Daily Harvest -- 11/4/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington week ahead: Farm bill conferees look for sweet spots
- Lawmakers are expected to continue efforts this week to hammer out a myriad of differences over a long-term farm bill, which conferees hope to have done by the end of the year.
National Journal: Compromise Is the Key to a New Farm Bill
- The bill's overlong development period has given all the interests so many opportunities to state their positions that they seem more dug in than in past bill-writing efforts.
Associated Press: Florida Cattle Ranchers Seek Locally Grown Label
- Cattle ranchers who realize there's a demand for locally grown meat have asked agriculture officials for a designation. But before the likely tag can be applied, the state must first decide what, exactly, Florida beef is.
FOOD & NUTRITION
L.A. Times: Food stamp cuts kick in, affecting about 47 million
- Some 47 million poor Americans who rely on food stamps for their meals will have to get by on less, after their benefits were cut Friday.
New York Times: Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover
- There is some change in the air when it comes to marketing healthful food in America, and in anticipation of that, I posed a challenge to the (advertising) firm: How would you get people to want to buy and eat broccoli?
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse (Audio): Farm bill conference will decide fate of catfish program
- Both China and Vietnam are preparing to retaliate against the U.S. unless the new farm bill repeals the USDA catfish inspection program.
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups, exporters press U.S. government on sluggish Chinese biotech approvals
- Farm groups raised concerns regarding ongoing delays, lack of transparency and arbitrary decisions in China's process of approving new biotechnology traits.
Agri-Pulse (Audio): Open-Mic: Ray Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America
- Oxfam is a member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and favors major reform in the food aid system, moving away from shipping grain in more costly American flag vessels to buying food near the area of famine to support the region.
Agri-Pulse (Subscriber only): APHIS announces final rule on BSE import regulations
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule Friday that aims to modernize the agency's import regulations in relation to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.
Des Moines Register: Opinion: Better seed equals better life
- For poor, hard-working families in Zambia, opposition to genetically improved crops poses a real and present danger.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Obama creates climate change task force as EPA announces draft plans
- President Obama signed an executive order Friday to create a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for public review and comment.
New York Times: Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies
- Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: The Vatican Enters a GMO "Palaver"
- It was Cardinal Turkson's discussion of genetic engineering, and its relationship to food security, justice and theology, that was truly riveting.
Wall Street Journal: Rains and a Propane Shortage Leave Corn Farmers Wet Behind the Ears
- Farmers in the upper Midwest are used to dealing with drought, disease and pests. Now, they are grappling with a different problem: a propane shortage.
New Yorker (Subscriber only): Climate by numbers
- Can the Climate Corporation, a tech firm, help farmers survive global warming?
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