Daily Harvest -- 10/9/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: GAO report says Congress needs to tighten farm payment loopholes
- A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, today states that changes are needed to the eligibility requirements for being “actively involved” in farming.
Agri-Pulse: South Dakota storm creates livestock disaster
- (Audio) Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., spoke about the loss of livestock in her home state of South Dakota due to the recent storm. She said the lack of a comprehensive farm bill leaves these ranchers without protection.
Wall Street Journal: Ranchers Take a Hit as Blizzard Kills Thousands of Cattle
- South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch, citing estimates from industry groups, said as much as 5% of the state's 3.85 million cattle may have been killed, though he said the total death count may not be known until the spring.
Reuters: Record blizzard kills S. Dakota cattle, gov't shutdown will slow aid
- Disaster aid will be slow to come for South Dakota ranchers who lost as many as 60,000 head of cattle during an historic blizzard over the weekend, industry officials said on Tuesday.
Roll Call: Cranberry Growers Seek Visibility in Farm Bill, Dietary Guideline Debates
- Cranberry farmers turned part of Union Station into a bog Tuesday in a bid by a growers’ cooperative to draw congressional attention to the tart fruit.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Politico: The battle lines on food labeling
- The food and biotechnology industries are far from giving up in their battle against labeling requirements for food containing genetically modified organisms and, in fact, have several more arrows in their quill — including a bill to preempt all state laws.
Washington Post: CDC calls back experts on foodborne illnesses
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it had called back several data analysts and epidemiologists whose jobs are to track down and respond to foodborne illnesses across the country.
The Hill: Officials scramble to stop salmonella outbreak amid shutdown
- The Department of Agriculture is warning the public about a salmonella outbreak stemming from raw chicken at three facilities in California.
Kansas City Star: Farmer wants to protect growers from GMO seeds
- An Eastern Washington farmer says he has no idea how genetically engineered alfalfa started growing in his fields. Joseph Peila says the alfalfa seeds were planted in the fall of 2010, and genetically modified seeds were not even approved by the federal government until January 2011.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: CFTC should be allowed to use settlement funds to operate during shutdown, Chilton says
- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) should be allowed to use funds collected from settlements and fines to fund itself during the government shutdown, and Congress should increase violation fines, CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton is expected to say today in a prepared speech.
Agri-Pulse: TPP leaders say negotiations should be done this year
- The White House released a statement today from the leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations indicating they are on track to complete their talks.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups appeal Chesapeake Bay ruling
- Farm organizations and commodity groups decided to appeal a September 13 court decision, which upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's rights to work with six states in the 64,000 square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed to restrict nutrients and other pollutants.
The Hill: Industry sues EPA over Renewable Fuel Standard
- The American Petroleum Institute filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging Obama administration regulations requiring biofuel to be mixed with conventional gas.
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