Daily Harvest -- 10/24/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House easily approves water resources development bill
- (Subscriber only) The House approved legislation (H.R. 3080) Wednesday, with a 417-3 vote, that seeks to re-authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation's vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, and support flood protection and environmental restoration needs.
Agri-Pulse: House and Senate farm bill conferees to meet next week
- House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders announced today that the first public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee will be held next week on Wednesday, October 30.
Agri-Pulse: House committee leaders optimistic conference, negotiations can get farm bill done
- The top leaders of the House Agriculture Committee said late Wednesday night that next week's first public meeting of farm bill conferees and constant negotiations throughout could pave the way for completion of a long-term bill by the end of the year.
New York Times: Health Law Fails to Keep Prices Low in Rural Areas
- While competition is intense in many populous regions, rural areas and small towns have far fewer carriers offering plans in the law’s online exchanges. Those places, many of them poor, are being asked to choose from some of the highest-priced plans.
Great Falls Tribune: Gaining ground on farm bill not a snap: Baucus heads into negotiations on agriculture
- According to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., public anger over the recent federal shutdown may be enough to prompt lawmakers to get the job done this time.
The Hill: Food safety groups blast farm bill amendments
- Food safety advocates are urging members of a House-Senate conference committee to strike down a pair of GOP-backed amendments to the farm bill now under consideration.
Reuters: U.S. lawmakers to wrestle with food stamp cuts in farm bill
- U.S. Senate and House negotiators, who will begin working on a compromise farm bill on Oct. 30, face a major fight over proposed deep cuts in food stamps for the poor.
New York Times: Lobbying Heats Up Before Farm Talks
- As the House and Senate prepare to meet next week to work out differences in their farm bills, lobbying efforts are intensifying to get last-minute changes to the 1,000-page legislation that sets the nation’s farm and nutrition policies.
USA Today: Tea Party groups take aim at farm bill, Republicans
- In the aftermath of the partial government shutdown, some Tea Party-aligned groups that helped push a conservative revolt in Congress over President Obama's health care law are readying for Round 2.
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Processors Seen Defaulting on Federal Loans
- U.S. sugar processors, struggling with a glut that has depressed prices, likely defaulted on more than half of the $233 million in outstanding federal loans that came due last month, traders and analysts say.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Catholic cardinal calls for better communication on GM foods
- Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson of Ghana announced last Thursday that he supports the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods in the Catholic Church's latest foray into the ethics of biotechnology.
Roll Call: Grocery Manufacturers Assn. Discloses Federal and Washington State Lobbying
- After Farm Bill was rejected in the House in June, the Grocery Manufacturers Association poured money into their federal lobbying efforts during the third quarter, and also into opposing a ballot initiative in Washington State.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: Shutdown Hit Visas for Agriculture Workers
- The government shutdown froze visa processing for thousands of temporary agriculture workers, raising concerns about a labor shortage just as the harvest kicks off for the multibillion-dollar citrus and vegetable industries.
Politico: Darrell Issa to introduce immigration bill
- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to release legislation next week that would provide legal status for six years to undocumented immigrants in the United States, he said in an interview Wednesday.
Argus Leader: Recovery from autumn snowstorm won't be easy for S.D. ranchers, communities
- The inability of Congress to pass a new farm bill in a timely fashion and a livestock disaster provision in the bill likely to be capped at $100,000 if it is ever reauthorized will make it more difficult for western South Dakota ranchers to recover from the blizzard that killed as many as 30,000 cattle, according to Sen. Tim Johnson.
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