Daily Harvest -- 10/15/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers try to solve shutdown, default
- Lawmakers are expected to continue to work this week on ending the government shutdown and avoiding a potential debt default.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Rural Defeat, Rural Denial, and the Farm Bill Conference
- Chuck Fluharty, Founding Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), analyzes “an historic, discouraging, and informative week in American politics, and the American people have had it.” He asks: can all this possibly become any more surreal?
Agri-Pulse: Differences to work out between House and Senate farm bills
- (Audio) House and Senate farm bill conferees are named. Once the conference committee meets, the real work begins.
San Angelo Standard Times: WINDMILL COUNTRY: Raining, snowing and Farm Bill going
- Amid the weather, cotton harvest, government shutdown and the budget stall in the Congress, there is finally some movement on a new farm bill.
Reuters: Reformers hail limit on U.S. crop insurance subsidies
- Farm subsidy reformers praised a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to make the wealthiest growers pay more for federally subsidized crop insurance, the first eligibility limit on a program that costs $9 billion a year.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Global Hunger Index shows hunger decreasing but 'serious'
- The Global Hunger Index (GHI), an annual metric released by a trio of development organizations, indicates that world hunger is decreasing but “serious.”
New York Times: How to Feed the World
- In this opinion piece, Mark Bittman writes that the question “How will we feed the world?” implies that we have no choice but to intensify industrial agriculture, with more high-tech seeds, chemicals and collateral damage. Yet there are other, better options.
The Hill: Costco store recalls chicken linked to salmonella outbreak
- The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced late Sunday that a Costco store in South San Francisco, Calif., is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of chicken to prevent the outbreak from spreading.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Japan Seeks to Export More High-End Food
- Just as France exports fine wine, backers of Mr. Abe's plan hope Japan will become world famous for its painstakingly cultivated fruit, rice, beef and sake.
The Hill: White House: Shutdown stifling US exports
- The government shutdown has choked the flow of U.S. exports, blocking overseas shipments of everything from fruits and vegetables to high-tech products, the White House said Monday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Financial Times: US ethanol credits slump after leak
- A precipitous decline in the market for US ethanol credits accelerated after a leaked proposal showed Washington examining deep cuts to its biofuels mandate.
Kansas City Star: Water fight between Mont., Wyo. going to trial
- A legal clash over water rights on the arid Northern Plains is bound for trial as attorneys for Montana press their case that Wyoming farmers and oil and gas companies are sucking too much water from tributaries of the Yellowstone River.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Livestock pits open for western SD ranchers to dispose of cattle killed in blizzard
- Two 20-foot-deep disposal pits opened in western South Dakota on Monday to help ranchers dispose of tens of thousands of livestock carcasses piling up since an early October blizzard decimated herds.
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