Daily Harvest -- 10/2/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: New FAPRI report compares Senate, House farm bills
- (Subscriber only) A new farm bill analysis by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU) provides one of the first in-depth looks at how the House and Senate versions of their respective commodity titles compare.
Agri-Pulse: Congress may get WRRDA bill passed yet
- (Audio) The House will vote soon on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act passed out of the Transportation Committee last month. The committee chairman believes once that happens the House will be able to quickly conference the bill with the Senate.
The Hill: Reid requests conference with House on agriculture bills
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) requested a conference committee with the House to resolve differences between the chambers’ farm bills. On Tuesday, Reid named seven Democratic conferees and five Republicans, all of who serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Des Moines Register: Farm bill expires today; frustration persists
- The expiration of the farm bill today has been met without much fanfare by many in rural America, as farmers and ranchers grow immune to the inability of Congress to craft a new law.
Reuters: U.S. farm law expires again with lawmakers split on new bill
- Analysts say Congress is more likely to revive the farm law for another year or two, the path it took when the law expired a year ago, than agree on a new bill.
Roll Call: Shutdown Obscures Congressional Inaction
- The government shutdown that began Tuesday morning has overshadowed Congress’ dysfunction and inaction on several other major issues, including farm programs that expired Monday along with funding for the federal government.
LA Times: E-Verify, other government sites go dark amid government shutdown
- E-Verify was just one of many agencies and programs that shut down their websites and put much of their staff on furlough while a budget impasse continues in Washington.
New York Times: Keep Farmland for Farmers
- In this op-ed from the New York Times, the writers say the Vermont Land Trust and the State of Massachusetts are keeping farmland in the hands of farmers through stricter conservation easements that limit who can own it, which keeps farms affordable and deters farm sales to nonfarmers.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA withdraws approval for arsenic in poultry, pig feed
- (Subscriber only) The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it is withdrawing prior approval for a number of arsenic-containing compounds that once were used as additives in feed for chickens, turkeys and hogs.
Agri-Pulse: Policies aimed at increasing farm productivity needed to address global hunger
- Global hunger is on the decline, but roughly one in eight people, or 842 million still suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, according to a report released today.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: UN finds 1 out of 8 of the world's people suffered chronic hunger from 2011-2013
- Three U.N. food agencies say in a new report released Tuesday that about 842 million people did not get enough food in the 2011 to 2013 period.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
European Parliament: New farm policy clears key hurdle: Agriculture MEPs endorse CAP reform deal
- Legislation for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was endorsed by the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday, following last week's informal agreement in talks between Parliament, the Council and the Commission.
Wall Street Journal: CME Warns Shutdown May Disrupt Livestock Futures Contracts
- CME Group Inc., the world's biggest futures-exchange operator, said that a prolonged U.S. government shutdown could interrupt or delay settlement prices for certain livestock futures contracts.
Kansas City Star: Brazil’s indigenous stage protests to demand lands
- In the capital of Brasilia, 500 people set up camp in front of Congress to oppose a constitutional change that would let lawmakers participate in the demarcation of territories.
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