Daily Harvest -- 10/28/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers focus on farm bill conference
- The week will be dominated by the long-anticipated start of the farm bill conference, which is set for Wednesday, as lawmakers formally sit down and try to resolve a myriad of differences between the House package and the Senate bill.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
- As House and Senate leaders head into a farm bill conference meeting this week, Sen. Amy Klobuchar provides keen insight on the negotiations. She says the challenge is to merge the reductions in spending, contained in the House of Representatives Farm Bill, with the more moderate reductions in the Senate bill and to mediate those provisions in the final bill.
Agri-Pulse: Farm bill conferee meets with farmers in SD
- (Audio) Rep. Kristi Noem, R-SD, asked South Dakota farmers last week about a provision in the Senate farm bill that ties conservation compliance to crop insurance. She says she is reluctant to support the policy.
Agri-Pulse: Six Past U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Speaking at Kansas State
- (Video) "The Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues has a long tradition of highlighting leaders in agriculture, but to have six of the nation's agriculture leaders on the same stage is nothing short of monumental," said Jackie Hartman, the university's chief of staff and director of community relations.
The Hill: Nation headed over ‘food stamp cliff’
- There is little chance that Congress will act to avert what hunger activists call the “food stamp cliff” — a cut to benefits that will affect some 47 million beneficiaries, including children and the elderly.
National Journal: Budget, Farm Bill to Haunt Congress During Halloween Week
- Halloween week kicks off in Congress with two issues long haunted by delays, as House and Senate conferees start separate negotiations Wednesday on a budget plan and a farm-bill reauthorization.
ABC News: Congress Eyes Milk Prices, Politics in Farm Talks
- The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
News Times: S. Dakota ranchers vow to survive cattle disaster
- Ranchers like Carley may get low-interest loans or loan guarantees from a U.S. Agriculture Department program and could get some help from a relief fund set up by livestock organizations that have so far collected donations of $400,000 from people in nearly every state and some other countries.
Kansas City Star: Without federal aid, Amtrak could leave rural areas behind
- They’re among the last holdovers from the golden age of American train travel, but the changing relationship between the federal government and the states could mean the end of the line for some of Amtrak’s long-distance routes.
FOOD & NUTRITION
LA Times: Rebranding beef: Industry markets more affordable cuts of steak
- The Vegas Strip Steak joins the flatiron and other new cuts from rough parts of the steer that will fetch higher prices than burger without breaking the bank for shoppers.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Republican congressman Jeff Denham will join Democrats in immigration overhaul push
- A Republican congressman from a heavily Hispanic district is breaking ranks from his party to join Democrats in an eleventh-hour push for a broad immigration overhaul before the end of the year.
Washington Post: Latino donors set sights on GOP lawmakers who oppose immigration overhaul
- A network of Latino donors that played a pivotal role in raising money for President Obama’s reelection is now focused on a new campaign: an effort to oust lawmakers who stand in the way of overhauling immigration laws.
New York Times: Immigration Poses Threat of Another Republican Rift
- A push to bring immigration legislation to the House floor, led by an unusual coalition of business executives, prominent conservatives and evangelical leaders, threatens to create another schism in the Republican Party and could have a noticeable effect on campaign contributions before the midterm elections.
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