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Daily Harvest -- 11/1/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Farm bill conference: What were the most mentioned programs?
Link - (Subscriber only) Agri-Pulse analysis of the farm bill conferees' opening statements - 36 of the 41 participating lawmakers spoke on Wednesday - reveal the farm bill “hot spots,” issues that are bound to cause some consternation and could hold up the legislation.

Agri-Pulse: Conference committee members urge energy program funding
Link - (Audio) Providing funding for energy programs was brought up several times in members’ opening statements during the farm bill conference Wednesday. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., all spoke in favor of the Energy Title in the Senate farm bill.

Roll Call: Stabenow’s Dual Roles: Key to Budget, Farm Bill Negotiations?
Link - As two formal House-Senate conferences convened Wednesday to hash out a budget blueprint and an overhaul of farm programs, the Michigan Democrat was the lone senator appearing at both venues.

Lincoln Journal Star: Johanns says farm bill could lead to budget deal
Link - Sen. Mike Johanns said Thursday he believes Senate-House agreement on a new farm bill could set the stage for a bipartisan budget agreement. Savings from the new farm bill might range from $20 billion to $25 billion or more over 10 years, Johanns said, moving Congress on the way to new spending cuts.

Billings Gazette: Tester: House farm bill threatens cattle market fairness
Link - At issue, said Tester, is farm bill language limiting the federal Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration from policing deceptive, fraudulent and anti-competitive conduct in the highly concentrated livestock industry.

New York Times: American Candy Makers, Pinched by Inflated Sugar Prices, Look Abroad
Link - Candy makers say the culprit is the federal sugar program, a combination of import restrictions, production quotas and loan programs dating to the 1930s, all designed to keep the price of American sugar well above that of the world market. Now the program is at the center of an intensifying battle as the House and Senate open formal negotiations this week on a long-delayed farm bill.

Reuters: Ethanol, oil groups blitz White House as biofuel rule nears
Link - Biofuel and oil industry lobbyists have raced to the White House over the past two weeks in a last-ditch effort to sway controversial ethanol blending rules for next year, fueling talk of that a decision may be just a few weeks away.


San Francisco Chronicle: Kauai mayor vetoes genetically modified crop bill
Link - Kauai's mayor vetoed a bill Thursday that would have regulated the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops by large agricultural businesses.

The Hill: Feds issue rules to fight food stamp fraud
Link - A regulation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow states to deny repeated requests for replacement cards distributed under the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

New York Times: As Cuts to Food Stamps Take Effect, More Trims to Benefits Are Expected
Link - Starting Friday, millions of Americans receiving food stamps will be required to get by with less government assistance every month, a move that not only will cost them money they use to feed their families but is expected to slightly dampen economic growth as well.

Bloomberg: Wal-Mart to Widows Will Feel U.S. Food Stamp Cuts
Link - With an estimated 8 percent of shoppers using food stamps, the impact will probably be felt most acutely by discount retailers such as Dollar General Corp. (DG), Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO) and Wal-Mart, said Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer of Kantar Retail.


Agri-Pulse: CFTC approves customer protection rule despite agriculture's opposition
Link - Agricultural groups that represent members involved in the futures market opposed the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) approval of its latest customer protections rule Wednesday.

Agri-Pulse: HSUS joins groups asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold COOL
Link - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with Organization for Competitive Markets, United Farm Workers of America, American Grassfed Association and three independent livestock farms filed a brief supporting the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law in a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

Miami Herald: Mexico’s trim president urges his people to eat less, exercise more
Link - His salvo against soaring diabetes and the expanding waistline of his countrymen came as the two chambers of Mexico’s Congress move toward imposing taxes on junk food and sweetened beverages.

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