Daily Harvest -- 10/10/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA allows some CVB employees back on the job to release vaccines
- (Subscriber only) As the federal government heads into “week two” of the shutdown, USDA changed course and decided that some Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) employees are now “essential” and will be allowed to return to work.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers increase push to end to direct payments
- Three lawmakers pressed Congress Wednesday to eliminate direct payments to farmers even if a long-term farm bill is not approved this year. “By any vehicle possible,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who held a press conference with Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to rail against the payments.
Agri-Pulse: Shutdown impacts for ethanol
- (Audio) The oil industry has filed another lawsuit against the EPA over the volume req of the RFS. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dineen discusses the lawsuit and the impact of the government shutdown on the ethanol industry.
Argus Leader: Cattle losses 'mounting up' West River; relief fund established
- Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday encouraged people to give to a relief fund for ranchers who have lost livestock. “With the government shutdown and no farm bill in place, we need South Dakotans to help their neighbors.”
NBC: Shutdown worsens historic blizzard that killed tens of thousands of South Dakota cattle
- As many as 75,000 cattle have perished since the storm slammed the western part of the state Thursday through Saturday with snowfall that set records for the entire month of October in just three days, state and industry officials said.
Politico: SCO: A West Texas farm bill tale
- The biggest wild card in the farm bill this fall could be an old-new idea from weathered West Texas with the nickname: SCO [Supplemental Coverage Option]. President George W. Bush, raised himself in Lubbock, included something like it in his administration’s alternative farm bill in 2007.
Politico: Shutdown impacting harvest season
- The week-old government shutdown is catching American agriculture and commodity markets at a tough time: harvest season. With local FSA offices closed, a routine transaction becomes a real problem — leaving farmers no way to deposit their checks even as they have other bills coming due.
Bloomberg: USDA Buyers Stuck in Limbo as Shutdown Hurts Housing
- USDA loans account for about 132,000 mortgages a year in areas designated by the agency as rural, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Associated Press: Anxiety as Stimulus Hike in Food Stamps Set to End
- A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.
Wall Street Journal: Tracking Foodborne Illnesses Hampered by Shutdown
- A salmonella outbreak from chicken is highlighting the risk that the partial government shutdown could make it harder to detect and track foodborne illnesses, government and private food-safety experts say.
LA Times: USDA may close 3 California poultry plants in salmonella outbreak
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to close three California poultry plants operated by Foster Farms blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened at least 278 people nationwide.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri.EU: EU farm subsidies cut by 4 percent this year
- Farmers that receive more than 2,000 euros a year in European subsidies will see their payments trimmed by 4 percent this year as a result of cuts to the European Union's long-term budget, a regulation published on Thursday showed.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Rep. King: Shutdown shouldn’t delay renewable fuel regulation
- A longtime backer of a government biofuel program doesn’t think the ongoing government shutdown will delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to write a new gasoline standard.
The Hill: Liberal Dem: EPA biofuel program ‘a flop'
- The federal requirement for gas refiners to mix biofuel in with conventional gasoline is a “flop,” according to Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and should be eliminated.
Washington Post: Maryland farmers express concern about fertilizer rules
- Eastern Shore farmers are expressing concerns about new rules relating to how they apply poultry manure to their crops. Maryland Department of Agriculture officials say the phosphorus management tool will be phased in for farms with a fertility index value of 150 or higher.
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