Daily Harvest -- 10/25/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers urge support for beginning farmers in farm bill
- As House and Senate farm bill conferees prepare for their first official public meeting next Wednesday, a group of bipartisan Representatives and Senators today delivered two “Dear Colleague” letters to House and Senate leadership earlier today.
Agri-Pulse: Wheat growers outline their farm bill priorities
- The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) reiterated its members' preferences for a final farm bill in a letter to House and Senate conference committee members today. NAWG emphasized a high priority for a strong crop insurance system, as well as trade export programs.
Agri-Pulse: USDA releases humane handling guidance
- USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday released advance notice of a new guidance on humane handling of livestock. The document includes voluntary guidelines meant to assist producers “in minimizing excitement, discomfort and accidental injury,” according to the agency.
Agri-Pulse: NCFC outlines farm bill requests to conferees
- The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate conference committee on the farm bill outlining the top recommendations of America's farmer-owned businesses in the legislation.
Politico: Farm bill gets no respect
- After two years of struggle, House and Senate conferees will finally meet next Wednesday to try to salvage a compromise five-year plan. President Barack Obama is taking notice. But as quickly as the president mentioned the farm bill recently, Washington’s pundits dissed him for elevating something deemed unworthy.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sugar Processors Forfeit 296,500 Tons of Sugar – USDA
- U.S. sugar processors defaulted on more than half of the outstanding federal loans that came due at the end of last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Food Day raises awareness of food access and insecurity issues
- Officials, community leaders and citizens participated in 4,700 events across the country in honor of Wednesday's third annual Food Day, according to the campaign that coordinated the celebration.
Bloomberg: Monsanto Bets $5 Million in Fight Over Gene-Altered Food
- Monsanto Co. and DuPont Co., among the biggest makers of bioengineered crop seeds, are persuading Washington state voters to change their minds about a proposal to require labels on genetically modified food.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Politico: USTR Froman presses for trade bill 'as soon as possible'
- President Barack Obama was often criticized in his first term for moving too slowly on trade, but now his chief negotiator is pressing Congress to pick up the pace as the White House pushes to conclude a landmark trade deal in the Asia-Pacific by the end of the year.
Kansas City Star: US trade deficit widens slightly to $38.8 billion
- The U.S. trade deficit widened only slightly in August, dragged lower by a modest decline in exports. U.S. farmers sold fewer agricultural products overseas, offsetting the best month of sales for American-made cars on record.
Financial Times: DuPont to spin off performance chemicals unit
- DuPont, the largest US chemicals group by market capitalisation, will spin off its division making paint pigments, refrigerants and Teflon, as it seeks to focus on businesses with a greater emphasis on technological innovation.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endorses lesser prairie-chicken plan
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endorsed the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan, an effort to conserve a species proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Agri-Pulse: Poultry grower Lois Alt wins case against EPA
- A federal court Wednesday ruled in favor of West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt in a lawsuit she brought against the Environmental Protection Agency.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Bloomberg: Fruit Growers Say Government Shutdown May Hamper Harvest
- U.S. fruit and vegetable growers say delays in processing visa applications during the government shutdown has left them so short of immigrant workers that crops may be lost if the process isn’t expedited.
Wall Street Journal: Obama Presses for Action on Immigration Bill
- President Barack Obama renewed his push Thursday for a broad immigration overhaul, pressuring the House to pass legislation this year.
Wall Street Journal: Selling the Good Life on the Great Plains
- Demographers see increasing population pressure ahead as baby boomers age and die, while young people have long been migrating elsewhere, leaving behind fewer people of childbearing age.
Financial Times: Farming advances with appliance of science to tractor technology
- Thousands of US farmers will take to their fields this month for the main annual harvest on tractors equipped with cutting edge technology, as agricultural equipment makers increasingly incorporate elements of data analytics, GPS and remote sensing in a race to make farming more precise.
Miami Herald: Corn mazes become big business
- Agritainment - making agriculture a form of entertainment for the non-farming masses - has become an impetus for small family farms to open their gates each fall and invite customers in to do more than just pick pumpkins. And few activities are more popular, or offer more potential financial upside, than corn mazes.
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