Daily Harvest -- 6/26/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Obama administration threatens veto of House agriculture appropriations bill
- After threatening to veto the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the farm bill last week, the Obama administration notified lawmakers that it “strongly opposes” passage of an ag spending bill and details why.
The Hill: Candy companies gain ground in war with sugar producers over subsidies
- America’s sugar producers are feeling the heat after the House narrowly defeated an attempt to scale back subsidies, price supports and quotas that benefit their industry.
Agri-Pulse: Poll: rural people feel politicians, government ignore them
- Rural voters in the Great Plains, Midwest and Southeast believe that elected officials ignore small communities and fail to invest in their future, according to a new poll.
Dickinson Press: Cramer: Extremists to blame for farm bill defeat
- Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., expressed frustration over extremists in both parties who rejected the farm bill because it wasn’t perfect in their view.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Packer: Experts share secrets, science behind food safety
- Solutions to food safety problems are usually common sense best practices, but without commitment from top management, no company in the fresh produce supply chain can achieve adequate food safety measures
New York Times: The True Deservers of a Food Prize
- NY Times columnist Mark Bittman attacks World Food Prize for recognizing those who combat hunger by using science and biotechnology.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: EU Nears Agreement on Farm Subsidy Reform
- (Subscription only.) European Union negotiators are pushing for a final agreement Wednesday on a long-awaited overhaul of the bloc's farm subsidy program that will cut funding to Europe's largest agricultural producers.
Financial Times: Guest post: Russia as the world’s new bread basket
- With 40m hectares of uncultivated tillable land, Russia has the potential to become the world’s number one cereal producer and provide the global bridge between food supply and demand.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: President Details Sweeping Climate Policies
- A far-reaching plan to fight climate change detailed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday would profoundly reshape the way the U.S. produces and consumes electricity.
New York Times: Clean Air Act, Reinterpreted, Would Focus on Flexibility and State-Level Efforts
- President Obama is staking part of his legacy on a big risk: that he can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by stretching the intent of a law decades old and not written with climate change in mind.
The Hill: Obama offers Keystone surprise in climate change agenda speech
- President Obama said Tuesday he will approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if it does not substantially increase greenhouse gas emissions, a surprise announcement ambiguous enough to leave both sides thinking they’d heard good news.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: Agriculture Still a Sore Point in Immigration Bill
- Mounting political and procedural hurdles made striking a deal increasingly unlikely over proposed changes to the bill’s carefully negotiated section on agricultural guest workers.
Financial Times: CFTC plans civil suit against Corzine over MF Global collapse
- (Subscription only) The US regulator charged with overseeing MF Global is planning to file a civil suit against Jon Corzine, the former chief executive of the collapsed brokerage.
Politico: Bye-bye 'Meatless Mondays'
- The short-lived nutrition venture in the Longworth cafeteria ended quickly this month after pork and other livestock interests complained to the House Administration Committee.
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