Daily Harvest -- 11/6/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Lincoln Star Journal: Vilsack surveys rural challenges and wants a farm bill
- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack surveyed the vast landscape of rural America, its alarming challenges, great strengths and new opportunities Tuesday in a one-hour presentation that repeatedly returned to the need to pass a new five-year federal farm bill.
POLITICO: Farm bill negotiators resume talks this week
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow signaled Tuesday that face-to-face talks among the top four farm bill negotiators will resume this week, and she is upbeat enough to hope for a deal by Thanksgiving.
Bloomberg: Fuel-From-Soy Makers Mount Last-Ditch Lobby Push on EPA
- Companies that make biofuels from corn husks, soy and other materials are mounting a last-ditch lobbying campaign to prevent a weakening of the U.S. renewable-fuel mandate, saying a lower requirement would set back an industry that is ready to blossom.
The Hill: Humane Society targets farm bill amendment
- The lobbying arm of The Humane Society has taken out $100,000 in online ads in its quest to get a key animal rights amendment stripped from the 2013 farm bill.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Reuters: Exclusive: Cargill to change beef labeling in wake of 'pink slime' furor
- Cargill Inc, one of the world's largest beef processors, will begin labeling when its finely textured beef is used in the making of its U.S. ground beef products.
POLITICO: Obamacare could increase food stamp rolls
- The Obama administration has ordered a study to determine whether the Affordable Care Act, by increasing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, will also increase the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program based on how states enroll people.
Wall Street Journal: Some Food Companies Ditch 'Natural' Label
- Food products labeled as "natural" are starting to disappear.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: NFU to Canada: We're not taking direction from you
- “Recent threats by the Canadian Agriculture Minister are unjustified and out of line. As a sovereign nation, we should not take direction from Canada. They do not dictate what is compliant, it is the reason we have the WTO,” NFU President Johnson said in a strongly-worded statement.
Agri-Pulse (Audio): What the new BSE rule from APHIS means
- USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service finalized a rule last week modernizing import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known (and easier said) as “BSE.”
Financial Times: CFTC in fresh bid to impose position limits
- US regulators on Tuesday made a second attempt to curb speculation by traders in certain commodities after a similar, contentious rule was opposed by a US court.
New York Times, Dealbook: In Surprise Exit, Bart Chilton to Depart Futures Commission
- Bart Chilton, the outspoken regulator whose colorful commentary on financial risk taking positioned him as a fierce critic of the industry he helped oversee, announced on Tuesday that he was leaving his post at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
NPR: Silenced By Status, Farm Workers Face Rape, Sexual Abuse
- The farm industry is trying to tackle a problem that's long been kept under wraps.
USA Today: Washington state voters reject labeling of GMO foods
- Washington state voters on Tuesday rejected an initiative that would have required foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled.
Genetic Literacy Project, Opinion: Kaua’i anti-GMO ‘Witch Trials’ continue, as Mayor faces death threats for bill veto
- Based on the recent history of how this public “discussion” has unfolded in Kaua’i, there is every reason to believe that anti-GMO fervor has run off the rails, and now threatens to crystallize into a dangerous public mania.
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