Daily Harvest -- 9/27/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senate set to approve bill to avoid government shutdown
- The Senate is expected Friday to approve legislation (H.J.Res.59) aimed at avoiding an Oct. 1 federal government shutdown and keeping departments, including USDA and FDA, funded at FY 2013 levels until mid-November.
Politico: Farm Bill advances in House
- House Republicans took the first steps late Thursday toward a formal Farm Bill conference with the Senate, as the Rules Committee cleared the way the way for a floor vote Friday that would marry up the separate titles approved in July and then last week.
Wall Street Journal: USDA Trades Sugar for Import Credits
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture exchanged all of its remaining sugar inventory for credits that would have allowed refiners to bring more of the sweetener into the country.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Decoding the Secret Language of Food Expiration Dates
- But there’s a good chance many aged food remains totally safe to eat, according to a new report (PDF) that blames the flawed food-dating system for tons of perfectly edible food getting wasted each year.
Food Safety News: Jensen Brothers Charged With Six Federal Counts in Cantaloupe Case: Plead Not Guilty
- According to the six-count Information filed under restriction on September 24, 2013, as well as other court records, Eric and Ryan Jensen allegedly introduced adulterated cantaloupe into interstate commerce.
Bloomberg: Chicken Processed in China Triggers U.S. Food Safety Protests
- Food-safety advocates are raising alarms over a decision by the Obama administration to permit chicken processed in China to be sold in the U.S. even after several high-profile incidents of food contamination.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Value doubles for U.S. agricultural exports, report says
- (Subscriber only) The value of U.S. agricultural exports has doubled over the past decade and growth in developing countries is expected to further increase demand for exports, according to a report released Thursday by the Joint Economic Committee.
Agri-Pulse: United States and Japan make organic trade deal
- The United States and Japan today announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.
The Economist: Agriculture v industry: Leave well alone
- Brazil’s agriculture has benefited from government neglect while its car industry has had too much attention.
Wall Street Journal: Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal Risks Getting Derailed by Election Cycles
- Now, as negotiators prepare to embark on a second round of negotiations in Brussels on Oct. 7, reality is setting in: It is going to be tough. One reason is the choreography between political cycles on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Hill: Froman keeps eye on Asia-Pacific deal completion
- The nation's top U.S. trade official said Thursday that world leaders will work toward closing out the remaining issues of an Asia-Pacific trade deal during leadership meetings next week in Indonesia.
Wall Street Journal: Canada Cattle Producers Feeling the Heat from COOL
- Canadian cattle producers have started to feel the pinch from a contentious U.S. meat-labeling rule which is scheduled to be enforced in November.
Wall Street Journal: Shuanghui to Boost Smithfield Exports as First Priority
- Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. intends to quickly ramp up pork exports from the U.S. as its top priority after Thursday's closing of its $4.7 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc., senior executives said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters
- At least 21 states closed lakefront beaches and issued public health advisories as a result of toxic algae between May and September; last year 20 states took similar actions.
The Economist: Water and agriculture in Kansas: Sip it slowly
- Kansas now has an unusually detailed portrait of groundwater use and its implications for future farm production, thanks to research by academics at Kansas State University (KSU).
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Minneapolis Star Tribune: With harvests in full swing, farmers in Calif. and elsewhere can't find, retain enough workers
- With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.
USA Today: House could determine fate of immigration overhaul
- Efforts for an immigration overhaul are on the verge of failing if the House does not act by the end of the year, activists on both sides of the issue agree.
Detroit Free Press: Detroit to study urban animal farming
- A Detroit City Council committee thinks it’s time to consider allowing urban animal farming, which could lead to sheep mowing parts of the city.
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