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Daily Harvest -- 10/17/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Congress approves bill to end shutdown, avoid debt default
Link - Congress approved legislation (H.R. 2775) late last night that would end the federal government shutdown and avert a U.S. debt default.

Agri-Pulse: House poised to take up water resources development bill next week
Link - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced today the House will take up its water resources development act next week, according to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Agri-Pulse: Former deputy ag secretary optimistic about farm bill this year
Link - (Audio) At the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President Chuck Conner, former deputy secretary of agriculture, said this farm bill has certainly been the toughest he’s seen.

Bloomberg: Restarting U.S. Government Seen as Harder Than Shutdown
Link - If you thought shutting down the U.S. government was tough, just wait until agencies try to open again for business. It may be weeks or even months before the government resumes issuing loans, payments and contracts at a normal pace.

Politico: Farm bill conferees huddle
Link - The Farm Bill’s top four negotiators met Wednesday and authorized staff to step up discussions on the commodity title in anticipation that the full House-Senate conference could begin the last week of October.


Agri-Pulse: Monsanto, DuPont tackle food security at World Food Prize
Link - Agribusiness leaders participated in the World Food Prize festivities in Des Moines today, lending their perspectives on food security to the conference's Borlaug Dialogue program. And officials from DuPont and Monsanto agreed: It's time to open up dialogue with a wider array of stakeholders.

Agri-Pulse: Opinion: We must not take science off the table
Link - Dan Glickman and Doug Bereuter note that the World Food Prize choices will be viewed as controversial, but the scientists' work is important to eliminating hunger and malnutrition and making the world more food secure.

Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Wheat farmers reaffirm research support as World Food Prize honors biotech pioneers
Link - Bing Von Bergen and Dan Hughes write that although biotech traits are not yet available to wheat farmers, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) strongly support research and innovation in wheat to develop new commercial varieties, including biotech varieties, that will help us meet these challenges.

Agri-Pulse: Altruism and business converge in Borlaug CAST Communication Award
Link - Jeffery Simmons, senior vice president and executive officer at Eli Lilly and Company and President of Elanco's Animal Health Division, received this year's Borlaug CAST Communication Award at an awards ceremony in Des Moines today.

Reuters: Hawaii's Kauai Island moves to curb gene-altered crops, pesticide testing
Link - Lawmakers on the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, on Wednesday approved a hotly contested measure aimed at reining in widespread pesticide use by companies testing new genetically modified crops on the island.

Washington Post: Colo. cantaloupe farmers charged in deadly listeria outbreak plan to plead guilty under deal
Link - Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers plan to plead guilty under a deal with federal prosecutors in connection with the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people in the nation’s deadliest case of foodborne illness in a quarter century.


Agri-Pulse: GHI report: Ag productivity on the rise, but challenges remain
Link - Agricultural productivity is growing and on pace to meet the demands of a growing, hungry world for now, but several challenges remain - especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and other less developed countries, according to a new report released just prior to the World Food Prize Symposium here.

Wall Street Journal: Trade Will Meet Asia's Food Needs
Link - Asia's economic growth is undoubtedly a good thing, but it does pose new challenges. Among the most pressing right now is how the continent will feed itself.


Agri-Pulse: DFA-Dairylea merger would grow size of biggest milk co-op
Link - (Subscriber only) Dairy Farmers of America, the nation's largest dairy cooperative in terms of farm members, and Dairylea Cooperative said Tuesday they would merge next year pending approval of Dairylea members.

Reuters: Wanted: Pregnant cows to help South Dakota ranchers recover from storm
Link - Ranchers in South Dakota who lost large parts of their cattle herds to a winter storm are not asking for blankets or food to help them recover. They want pregnant cows and heifers of breeding age, said a group organizing donations on Tuesday.

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