Daily Harvest -- 10/1/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Congress fails to avoid government shutdown
- Congress failed to avoid a federal government shutdown early this morning largely because of the continuing dispute between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare
Agri-Pulse: On eve of farm bill expiration, USDA's Harden 'an eternal optimist'
- When the clock strikes midnight, it could be a one-two punch for the Department of Agriculture, with the expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill extension eclipsed only by an increasingly likely government shutdown.
Agri-Pulse: FSA makes sequester-based changes to 2013 crop loans
- USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced five percent reductions to commodity loan programs to accommodate the automatic funding reductions known as sequester.
Reuters: USDA will mostly "go dark" in case of federal shutdown
- The U.S. Agriculture Department will shut off its gusher of statistical reports in the event of a federal government shutdown, leaving traders and food producers in the dark about most activities in the world's largest farm exporter.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Loses $53.3 Million on Sugar Deal
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture bought sugar from domestic processors and sold it to ethanol makers at a loss of $53.3 million, the latest move by the agency to reduce domestic supplies.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Organizations, academia salute World Food Prize for biotechnology focus
- As opponents take pot shots at the highly-respected World Food Prize for recognizing scientists who have helped feed millions around the globe through advancements in biotechnology, a large group of farm, food and academic organizations is fighting back.
Reuters: After years of crop crises, U.S. harvest beckons new era of plenty...almost
- As harvest machines across the U.S. Midwest prepare to reap the nation's biggest corn crop in history, a sea change seems imminent, one that could transform the market.
New York Times: A Disease Cuts Corn Yields
- Known as Goss’s wilt, it has cut some farmers’ corn yields in half, and it is still spreading. This summer it reached Louisiana, farther south than it had ever been identified.
The Oregonian: Barilla pasta backlash grows, along with calls for boycott after executive's anti-gay comments
- What started as an off-hand comment by an executive of the Italian food company Barilla has turned into global controversy, with the pasta-maker facing calls for a boycott that grew over the weekend.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Trade and Science
- Marshall Matz of OFW Law writes that even before the deep reduction in trade barriers that the parlaying portends, the trans-Atlantic exchanges of goods and services approaches $1 trillion annually.
CBS: National Agriculture Groups Urge ADM to Move to St. Louis
- A week ago, the company announced its global headquarters is leaving Decatur, Illinois. Reportedly under consideration for the new home are Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Cotton producers concerned about honeybee and pesticide regulations
- (Audio) Agriculture industry representatives recently voiced concerns about the honeybee and pesticide registration issue in a meeting with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Protecting Prairies, Avoiding Trade Distortions
- Bruce Knight, Principal of Strategic Conservation Solutions, says for those who care about agricultural conservation and the environment, both problems lie in the House bill.
Wall Street Journal: Lower Farm Earnings Hold Back Incomes in Plain States
- Lower farm earnings were a drag on U.S. incomes in the second quarter of the year, hitting plains states particularly hard.
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