Daily Harvest -- 12/17/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: A Change in Strategy or Tactics?
- Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh discuss the likelihood of a bi-partisan farm bill getting done in January 2014. A change of tactics in the policy arena may just be in time for the holiday season.
National Journal: A Lesson in Humanity From Bob Dole
- Could former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole be a role model in convincing a new generation of conservative House Republicans to vote for a farm bill that cuts food stamps by only $8 billion over 10 years?
Washington Post: Why do we even need a farm bill?
- This obesity-plagued nation is ankle-deep in cheap food. U.S. agriculture is so productive that even natural disaster doesn’t threaten food supply as much as it once did, writes Charles Lane in this editorial.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: As comment period closes, USDA approval of biotech apples looks likely
- An apple bioengineered to resist browning will be one step closer to non-regulated status after 11:59 pm today - when the comment period closes for the Arctic apples' plant-pest risk and environmental assessments.
Agri-Pulse: Senators urge Vilsack to move rule to update USDA poultry inspection system
- A bipartisan group of 13 senators sent a letter Friday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to advance a proposal to modernize USDA's poultry inspection system.
Agri-Pulse: Arguments set on ABC's motion to dismiss defamation claims over LFT Beef
- A state judge in South Dakota is scheduled to hear oral arguments tomorrow on ABC News' motion to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation suit brought by Beef Products Inc. (BPI).
Washington Post: Waiting for the 8th
- In a country where 7 million people had been receiving food assistance for a decade or longer, the challenge for some in government was how to wean the next generation from a cycle of long-term dependency.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Report: Diseases of animal origin on the rise
- Population growth, agricultural expansion, and the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread, according to an FAO report released today.
EurActiv: EU ministers give farm policy final political seal
- EU ministers gave their final political approval today (16 December) for the Common Agricultural Policy, which sets out the European Union's farming strategy for 2014-2020.
Wall Street Journal: Tea-Party Resistance Clouds Push for Major Trade Pacts
- The rise of a vocal conservative contingent with antitrade views adds another hazard in the intricate politics of trade, just as Washington is pushing two major pacts, one with Asian-Pacific countries and another with Europe.
The Hill: White House gets up to speed on status of trade agenda
- The Obama administration officials specifically talked about moving forward with trade promotion authority (TPA) and the next steps needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with negotiations set to continue next month.
Wall Street Journal: CFTC Is Poised to Expand Its Reach Overseas
- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is moving to force overseas financial firms to comply with certain U.S. rules, according to an official familiar with the process, a move likely to stoke criticism the U.S. is bidding to become the de facto global financial regulator.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Cotton producers provide neonic input
- (Audio) Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides under increasing scrutiny because of their possible negative impact on honey bees. Industry leaders recently met in Chicago to provide input on a new neonicotinoid cost-benefit study.
Agri-Pulse: Court lifts hold on horse slaughter
- Horse slaughter operations may be able to move forward after a federal appeals court on Friday lifted a temporary hold on USDA inspections of the facilities.
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