Daily Harvest -- 12/19/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senate approves two-year budget, sending bill to Obama
- The Senate approved today, with a 64-36 vote, a two-year budget bill (H.J. Res. 59) that seeks to ease sequestration rates for some federal agencies and to avoid another government shutdown in January.
Des Moines Register: Iowa View: King amendment is vital to Iowa agriculture
- In this column by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, he says the King amendment is simply designed to prevent California or any state from dictating production methods to farmers in Iowa or any other state.
New York Times: Food Stamp Fraud, Rare but Troubling
- As Republicans in Congress demand cuts to the $79.8 billion food stamp program, every aspect of it is being examined, including whether people should be allowed to buy candy bars and energy drinks with the aid, and who qualifies for help that averages out to about $133 a month for one person.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Whole Foods to Stop Selling Chobani Yogurt
- Whole Foods said it will stop selling Chobani Inc. yogurt by early next year to make more room for smaller, exclusive brands, especially those that are organic, or don't contain genetically modified ingredients.
Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers urge that Chinese poultry be blocked from school lunches
- Fourteen bipartisan members of the House of Representatives urged lawmakers Wednesday to block Chinese poultry from school lunches and other national nutrition programs because of the country’s poor food safety record.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Ag trade priorities for China visit
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is part of delegation visiting China this week. He said they continue to have conversations with China about access to their market. Many challenges exit with the country, including recent shipments of corn that have been deferred or delayed.
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture groups threaten to oppose TPP
- A coalition of agricultural organizations indicated Wednesday they may oppose a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement if it includes Japan.
Washington Post: Obama to nominate Sen. Baucus as ambassador to China
- President Obama plans to nominate outgoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as the next U.S. ambassador to China. The White House and Baucus declined to comment Wednesday on the pick, but Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and several Senate aides and Baucus allies confirmed the decision.
Reuters: Ag issues on agenda as China corn rejections roil market
- The United States could raise the issue of China's recent rejection of several U.S. corn cargoes at trade talks this week, an official said on Wednesday. A full range of agricultural trade issues for the two countries is expected to be on the agenda at the high-level talks, but the corn issue has emerged as perhaps the most pressing.
Reuters: Brazil GMO planting to increase by 6.8 percent this season
- Brazil will increase the amount of land planted with genetically modified soy, corn and cotton by 6.8 percent this season to increase yields, local analytics firm Celeres said on Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal: Brazil Moves Toward Possible Trade Measures Against U.S.
- Brazil's Trade Ministry took a step Wednesday toward implementing measures in response to the U.S. halting payments to Brazilian cotton agreements. The ministry said it would start, in January, a series of public consultations, which it described as "a preparatory act for an eventual retaliation."
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