Daily Harvest -- 11/19/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Two major farmer organizations to square off at 2013 Farm Journal Forum
- “Point Counterpoint: Policy Innovations and Implications for Implementation,” will be moderated by Sara Wyant, editor of Agri-Pulse, and will feature Mary Kay Thatcher and Chandler Goule.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: SOARing into a regional future in Appalachian Kentucky
- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers announced a new initiative they are co-sponsoring--the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Summit, to be held in Pikeville, Kentucky on December 9. The summit is an example of rural people and places collaborating to advance creative new approaches which inspire common commitments to a brighter future, writes Chuck Fluharty.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack focuses on positives with farm broadcasters
- (Audio) In his comments to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack focused on the record level of agricultural exports and opportunities to expand trade in the upcoming Trans Pacific Partnership and EU Free Trade Agreements.
The Hill: Members urge adoption of House farm bill dairy provisions
- The dairy fight in the farm bill conference continues to simmer, with a group of House members calling on the farm bill conference to abandon controls on milk production.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Food Stamp Costs Swelled by States Spending $1 for Heat
- Congressional critics looking to cut the nation’s food stamp bill -- which has doubled in the past five years -- are pointing to what some say is a loophole in the law.
Washington Post: Four agriculture committee members seek timeline on poultry inspection proposal
- Four members of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture are among the latest in Congress to write to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding a proposal to change how safety inspections are done in poultry plants.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Agricultural, food organizations press Congress to battle trade barriers
- A coalition of agricultural and food organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council urged Congress today to establish criteria for revoking a country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market if it fails to give U.S. products treatment consistent with international trade rules.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Meatpackers Fight New Country-of-Origin Labels
- Big U.S. meatpackers are appealing to Congress in a last-ditch effort to stave off new federal labeling rules that require more information about the origins of beef, pork and other meats.
Wall Street Journal: Obama's Trade Jeopardy
- President Obama's second-term agenda is in tatters, and now his declining clout is jeopardizing a rare pro-growth proposal—freer trade with Asia and Europe. He needs to spend political capital to head off a bipartisan revolt on Capitol Hill.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Settlement requires pesticide studies for California red-legged frog
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will need to complete biological opinions on seven different pesticides for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding their effects on the California red-legged frog, as mandated by a settlement approved by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
LA Times: As Pentagon invests in green fuel, critics focus on the cost
- The Obama administration has made the military, the largest consumer of energy in the country, a financial lifeline for cash-strapped alternative fuel innovators. But the pilot voyage of the Navy's "great green fleet" came with a troubling aspect: price.
Brownfield: Farmers respond to EPA announcement
- As farmers shared dialogue with the Administrator, they called the scale back a “punch in the gut” and said Friday’s announcement “killed agriculture’s golden goose”.
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