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Daily Harvest -- 10/18/2013
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Agri-Pulse: USDA dealing with shutdown repercussions
Link - Life at the USDA is slowly returning to normalcy today after the end to the historic 16-day federal government shutdown. Still, as employees shuffle back into the department to deal with backlogged work, the status of some agency reports are in flux, while others have been cancelled.

Agri-Pulse: Olmsted project continues after shutdown averted
Link - The law to avoid a government shutdown and a debt default includes a provision to allow work to continue on the Olmsted Lock and Dam project.

Agri-Pulse: After shutdown ends, President Obama notes the need for a farm bill
Link - In his address after Congress passed a continuing resolution Wednesday night, President Barack Obama mentioned “things that we know will help strengthen our economy that we could get done before this year is out.”

Roll Call: Obama Wants Immigration, Farm, Budget Deals
Link - President Barack Obama scolded congressional Republicans on Thursday morning for shutting down the government and flirting with default, while hoping that the end to the episode would lead to budget, immigration and farm bills by the end of the year.

Wall Street Journal: Budget Battle Complicates Other Legislation
Link - The next set of fiscal deadlines and worries about the more painful round of the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester, which go into effect in mid-January, are likely to overshadow everything else.

The Hill: Water advocates defend ‘Kentucky Kickback’ in debt bill
Link - Advocates for water projects are defending the inclusion of an increase in funding for a dam project in Kentucky that was included in the deal that was approved late Wednesday to avert a potential default and reopen the federal government.

The Hill: Next in the House: Bipartisan water resources bill
Link - House Republicans will follow up last night's bipartisan vote to end the government shutdown with a bipartisan bill authorizing port, waterway and flood protection projects around the country.


Agri-Pulse: Blair, Buffett offer new hope in war against poverty and hunger
Link - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and farmer turned philanthropist Howard G. Buffett have long been focused on helping people in Africa. But now they plan to partner on a new initiative, aimed at attracting entrepreneurs who can address hunger and poverty in four target countries: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Malawi.

Des Moines Register: World Food Prize: About 35 protest selection of laureates
Link - Three dozen protesters at the bottom of the steps of the State Capitol building didn’t come close to outnumbering the people streaming inside Thursday evening to honor this year’s World Food Prize laureates.

Bloomberg: Can't Make Enough Food? Make Fewer People
Link - Solve the world's future food needs? That's easy. Make more food or make fewer people. Pick one. Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute and author of a new memoir, Breaking New Ground, suggests we think about fewer people.

DTN: Scientists Remain Puzzled by Resistance to Biotech Crops
Link - The three scientists named laureates at the World Food Prize are being honored this week for their work developing genetically engineered crops. The scientists spent most of Wednesday defending the technology.

The Hill: Liberal Dems accuse agencies of failing on salmonella response
Link - Two House Democrats who have long been concerned about food safety are concerned that public health agencies haven’t done enough to combat an ongoing salmonella outbreak.


New York Times: In North Dakota, New Concerns Over Mixing Oil and Wheat
Link - While three generations of the Sorenson family have made their livelihood growing wheat and other crops here, they also have learned to embrace the furious pace of North Dakota’s oil exploration.


Washington Post: Democrats renew push for immigration bill
Link - President Obama and his Democratic allies are using momentum from reopening government to renew their attempts to persuade House Republicans to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of the year.


Washington Post: Conservative groups rally around Cochran opponent McDaniel
Link - A trio of conservative groups announced Thursday they will back Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who is running for the seat held by Sen. Thad Cochran (R). The Club For Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project each announced endorsements.

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