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Daily Harvest -- 9/30/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Congress pushes to avoid shutdown
Link - A shutdown would not directly affect the core mission of USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) as inspectors would remain on the job, but the workload within other FSIS support functions, such as administrative appeals and labeling, could be impacted.

Agri-Pulse: House moves closer to farm bill conference
Link - The House took a step today toward a conference on the farm bill by approving legislation (H. Res. 361) that couples its nutrition bill with its farm bill.

Agri-Pulse: Shutdown looms as House sends bill back to Senate
Link - A possible shutdown of the federal government moved closer to reality early Sunday morning as the House sent legislation (H.J.Res.59) back to the Senate, containing a one-year delay of implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with James Collins
Link - James C. Collins, Jr. is senior vice president, Industrial Biosciences, Performance Polymers and Packaging & Industrial Polymers businesses. He will testify this week before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the Renewable Fuel Standard and its applicability to advanced biofuel development.

Reuters: As Washington debates, some U.S. states proceed with food stamps cuts
Link - As Congress and the White House debate proposed cuts in the federal food stamps program, Kansas and Oklahoma are going ahead with reductions that could leave thousands of people without subsidies for food if they do not find work, or sign up for job training.

San Francisco Chronicle: Bills a bonus for food stamp users, farmers
Link - The House and Senate farm bills before Congress would, for the first time, open a trickle of funding for a program that doubles food stamp benefits that are spent on fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets.

Reuters: Analysis: U.S. farm bill, a year overdue, still rolling on slow track
Link - The new U.S. farm bill, already a year behind schedule, is on the congressional equivalent of a slow freight train - rolling from acrimony to limbo with a layover in stalemate. And Washington's disputes over the federal budget and national debt could mean further delays.


Minneapolis Star Tribune: USDA: Small number of schools drop out of federal lunch program due to healthier requirements
Link - The Agriculture Department says 524 schools — out of about 100,000 — have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.

Washington Post: Some food aid funneled through states will continue if the government shuts down
Link - In a document outlining its contingency plan for a potential shutdown next week, USDA said funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — formerly known as food stamps — will continue in October under authority granted by the 2009 stimulus bill.


Wall Street Journal: Report on Cargill Fuels Colombia Land Controversy
Link - U.S. food giant Cargill Inc. acquired 30 times more Colombian land than legal restrictions allow, claimed Oxfam International, the latest allegation amid legislators' questioning of land purchases by large corporations operating in the South American country.

Wall Street Journal: Thai Corn Farmers Join Clamor for Hand-Outs
Link - Since introducing a multi-billion dollar subsidy for the country’s rice farmers in 2011, the country has seen a plethora of other special interest groups demand handouts of their own.


Politico: White House preps fall immigration push
Link - The White House is getting ready to launch a major fall blitz for immigration reform — this time, one that appears to be more about partisanship than partnership with Republicans.


Agri-Pulse: Hogs and pigs report higher than expected
Link - (Audio) USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report out on Friday showed relatively modest gains that were still higher than expected.

Agri-Pulse: Meet the Freshman: Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma
Link - Oklahoma's 2nd District Congressman Markwayne Mullin, (R) discusses his priorities in Congress and for America’s farmers and ranchers in this Agri-Pulse "Meet the Freshman" interview.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Easing corn prices give relief to the ethanol industry
Link - The bottom line improved for many ethanol producers in the last quarter, and industry experts say the outlook is good as a new corn crop is harvested.

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