Daily Harvest -- 11/11/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Budget talks set to resume
- Negotiations over how to find some common ground on an new five-year farm bill are expected to intensify this week as lawmakers nervously eye the end of year calendar. Without any substantial progress on the commodity title and other controversial areas, the possibility of another extension continues to loom in the background.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Dr. Mary Dell Chilton
- (Audio) Dr. Mary Dell Chilton was awarded the World Food Prize this year along with two other scientists who laid the groundwork for advancement in crop biotechnology.
National Journal: Farm-Bill Conferees Consider Compromise Cut to Food Stamps
- Farm-bill conferees are discussing setting the level of food-stamp reductions at about $10 billion over the next decade, a compromise between the Senate's proposed $4 billion cut and the House's $39 billion in savings.
Stillwater News Press: Lucas: Money makes the government go round
- Lucas, chairman of the House agriculture committee, said a farm bill that doesn’t reduce spending won’t survive. The farm bill focuses on three areas — commodities (food and fiber), dairy and nutrition.
Clarion Ledger: Sam R. Hall: Farm bill likely delaying Cochran announcement
- As everyone awaits an announcement from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, the word in various political circles is increasingly that the elder statesman will retire.
Radio Iowa Online: Grassley not sure negoitiators will come up with a new Farm Bill
- Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s hard to see how U.S. Senate and House negotiators are going to reach agreement on food stamps, an issue that has helped prevent passage of a new five-year Farm Bill.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Conaway says farm bill almost done
- The chairman of the subcommittee on general farm commodities and risk management said he was confident the House and the Senate could reach an agreement on the heavily-debated farm bill by Dec. 15.
Anniston Star: Rogers: Farm Bill could be the last for decades
- U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, wants to get this year's farm bill right, he says, because it affects millions of people — and because, he said, it could run the country's farm policy for a long time.
Reuters: U.S. ethanol expansion limited by 'blend wall' –Vilsack
- Lower gasoline demand in the United States is slowing ethanol expansion no matter how much the government mandates the grain-based additive be blended into the nation's fuel supply, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: The Co-Villains Behind Obesity’s Rise
- A professor of economics at Harvard Could asks if our inability to explain animal obesity with behavior is a warning sign. Perhaps we are also overlooking biological drivers for human obesity.
Washington Post: Too much of too little
- The country’s hungriest region is also its most overweight, with 38.5 percent of the people obese. For one of the first times anywhere in the United States, children in South Texas have a projected life span that is a few years shorter than that of their parents.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Chinese poultry in the U.S. - Not!
- The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found itself in between a rock and a hard space this weekend, essentially telling top Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., that they were wrong.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: EPA's McCarthy wants to work with ag community
- Congressman Emanuel Cleaver says he wants meetings with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to begin to put an end to the days of distrust and finger pointing.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack gives Iowa a nudge on water issues
- He said Iowa is not taking advantage of extra federal money it could get through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which subsidizes the cost of farm improvements that cut pollution or conserve water.
Agri-Pulse: More than corn in the USDA reports
- (Audio) The delayed citrus forecast released from USDA Friday revealed that both orange and grapefruit production are down five percent this year.
Associated Press: USDA: 2013 corn harvest a record 13.9B bushels
- This year's corn crop has soared to a new national record, breaking expectations in many states that received too much rain early on and a summer dry spell that brought back drought concerns.
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