Daily Harvest -- 6/14/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Rep. Stutzman, R-Ind., and Heritage Foundation want the farm bill and food stamps to split
- (Audio) Stutzman says the farm bill is not really a farm bill, because 80 percent of its spending goes to food stamps. The Heritage Foundation says political reasons for putting nutrition and farm policy together prevents a thoughtful discussion of both policies.
Agri-Pulse: President Obama signs 'clean' ADUFA reauthorization
- President Obama today signed a ‘clean’ Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) reauthorization into law, after months of speculation that the legislation could serve as a vehicle for anti-antibiotics legislation.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: A Rural Triangulation
- Chuck Fluharty pens an opinion piece about The End of Big, The Fate of the States, and the Washington Post coverage of the Senate Farm Bill’s “rural” definitions.
Agri-Pulse: House committee approves $1.3 billion slash in agriculture spending
- (Subscription only) The House Appropriations Committee approved Thursday its fiscal year 2014 agriculture appropriations bill that would reduce about $1.3 billion in discretionary funding from last year. The legislation, approved by voice vote, would provide $19.5 billion in funding, which is about $516 million below the president’s request.
Politico: Breast-feeding, potatoes dominate spending bill markup
- The chaotic, three-hour plus markup gave a little taste of the anticipated free-for-all next week as House Speaker John Boehner edges closer to bringing a much larger five year Farm Bill to the floor.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: LFTB lawsuit returned to state court
- A legal battle continues between Beef Products Inc. and ABC News, and the $1.2 billion lawsuit has been returned to state court. A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the lawsuit should be returned to a Union County Circuit Court in South Dakota after ABC sought to move the case to a federal court.
Agri-Pulse: Former anti-GMO activist shares his view with plant scientists
- (Subscription only) British author and environmentalist Mark Lynas described his transformation from an anti-GMO activist to a GMO crop science proponent during the Danforth Plant Science Center’s Seeds of Change event Thursday morning.
USA Today: Labels sought for genetically modified food
- Right to Know GMO, a self-described grass-roots coalition with members in 37 states, counts 26 states that have introduced labeling bills.
Wall Street Journal: Del Monte Canned-Food Business Is Up for Sale
- (Subscription only) The canned-food and pet-food company is gauging interest from potential buyers of the division, the people said, adding that the process is in the early stages. The canned-food business generates about $1.8 billion in sales annually, or about half of the company's revenue.
Food Safety News: Scientists Debate New Study on GMO-Fed Pigs
- Some experts have said the study shows evidence of a problem that warrants further study, while others have dismissed it as alarmist “junk science.” While stoking old flames, the study also highlights difficulties researchers face when patent-holders deny access to genetically modified (GM) seeds for studying.
Washington Post: Grocers say potato group illegally boosted spud prices, spied on farmers to enforce limits
- In this lawsuit, Associated Wholesale Grocers contends potato growers have banded together for a decade to illegally inflate prices in a scheme involving reducing planting acreages and destroying potatoes to restrict what is available for sale.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: G8 Science Ministers pledge to fight antibiotic resistance
- The G8 Science Ministers met in London on Wednesday as part of the UK’s G8 Presidency, where they focused on antibiotic resistance as a global danger.
Agri-Pulse: NPPC: COOL retaliation would be 'cataclysmic' for industry
- Proposed Canadian and Mexican retaliatory measures against the United States for its recently announced country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules would be “cataclysmic” for the pork industry, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) officials said during a teleconference.
Inter Press Service News Agency: Reforming U.S. Food Aid Would Eliminate 7,000-Mile Food Chain
- The Food Aid Reform Act would eliminate previous requirements that food assistance be grown in the United States and transported on U.S.-flagged ships. Advocates say the changes would deliver aid up to 14 weeks faster and reach an estimated two to four million more people.
Bloomberg: Agriculture Prices Slump After Emerging Market Currency Weakness
- Agricultural commodities fell to the lowest in almost one year as weakening currencies in emerging markets heightened speculation that farmers from Brazil to Indonesia will boost exports, adding to supplies.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Corn Belt Expands to North
- (Subscription only) Warming temperatures and hardier seeds are enabling farmers to grow corn in areas once deemed inhospitable to the crop.
NPR: Old McDonald Might Be A Lady: More Women Take Up Farming
- USDA used numbers from the Agriculture Census and found that the number of U.S. farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to 14 percent by 2007. About 42 percent of operations run by women were small, with sales of $1,000 or less.
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