Daily Harvest -- 10/4/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Shutdown halts animal vaccine releases
- (Subscriber only) The partial federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1 includes a branch of USDA that may impact livestock vaccine availability, according industry members and the Animal Health Institute (AHI).
Agri-Pulse: Senators to form Chicken Caucus
- Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., today announced the formation of the inaugural Senate Chicken Caucus in the U.S. Senate. Senator Coons made the announcement during a speech delivered at the National Chicken Council's 59th Annual Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Washington Post: Poor moms fear loss of WIC program’s subsidized infant formula if government shutdown drags on
- Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. His mother, like millions of other poor women, relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for infant formula — aid that is now jeopardized by the government shutdown.
The Hill: USDA turns off entire website, claiming shutdown woes
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has turned off its entire website in response to the government shutdown, leaving farmers, reporters and others with no way to access any of the agency's information online.
Financial Times: US shutdown stymies pig trading
- The partial US government shutdown has left the $97bn domestic pig market groping in the dark after crucial price information stopped flowing from Washington.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Grocery shoppers facing slightly higher prices, AFBF says
- Shoppers at grocery stores are facing slightly higher prices compared to the first half of 2013, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) Semi-Annual Marketbasket survey.
Agri-Pulse: FAO: World cereal production to jump 8 percent this year
- The outlook for global cereal supply in the 2013/14 marketing season remains generally favorable despite downward adjustments to forecasts for world cereal production and closing stocks, according to the latest issue of FAO's quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
Politico: Why the agriculture industry hates Chipotle
- The company’s indifference has been on display in recent days as it stands by its latest viral Web video, which portrays the industry as rampant with animal mistreatment and questionable production practices — all set to the haunting cover of “Pure Imagination” sung by Grammy-winner Fiona Apple.
Center for Investigative Reporting: School meals face rules on fat, meat, veggies – but no limits on sugar
- As Congress faces increased scrutiny over subsidies to the sugar industry, nutritionists and anti-obesity crusaders are focusing on the amount of sugar in school meals – and asking whether regulations governing school lunches deliberately exclude limits on sugar to favor a powerful industry.
Bloomberg: World Food Prices Drop to Lowest in Three Years on Grain Slide
- World food prices fell for a fifth month in September to the lowest level in three years, with grain prices sliding as production of corn and rice is expected to exceed demand.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: DeLauro says TPP threatens food safety
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Ct., said approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership would threaten food safety in the United States during a call with media hosted by Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch today.
Washington Post: As White House pushes trade deal abroad, opposition starts to take shape at home
- Nearing possible completion of what would be the most ambitious free-trade agreement in a generation, the Obama administration is facing a difficult sales job at home as key industries and unions grow cautious, domestic manufacturers move to protect their markets, and trade skeptics amp up their opposition.
USA Today: Obama cancels Asia trip because of shutdown
- President Obama has cancelled a trip to Asia that was set to begin this weekend, because of the ongoing government shutdown in Washington, the White House announced late Thursday.
Wall Street Journal: Brazil Initiates New Study on Possible Trade Retaliation Against U.S.
- Brazil's government has created a special task force to study possible trade retaliation against the U.S. over a lingering dispute involving American subsidies to cotton growers, the country's National Trade Council said Thursday.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Trade Envoy Upbeat on Asia Talks
- Talks are progressing for a massive new free-trade agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific economies, including the U.S. and Japan, but a meeting in Indonesia this weekend won't lead to a conclusion of the deal, the top U.S. negotiator said on Friday.
Wall Street Journal: Gensler to Step Down as CFTC Chairman
- After nearly five years on the job, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler plans to leave the agency by the end of the year, a person familiar with the matter said.
Washington Post: Glowing plant project on Kickstarter sparks debate about regulation of DNA modification
- Hunkered down in a converted shipping container stationed in a San Francisco parking lot, three young entrepreneurs are tinkering with the DNA of ordinary plants in the hopes of being able to mass produce a variety that glows in the dark.
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