Daily Harvest -- 6/17/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
- He may seem like an unlikely advocate, but the former mayor turned congressmen makes a great case for why rural and urban interests need to unite to pass a new farm bill this week.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: House poised to start interesting debate on farm bill
- The House is expected to take up its five-year farm bill as early as Wednesday, on the heels of a relatively uneventful two-week debate in the Senate on its farm bill. The bill could hit the floor Tuesday or Wednesday.
Stillwater News Press: Lucas says new farm bill coming
- The bill will be debated on the House floor Wednesday and Thursday and will pass after 30 to 60 amendments are considered, he said.
Des Moines Register: Farm bill faces uncertain future in U.S. House
- Farm groups and GOP lawmakers noted that even though Boehner’s support for the legislation helped win the backing from a handful of key Republicans, it still will be a fight to get it through the House.
San Francisco Chronicle: Milk money: Farm bill could hinge on dairy vote
- Lobbying has been intense on both sides. Peterson and Goodlatte, both former chairmen of the agriculture panel, have been aggressively making their case to colleagues individually and speaking at caucus meetings.
Bloomberg: Sushi Aid in $1 Trillion U.S. Farm Bill Irks Watchdogs
- Vince Smith, a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University, said at a briefing on Capitol Hill last week that the House farm bill “is about as bad a bill as I could think of writing as an economist.”
Politico: House set to begin on farm bill
- To the surprise of many, the powerful corn and soybean lobbies are backing a Midwest floor challenge to the new price-loss program crafted by the House Agriculture Committee, which is already struggling to win what’s expected to be a close vote on final passage.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has tried to curb soda consumption, ban smoking in parks and encourage bike riding, is taking on a new cause: requiring New Yorkers to separate their food scraps for composting.
Los Angeles Daily News: Nearly half of those eligible for food stamps refuse benefits; Many fear seeking help
- In Los Angeles County, 1.1 million low-income Americans and legal residents receive up to $200 per individual, or $668 per family of four, every month for groceries, but community activists say that’s only half of those potentially eligible.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Global ambitions: Opinions converge in favour of more open trade
- (Subscriber only) This year’s G8 gathering comes as huge steps towards substantial trade liberalisation have been launched in all the countries participating in the summit.
New York Times: China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities
- How China's government-driven effort to push the population to towns and cities is reshaping a nation that for millenniums has been defined by its rural life.
Bloomberg: Record Soybean Glut Seen Worsening as China’s Appetite Eases
- Soybean imports by China, the biggest buyer, may be lower than official U.S. forecasts, deepening a glut and weighing down prices as global reserves are set to reach a record.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Obama faces stiff resistance from Democrats on proposed free-trade pacts with Europe and Asia
- As President Barack Obama pushes an ambitious agenda to liberalize global trading, political trade wars already are forming, and they're with fellow Democrats rather than with Republicans, his usual antagonists.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: The E.P.A. Backs Off on Factory Farms
- The New York Times editorial board suggests the EPA’s patchwork of regulations “suits the factory-farm industry all too well.”
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: House Judiciary to mark up series of immigration bills next week
- The Judiciary panel will attempt to send two proposals to the chamber floor. The first, which is designed to bolster the enforcement of immigration laws in the nation's interior, will be marked up Tuesday; the second, which relates to the guest-worker program catering to the nation's agriculture industry, will follow.
Wall Street Journal: Taking on Immigration, One Bit at a Time
- (Subscriber only) As the Senate moves toward passing the broadest immigration bill in a generation, the House is about to serve up the issue in small slices. The man wielding the knife is House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R., Va., whose panel meets Tuesday to take the House's first formal action on immigration legislation.
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