Daily Harvest -- 10/11/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Naming of House farm bill conferees nearing, Peterson says
- While House leadership is not expected to announce conferees for the farm bill until after the debt ceiling issue is resolved, House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Thursday the list will contain 12 Republicans and nine Democrats.
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture groups ask House lawmakers to oppose crop insurance means testing
- In an effort to preempt proposals that would place restrictions on federal crop insurance, a coalition of 47 agricultural groups sent a letter to House leaders asking them to oppose any adjusted gross income (AGI) means testing provisions for the program.
Daily Yonder: Lapsed Farm Bill Leaves S.D. in Limbo
- South Dakota cattle ranchers who lost tens of thousands of head of cattle in last week’s blizzard are ineligible for federal assistance because the program that previously protected livestock owners expired with the farm bill two years ago.
Financial Times: US eyes cutting ethanol usage
- The White House is considering a plan to require 15.21bn gallons of ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into motor fuels next year, well below the 18.15bn mandate dictated by Congress.
The Hill: Refiners, in meeting, press White House to back off biofuels mandate
- Lobbyists met with White House aides Sept. 26 to press their case on the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming rule that would lay out how much ethanol and other biofuels refiners must blend into motor fuels in 2014.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Statesman Journal: Kitzhaber stands by plan for Oregon to regulate genetically modified crops
- Environmental groups say they’ll hold Gov. John Kitzhaber to promises he made during last week’s debate about who should regulate genetically modified crops.
Washington Post: USDA says California poultry plants linked to salmonella outbreak in chicken can stay open
- The Agriculture Department says three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak in raw chicken can stay open, for now.
The Hill: House Dems warn of food safety ‘catastrophe’
- Two liberal House Democrats are warning that a recent salmonella outbreak is a sign of a coming “catastrophe” that could make some food-borne illnesses nearly impossible to prevent.
LA Times: Poultry plants linked to outbreak won't be closed
- Considered among the industry's leading producers with state-of-the-art facilities, Foster Farms is an example of how salmonella has become an increasingly potent threat to consumer safety.
Reuters: Del Monte Pacific buys U.S. canned food business for $1.7 bln
- Singapore-listed Del Monte Pacific Ltd will buy the canned food business of private equity-backed Del Monte Foods Consumer Products Inc for $1.7 billion, gaining a direct presence in the key U.S. market and reuniting a substantial portion of the Del Monte brand family.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Economist: Sacred cows, rice and the rest of them
- That Japan would consider lowering or eliminating import tariffs on some of the five “sacred” farm products, he said this week, was unacceptable. It was as if the country were dropping its knickers, he added, before it was even asked.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: ND farmer finds large oil spill while out harvesting wheat; state waits 12 days to disclose it
- What Jensen had found on Sept. 29 turned out it was one of the largest spills recorded in the state. At 20,600 barrels it was four times the size of a pipeline rupture in late March that forced the evacuation of more than 20 homes in Arkansas.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Polls: Immigration reform could aid GOP
- A trio of polls in key GOP-held House districts being released Thursday show that voters overwhelmingly back immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, and suggest the Republican Party would improve its image in these predominantly Latino areas if Congress passes a rewrite of U.S. immigration laws.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Nation's corn harvest in many states exceeding expectations; farmers credit rain, cool temps
- The best crops in the U.S. are in areas that received adequate rain combined with cooler temperatures at the time corn pollinated. Record harvests are likely this year in many states, including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Ohio.
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