Daily Harvest -- 6/18/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Obama administration issues veto threat of House farm bill
- The administration issued a veto threat tonight of the House’s five-year farm bill (H.R. 1947), largely over the legislation’s proposed $20.5 billion cut to the nutrition title, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Agri-Pulse: House Rules set to whittle down farm bill amendment list Tuesday
- (Subscriber only) During an opening discussion of the bill Monday night, Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, told lawmakers that staff is working to try to consolidate many duplicative amendments and get the list down to a more manageable amount.
Agri-Pulse: USDA will buy sugar from domestic market
- USDA announced it intends to purchase sugar from domestic sugarcane or sugar beet processors for the first time since 2000.
New York Times: Fraud Used to Frame Farm Bill Debate
- When the House begins work on a farm bill this week, conservatives will target the growing food stamp program, which they complain is rife with fraud and waste. But critics say conservatives are overlooking problems in other farm programs like crop insurance.
LA Times: Farm bill should make more room for hens across the country
- The House is gearing up for a big egg fight as early as Wednesday when it takes up the proposed farm bill and whether states can regulate how agricultural products outside its borders are manufactured or raised.
Wall Street Journal: Farm Bill Foes Tangle GOP Leadership
- (Subscriber only) Conservatives on and off Capitol Hill are working to scuttle the latest rewrite of federal farm and nutrition policy, providing another glimpse of the fault lines that have roiled Republicans in the House all year.
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Purchases by U.S. Aim to Reduce Supplies
- (Subscriber only) Under a little-known program, licensed sugar refiners are allowed to circumvent U.S. regulations on sugar imports using these credits, which also require that the equivalent amount of sugar is exported, typically in the form of candy or refined sugar.
The Hill: Seven farm bill fights to watch
- The Hill outlines major amendment fights that are likely on the House floor during this week’s farm bill debate. They include regional disagreements over commodity programs and tension regarding food stamps, dairy, sugar and eggs.
Wall Street Journal: EU, U.S. Advance Free-Trade Deal
- (Subscriber only) Officials want the trade pact to be ambitious: They hope it will largely eliminate trade tariffs and harmonize regulations across a broad range of industries, greasing the gears of trans-Atlantic trade and investment.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: The U.S.D.A. Inspects Its Inspectors
- The New York Times editorial board says an Office of the Inspector General Report on the inspection of pigs proves that USDA needs more and better-trained inspectors.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Obama sends coded warning on watering down trade deal
- (Subscriber only) In launching the EU-US trade talks on Monday, Barack Obama sent a few signals to European leaders that looked like subtle warnings about the direction of the negotiations.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration momentum grows in House this week
- The House bipartisan group, which has labored for four years without releasing anything, is finally on the verge of producing a bill. The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first immigration markup on Tuesday on an enforcement-centered bill that Democrats abhor.
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