Daily Harvest -- 10/7/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Government shutdown drags on
- Lawmakers will continue to work to end the one-week shutdown of the federal government, which has left the USDA and many agencies nearly abandoned.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Right Honorable Ambassador Mike Moore
- Moore serves the New Zealand government from the embassy in Washington, D.C. Amb. Moore is astute and colorful in his observations of world trade and describes the ups and downs of New Zealand's agriculture. He also speculates on the prospects for the Trans Pacific Partnership talks and further trade agreements with Europe.
Agri-Pulse: More ag impacts of government shutdown
- (Audio) Heading into the second week of the government shutdown, Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other industry representatives say limited services are causing uncertainty for the marketplace.
Agri-Pulse: Price loss coverage program would skew crop production, ASA says
- A recent Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) study found that the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program in the House-passed farm bill, which would tie target prices to farmers' current-year planting decisions, would skew crop production, according to the American Soybean Association (ASA).
Agri-Pulse: AVMA says shutdown jeopardizes food safety
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) became vocal about the federal government shutdown today when it asked Congress to find a compromise “so that our nation's federal employees who promote the health and welfare of animals, guard the country against disease outbreaks and ensure food safety can get back to work.”
National Journal: Farm Bill Could Benefit From Shutdown Crisis
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week proposed officially what many agricultural lawmakers and lobbyists have been expecting for a couple of years: The farm bill could be included in a much larger budget package.
The Columbus Dispatch: Government impasse could have big impact on farming
- Dozens of programs that create jobs, invest in the next generation of farmers and protect the environment lost their federal funding when farming legislation expired at midnight on Monday. The most-profound effects could be years away, when new businesses, products or farming innovations fail to come to market for lack of funding.
USA Today: Hidden spending measures playing chicken with shutdown
- Temporary spending bills approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate include measures that would require the Obama administration to rescind strict new rules on the poultry industry.
The Hill: House bill would end shutdown for FDA
- The House will vote in the coming days to fund the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the duration of the government shutdown.
Wall Street Journal: Were Food Inspections Really Stopped by the Shutdown?
- Consumer safety advocates are sounding the alarm now that fewer government officials are at work to inspect food in light of the shutdown. But in reality, the government wasn’t doing much of that in the first place.
Chicago Tribune: Crop politics
- Because of government policies that promote turning corn into ethanol fuel for cars, farmers have taken to planting as much corn as possible, according to this Chicago Tribune editorial.
Kansas City Star: Shutdown spawns vacuum in farm market information
- When Tim Peterson finished planting his 900 acres of winter wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions without being able to access to vital agricultural reports, casualties of the federal government shutdown.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Most Americans know about nutrition, but fall short of actual needs, survey says
- While 79 percent of Americans say they are at least somewhat knowledgeable about nutrition, several gaps exist between their “perception of the adequacy of their diets and reality,” according to a report released Oct. 3 by the International Food Information Council (IFIC).
INFORUM: Red River Valley faces challenges on supply side and demand side of suger
- Here’s a trend that sounds a sour note for the area sugar industry: Per-capita consumption of sugar and sweeteners has dropped 13.2 percent since peaking in 1999.
Politico: The next front in the food stamp war
- Regulators are preparing to zero in on a group that they see as being a regular culprit: Small retailers that often don’t provide the kind of fresh and nutritious food that the Obama administration would like to see more people eat, government officials and documents reveal.
Kansas City Star: Big money shapes GMO food labeling fight in Wash.
- The debate over labeling genetically modified foods has shaped up to be one of the costliest initiative fights ever in Washington state, with most of the dollars coming from out of state.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Trade and Science
- The trade discussions under way have the potential of boosting America's economic future to a degree we can barely imagine, says Marshall Matz says in this opinion column.
Wall Street Journal: More Trans-Pacific Trade Talks Needed to Reach Year-End Deal Goal
- Japan's economy minister said Sunday that talks to form a sweeping 12-nation Pacific Rim trade partnership will require at least one more round of ministerial meetings to keep an ambitious target of a year-end deal.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Renewable energy finally comes to the farm, but its government help is in doubt
- Across rural America, thousands of farms and small businesses are turning to renewable energy to cut costs and boost their often uncertain bottom lines, increasingly with the help of a decade-old federal program that aimed to hasten change in a part of the economy that had been slow to embrace it — yet where the electric bill can mean the difference between hiring a worker or laying one off.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Immigration a ‘priority’ for this year
- A top House Republican says in an upcoming interview that the chamber will take up immigration reform in 2013, insisting that “there’s still time” for a comprehensive rewrite despite the rapidly dwindling time left on this year’s calendar.
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