Daily Harvest -- 11/14/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House lawmaker offers motion to instruct farm bill conferees
- Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, offered a motion to instruct conferees on the farm bill Tuesday night dealing with the energy title and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Agri-Pulse: NMPF leader: House dairy bill risks repeat of huge surplus
- Margin insurance for dairy farmers without a mechanism to check overproduction risks a repeat of conditions in the early 1980s when USDA spent billions of dollars to support milk prices, says the chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation.
Agri-Pulse: CBO report finds potential $130 billion in savings from agriculture programs
- Congress could save about $130 billion over 10 years from reductions or changes to several agriculture-related programs, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in a report released Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: Senator Grassley is hopeful for farm bill
- (Audio) Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley disagrees with media reports that are pessimistic about a new farm bill. Grassley said Senate leaders do not want to pass an extension and he argues that there is more pressure to get a bill done by the end of this year.
The Hill: Farm bill leaders cite progress toward deal
- House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) suggested a framework for a deal could emerge by next week.
Politico: Farm bill remains challenge
- These next two weeks running up to Thanksgiving are pivotal if a farm bill is to be salvaged this year. And this pattern of distorted numbers not only sows confusion but can infect the negotiators themselves.
Washington Post: The real loser of the recession is rural America
- Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual survey of rural America, which puts the divergence in stark relief. Non-metropolitan areas experienced their first recorded period of population loss.
Reuters: USDA's Vilsack warns against "hatchet" cuts in U.S. food stamps
- Lawmakers writing the final version of the new U.S. farm bill should reject the "hatchet" cuts that House Republicans want to make to food stamps for the poor, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
Reuters: U.S. ethanol output could reach 14 bln gallons in 2014-ADM chief
- U.S. production of corn-based ethanol could reach 14 billion gallons in 2014 because of positive margins for processors and demand from buyers, Archer Daniels Midland Co's chief executive said on Wednesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Hill: Food industry presses for voluntary GMO labeling standards
- Crucial players in the American food industry are pressing for legislation that would institute a national voluntary labeling system for products that contain genetically engineered ingredients, according to documents obtained by The Hill.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: For controversial trade pact, fire from the left, the right and WikiLeaks
- A proposed trade treaty with Pacific countries is stoking opposition among an unlikely cohort, drawing fire on Wednesday from a broad group of congressional Democrats and Republicans as well as a high-toned gaggle of PhD economists.
New York Times: New Catfish Inspections Are Posing a Problem for a Pacific Trade Pact
- At issue is a pending new catfish inspection program at the Department of Agriculture that would replace but cost far more than an existing catfish inspection program in the Food and Drug Administration.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
San Francisco Chronicle: Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy
- Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more than 1 million acres of the Great Plains are giving way to corn fields as farmers transform the wild expanse that once served as the backdrop for American pioneers.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Roll Call: Boehner Says No to Conference With Senate Immigration Bill
- Speaker John A. Boehner dashed the hopes of Democrats and advocates of a comprehensive approach on Wednesday, when he appeared to close off the avenue most likely to succeed — going to conference on the Senate’s immigration bill.
Wall Street Journal: Obama Pushing Immigration as New Doubts Emerge in House
- The White House is intensifying its push to get an immigration overhaul through Congress this year, but House Speaker John Boehner cast new doubt Wednesday about the prospects for quick action.
Agri-Pulse: Law banning abusive horse training will require more USDA involvement
- Witnesses representing several aspects of the industry testified on H.R. 1518, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced the PAST Act on April 11. It now has 223 cosponsors in the House, and its companion legislation in the Senate (S. 1406) has 26 cosponsors.
Agri-Pulse: HSUS forms advisory council of Iowa farmers
- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced today the formation an Iowa Agriculture Council of farmers and ranchers intended to increase farm animal welfare standards in what HSUS calls “intensive confinement.”
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