Daily Harvest -- 6/21/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House rejects five-year farm bill; future now unclear
- (Subscription only) The House stunningly rejected today, by a 195-234 vote, its five-year farm bill (H.R. 1947), blowing up prospects for new long-term agricultural policy any time in the near future.
Agri-Pulse: A closer look at who voted against the farm bill
- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas acted like a “maestro” to orchestrate a new farm bill, but could not convince 234 lawmakers, including 62 from his own party, to play the same tune.
Agri-Pulse: Many lawmakers, farm groups not pleased with farm bill outcome
- Several lawmakers and agriculture groups expressed disappointment today over the House’s rejection of its five-year farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Senate Appropriations approves agriculture funding bill
- The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved an agricultural spending bill for fiscal year 2014, which provides $20.9 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Agri-Pulse: Group pushing for permanent RFS repeal
- The National Council of Chain Restaurants launched a campaign to permanently repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard.
The Hill: Cantor, Hoyer trade blame on farm bill failure
- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) blamed each other for the House's failure to pass the farm bill Thursday.
Politico: Uncertain future for farm policy
- The farm bill collapsed in the House on Thursday, the victim of continued divisions over food stamp cuts and the shape of future agriculture subsidies.
Politico: The dysfunctional House
- The defeat of the farm bill — after both parties were privately bullish it would pass with large margins — shows, once again, how massively dysfunctional the House and its leadership has become.
Washington Post: The House farm bill unexpectedly failed. So what happens next?
- So now House Republicans will either have to start over — or, possibly, go to conference without a bill and try to negotiate something with the Senate.
Fox News: Coburn asks USDA to explain spending thousands on alcohol and free lunches
- The department is facing criticism from Republican Sen. Tom Coburn for shelling out massive amounts of money on subsidies for island homes for the wealthy, vodka and celebrity chef junkets.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: U.S. Approves a Label for Meat From Animals Fed a Diet Free of Gene-Modified Products
- It is the first time that the department, which regulates meat and poultry processing, has approved a non-G.M.O. label claim.
BBC: GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary
- Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Agriculture senators want tough oversight of Smithfield sale
- Fifteen of the 20 members of the Senate Agriculture Committee urged the Obama Administration today to scrutinize the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to China’s Shuanghui International for its potential impact food security, food safety and biosecurity and safeguarding intellectual property.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Fox News: At least 25,000 bumble bees found dead in Oregon parking lot
- Thousands of dead and dying bees have been found in the parking lot of a shopping center in Wilsonville, Ore., southwest of Portland. Oregon officials say their preliminary investigation indicates blooming trees in the lot were recently sprayed with an insecticide known to be toxic to bees.
Forbes: White House Preps Carbon Tax - Let's Call It 'ObamaAir'
- An aide to the president said Obama aims to start the ball rolling in “the weeks ahead” on legislation that will limit emissions not just from new power plants, but old ones as well.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
International Business Times: Immigration Reform Bill: Dreamers, Agriculture Workers Exempt Under Hoeven-Corker Border Security Amendment
- A border surge amendment to the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration reform bill will require five tough conditions be met before any green cards are given to anyone -- with the exception of DREAMers and agriculture workers.
Agri-Pulse: FBI investigates GE crop destruction
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that an unknown person or group of people destroyed two plots of land owned by Syngenta and used to grow genetically engineered sugar beets in Jackson County, Oregon, earlier this month.
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