Daily Harvest -- 10/30/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Teamsters outline farm bill priorities on nutrition, dairy
- (Subscriber only) The 1.4 million-member Teamsters Union weighed in Friday in favor of Senate provisions in the farm bill, urging conferees to “reject the severe cuts” to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the House bill and dropping previous opposition to the “supply management” part of the Senate's dairy reform language.
Agri-Pulse: Conservation groups send request to farm bill conferees
- More than 270 national, regional, and state-based organizations delivered a letter urging House and Senate farm bill conferees to reattach conservation requirements to federal subsidies for crop insurance, and to include a nationwide Sodsaver provision in the final farm bill conference report.
Agri-Pulse: More than 250 groups rally behind permanent law, nutrition title in farm bill
- National and state farm organizations may disagree on many specific parts of a new farm bill, but over 250 of them sent a unified letter to Capitol Hill today in support of passing a new five-year bill while leaving the current permanent law provisions intact and preserving a five-year authorization for all programs, including the nutrition title.
Agri-Pulse: USDA: Conservation payments up and running after shutdown delays
- Farmers waiting for their Conservation Security or Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) payments should receive them in the coming days, USDA says.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: A Dialogue with 6 Ag Secretaries
- Mark Edelman, a professor of economics at Iowa State University, and Barry Flinchbaugh, an emeritus professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, discuss the major themes of a panel last week involving former Secretaries Block, Espy, Glickman, Veneman, Johanns, and Schafer.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Farm Bill 2013: Inside the conference
- Bruce Knight, principal of Strategic Conservation Solutions, provides his take on what's likely to happen and how to view what you hear reported in the media as the conferees gather and start this process.
Agri-Pulse: Farm bill conference day is here!
- (Audio) A controversial amendment from Steve King, R-Iowa, is the most important amendment the farm bill conference committee will consider, he says. King’s amendment that addresses animal housing and other welfare standard differences between states is included in the House bill, but not in the Senate farm bill.
The Hill: Peterson: 'Absolutely opposed' to farm bill in a broad budget deal
- The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee is pushing back hard against the notion of wrapping farm policy into the broad budget conference set to launch this week.
Bloomberg: Food Stamps Loom Over Negotiations to Pass Farm Bill
- The tension is underscored by conferees the House leadership has added to the House-Senate negotiating committee: Tea Party Republican Representative Steve Southerland of Florida and Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio, chairwoman of the all-Democrat Congressional Black Caucus.
Politico: Farm bill talks open Wednesday
- As formal talks open Wednesday, farm bill negotiators are looking at new alternatives to better align the House and Senate commodity titles and reduce the cost of rival revenue insurance plans to protect against shallow losses.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Hill: Dems propose bill to avoid 'food stamp cliff'
- Dozens of House Democrats have proposed legislation that would extend food stamp benefits for 47 million beneficiaries.
Washington Post: USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse
- Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into scalding water, Agriculture Department records show.
NPR: Startups Try To Reroute Food Waste To The Hungry
- Many see wasted food as a business opportunity — from startups like Food Cowboy and CropMobster to the president of Trader Joe's, who is opening up a market. But although food waste is an obvious problem, it's a complicated one to solve, whether you're targeting farmers, retailers or consumers.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Rabobank agrees to pay $1bn Libor fine
- Rabobank agreed to pay $1bn to US, UK and Dutch authorities and admitted that dozens of employees manipulated Libor and other key benchmark interest rates over six years in a significant settlement that claimed the Dutch lender’s chief executive.
Wall Street Journal: House Is Expected to Pass a Change to Swaps Rules
- House lawmakers are expected to pass legislation scaling back a section of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that has come under widespread criticism from Republicans, Democrats and regulators.
Wall Street Journal: Agriculture, Food Companies in Demand Down Under
- Australian and New Zealand agricultural and food companies, well-positioned to feed an increasingly affluent Asia, are finding themselves on the shopping lists of investors both big and small.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Financial Times: ADM warns against cut in biofuels mandate
- Archer Daniels Midland has cautioned US officials against a change to biofuels policy as Washington considers cutting an ethanol consumption mandate for the first time.
Des Moines Register: Advanced biofuel companies warn EPA change to renewable fuel standard could hurt growth
- Nearly three dozen advanced biofuel companies warned the White House Tuesday that as the administration considers making changes to the country’s renewable fuels policy, it should be careful not to irreversibly harm the next generation of fuels.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Business-Conservative Alliance Presses for Immigration Action
- Mr. Lockhart and Mr. Parker are part of an unlikely coalition of business executives, evangelical groups and prominent conservatives coming together to urge House Republicans to put broad immigration legislation on the House floor, ideally before the end of this year.
The Hill: Ted Cruz looms large over comprehensive immigration reform
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has shaped the view of Republican leaders on immigration reform, and his sway with grassroots conservatives will make passing comprehensive legislation significantly more difficult.
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