Daily Harvest -- 12/3/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Farm bill conferees remain optimistic while time dwindles down
- (Subscriber only) Top farm bill conferees continued today to express optimism about getting legislation done this year, while acknowledging the very real chance this debate could roll into next year.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Dr. Keith Collins
- During his tenure, federal crop insurance evolved to be the primary safety net for the majority of U.S. farmers. Collins, now a consultant for the crop insurance industry, discusses how crop insurance is an underpinning of the overall economy.
Washington Post: Farm bill talks continue with deadline approaching
- House and Senate negotiators plan to meet again this week in hopes of finishing another complicated piece of legislation before a critical, fast-approaching deadline.
Financial Times: Food stamps at the centre of US reform battle
- America’s most important welfare programme is at the centre of a political tug-of-war as a leading think tank called for reforms to strengthen food stamps, including a 30 cent rebate for every dollar spent on fruit and vegetables.
The Hill: Senate Dems vow to restore cuts to food assistance
- Sens. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said they would increase their efforts to restore cuts made to the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Politico: Big food awaits new rules in FDA pipeline
- Now that the FDA has crossed trans fat off its to-do list, look for three big food regulatory changes to come soon from the agency: menu labeling, nutrition facts and sodium.
Bloomberg: Mars Inc. to Libertarians Thwart Food Stamp Health Limits
- The Agriculture Department has rejected requests from Minnesota and New York City to impose dietary restrictions on food stamps used in those jurisdictions, saying the proposals were too broad and unworkable.
Wall Street Journal: For the Starving, 'Eat Local' Isn't an Option
- Recent studies, however, have found that local foods are often neither better for the environment nor for the poor. Shipping produce from across the world often emits less greenhouse gases than the same local produce grown with more resource-intensive methods.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA's McCarthy to stress climate control efforts during China visit
- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said today she intends to push Chinese officials on their climate control and air pollution efforts during her upcoming visit to China.
Agri-Pulse: Illinois Congresswoman urges change to EPA proposed biofuel requirements
- (Audio) Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., crafted a bipartisan letter opposing EPA’s proposed biofuel requirements. She encouraged anyone affected by the new rule to issue comments in the EPA’s public comment period for the proposal.
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