: Senate CR to strip Monsanto rider
- A controversial legislative rider added by Monsanto to the Agriculture Department budget last spring will no longer be effective after Sept. 30 under a draft stopgap government funding bill being drafted by Senate Democrats.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Meat, livestock groups appeal rejection of COOL injunction
- Nine national or regional meat and livestock organizations from the United States, Canada and Mexico have appealed the decision by U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to deny their request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of USDA's May 2013 final rule on country-of-origin labeling (COOL).
Agri-Pulse: Smithfield shareholders approve deal with Chinese firm
- Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today that its company shareholders voted in a strong majority to approve its proposed sales to China's Shuanghui International Holdings Limited.
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture coalition says CFTC proposal will harm futures market
- National farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations asked Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioners to change proposed rules regarding futures market customer protections.
Agri-Pulse: Stabenow asks CFTC to review RIN market
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, today asked the Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) to review recent allegations about possible manipulation of the markets for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).
Agri-Pulse: USDA opens Australian market to U.S. stone fruits
- The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) yesterday announced that peaches and nectarines from California and the Pacific Northwest (PNW) are now allowed entry into all Australian States.
Reuters: Thailand may need fresh funds to keep rice scheme going
- Thailand may need to raise new funds for a rice buying scheme in the crop year from October as it has fallen behind schedule in repaying the state bank that runs the scheme, bank officials say, showing the government's failure to sell down stockpiles.
Wall Street Journal: In Canada-EU Trade Talks, There’s “Definitely Progress” on Beef
- Canada and the European Union have made progress on Ottawa’s demands for greater access for beef and pork exports to the EU, marking a step forward in one of the thorniest issues holding back a free-trade agreement that’s been years in the making, according to people familiar with the plan.
Financial Times: Currency manipulation should be part of trade talks, Senators say
- A bipartisan majority of the US Senate demanded that US President Barack Obama address “currency manipulation” in trade negotiations with 12 Pacific nations, throwing up a potential roadblock as the talks approach their final stages.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. May Be on Rise Again, Estimates Say
- About 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally, a population that has not varied much over the last three years but may recently be increasing again, according to new estimates published Monday by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project.
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