Daily Harvest -- 10/22/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: CRP rental payments, direct payments, ACRE going out, Vilsack says
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments, while the department will distribute 2013 direct payments and 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments beginning Oct. 24.
Agri-Pulse: USDA offers loan guarantees to boost advanced biofuels
- USDA says it will invest $181 million in loan guarantees to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels.
Agri-Pulse: WRRDA vote may be delayed due to Congressmans funeral
- (Audio) The House was expected to vote on The Water Resources Reform and Development Act this week, but the Thursday session of the House was canceled for representatives to attend the funeral of Florida Rep. Bill Young. Floor debate may begin on Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: Animal agriculture groups counter criticisms in new report
- The Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) issued a report today to counter an anticipated report this week critical of the agriculture industry from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for a Livable Future.
Roll Call: Lawmakers, Advocates Raise Concerns as SNAP Benefits Shrink
- Millions of low-income people will see their purchasing power fall Nov. 1, regardless of the outcome of a larger fight between Democrats and Republicans over future policies and spending levels for the nation’s largest domestic food aid program.
Roll Call: SNAP Debate Likely to Grow Contentious
- More than 20 percent of the population in seven states and the District of Columbia received some form of food aid in 2013 under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to a recent Department of Agriculture report.
DTN: Financial Aid Mounts for Blizzard Victims
- Aid continues to pour in for victims of the Atlas Blizzard that struck western South Dakota in early October.
Reuters: USDA trying to make up for harvest samples missed during shutdown
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to find the best way to compensate for samples of corn and soybean crops it was unable to collect during the partial U.S. government shutdown, a top official said on Monday.
Reuters: USDA to keep releasing crop reports during CME trading hours, despite complaints
- A top U.S. Agriculture Department official said key monthly U.S. crop reports will continue to be released during CME Group Inc trading hours, despite complaints from the grain industry that high-speed traders have access to the data before it becomes available on public websites.
Kansas City Star: Shutdown ends, but angst for contractors remains
- Federal employees are back to work, but the possibility of another government shutdown looms, creating angst for the web of contractors who work in the Washington area and beyond.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Monitoring food loss and waste essential to hunger fight, says FAO Director
- FAO estimates that each year, one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen.
Bloomberg: Monsanto Suits Over Modified Wheat Consolidated in Kansas
- Lawsuits filed against Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s largest seed company, over claims it failed to contain genetically altered wheat found on an Oregon farm, will be consolidated in Kansas, a judicial panel ruled.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Financial Times: Chemicals: Science views waste in role as raw material of the future
- It sounds like the perfect solution. Bayer, a venerable German chemicals company, has developed a process for using carbon dioxide, the main culprit for climate change, as a feedstock for making plastics.
LA Times: Nitrate pollution continues for decades after fertilizer use
- Nitrates from agricultural fertilizer could continue to leach into groundwater for at least 80 years after initial use, according to researchers who conducted a long-term study of nitrogen uptake.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration reform groups resume fight
- With the brutal fiscal fight now in Capitol Hill’s rearview mirror, immigration reform advocates from across the spectrum are ramping up the pressure on lawmakers to pass a far-reaching overhaul this year.
Wall Street Journal: Farmland bubble? 10-year rise raises red flags
- Farmland prices have been on a tear for over a decade, barely slowing as the rest of the country suffered a housing collapse, leading economists and investors to worry that a dangerous bubble is forming in the heartland.
Wall Street Journal: DuPont Pressured to Sell or Spin Off Ag Business
- DuPont Co., the chemical conglomerate, is facing increasing pressure from analysts and investors to sell off or spin out the agricultural portion of its business, which has been generating most of its growth.
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