Daily Harvest -- 10/23/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: NSAC pushes for more farm bill reforms
- In a letter sent to farm bill conferees, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) outlined the reforms to crop insurance and investments in conservation, among other provisions, that it would like to see in a completed farm bill between the House and Senate.
Agri-Pulse: Animal Ag Alliance disputes report critical of livestock and meat production
- (Audio) The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report this week that provides a stark contrast to a report from an organization critical of the livestock and meat industry. Former USDA Under Secretary for FSIS Richard Raymond took particular exception to the recommendation of banning nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in meat production.
Reuters: Panel raps lack of action to curb drug use in U.S. livestock
- U.S. regulators and livestock producers have failed to curb the use of antibiotics in livestock despite concerns that excessive use in meat production will reduce the drugs' effectiveness in humans, said a panel of experts.
DTN: Senators Talk About Farm Bill Priorities
- Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., met Tuesday with members of various Minnesota farm organizations ranging from commodity groups, dairy producers and general farm groups.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA reveals Farm to School program census data
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today introduced USDA's first Farm to School Census for the school year 2011-2012, which indicated that schools participating in farm to school activities purchased and served over $350 million in local food.
Wall Street Journal: The Irrational Fear of GM Food
- The chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium writes that biotechnology offers an unparalleled safety record and demonstrated commercial success. Remarkably, however, biotechnology might not reach its full potential. He says in part, that's because outspoken opponents of GM crops in the U.S. have spearheaded a "labeling" movement.
Washington Post: Genetically modified crops should be part of Africa’s food future
- The editorial board writes that genetic engineering in agriculture is not a magic bullet for Africa, but it can help battle pests and diseases, improve nutrition and reduce the use of water and chemicals, all of which would benefit farmers and their families.
The Hill: Leading the GMO food fight
- According to Dave Murphy, the national movement to label genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, sprang to life in 2007 because of presidential candidate Barack Obama, the same man Murphy now criticizes as inactive on the issue.
Seattle Times: Elway Poll: Support for GMO-labeling I-522 clings to lead, but momentum has shifted
- Initiative 522 – the statewide ballot measure to require labeling of genetically engineered foods – is clinging to a slight lead heading into the final two weeks before Election Day. But momentum has clearly shifted against the measure, thanks to a barrage of opposition advertisements over the last month.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: Lawmakers urge scrutiny of energy markets
- A dozen House members on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of lawmakers expressing concern over the potential for manipulation of the market for ethanol credits.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
NPR: Kansas Farmers Commit To Taking Less Water From The Ground
- In one small section of northwestern Kansas, farmers now have to do something unprecedented: For the next five years, all the farmers in this area, covering 99 square miles, will pump 20 percent less water out of the ground.
Washington Post: Monsanto Co. calls for better controls on agrochemicals including Roundup after AP report
- Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: William Galston: An Immigration Challenge for Boehner
- Comprehensive immigration reform would be to Mr. Obama's second term what the Affordable Care Act was to his first: a signature legislative achievement.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Ellison vows to renew focus on immigration
- Ellison, who voted against several House bills addressing the issue and admits he has some problems with a Senate version that passed earlier this year, said he would vote for a bill that is “51 percent good.”
Agri-Pulse: Commodity Classic and AG CONNECT plan to combine events in 2016
- Commodity Classic and AG CONNECT Expo & Summit plan to partner for a joint event in 2016, creating the ultimate “one stop shop for farmers,” noted American Soybean Association Danny Murphy.
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