Daily Harvest -- 10/14/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House rejects motions on sugar policy, permanent law, SNAP-but approves crop insurance AGI test
- The House today rejected two non-binding motions to instruct conferees on the farm bill dealing with sugar policy as well as permanent law and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Agri-Pulse: Boehner, Pelosi name House farm bill conferees
- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., today named conferees to the upcoming farm bill conference with the Senate.
Agri-Pulse: House Farm Bill Conferees ready to work
- (Audio) House farm bill conferees made official over the weekend. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., said agriculture is one of the bright spots of the economy, which is one reason it is crucial to pass the farm bill.
Reuters: Long-delayed U.S. farm bill heads for final round of work
- The final round of work on a long-delayed U.S. farm bill, drafting of a legislative compromise between the Senate and House of Representatives, looks about to get started.
Politico: House-Senate farm bill talks OK'd
- The House agreed Friday to begin formal talks with the Senate on a long-delayed farm bill — giving back the reins to Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to try to salvage some compromise after the often destructive, partisan floor fights of the past summer.
Reuters: EPA says nothing final on ethanol blend; industry group cries foul
- The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sought to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year, saying that no final decisions had been made about the contentious mandate.
Reuters: U.S. cotton farmers seek bank aid as government shutdown drags
- Suspension of some $3 billion worth of federal loans due to the U.S. government shutdown has forced cotton farmers to turn to commercial banks for aid, boosting their costs and further complicating the upcoming harvest in the world's largest cotton exporter.
LA Times: Blizzard ravages South Dakota's livestock industry
- Tens of thousands of cattle are killed, found huddled and frozen after the surprise storm. The 6,000 ranching operations that were hit have no safety net, thanks to the federal government shutdown.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Kenneth Quinn, President World Food Prize
- Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, addresses the issues head on and provides important context for the event, which was founded by Dr. Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Laureate in 1970 for his work in improved plant breeding.
Sacramento Bee: List of states affected in food stamp card outage
- People in 17 states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.
Des Moines Register: Biotech crops face uncertain future
- Promising new applications are on the verge of commercialization, researchers say. Yet critics are mounting an aggressive campaign to rein in the use of biotech crops they contend have been improperly used and under-regulated.
New York Times: Schools Fear Shutdown’s Threat to Lunch Programs
- The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program could soon be a casualty of the partial government shutdown, leaving millions of children without an important source of nutrition, a group representing school nutrition workers warned Congress on Friday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Green and consumer groups voice fears over EU-US trade agreement
- As negotiations get under way for an EU-US trade agreement, European environmental and consumer groups are mobilising to contest a pact they believe would lower standards for everything from apples to automobiles.
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