Daily Harvest -- 6/27/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House Republicans work to formulate farm bill plan
- (Subscription only) After the GOP conference meeting Wednesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, Reps. Steve King, and Kristi Noem offer perspective on advancing a new farm bill.
Oklahoma Farm Report: Frank Lucas Evaluates 2013 House Farm Bill Defeat; Plots Course for Future Passage
- Congressman Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, spoke with Farm Director Ron Hays about the farm bill defeat and uncertain plans for its future.
USA Today: Farm bill remains in limbo as Congress weighs options
- The defeat of the farm bill in the House last week forced Republican leaders to reassess the best way to move forward, having only a handful of largely unpopular choices.
Politico: House leadership draws flak on farm bill defeat
- Almost a week after Republicans failed to pass the nearly $1 trillion, five-year agricultural package through the House, Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders are feeling the heat from frustrated lawmakers sick of screw-ups.
Agri-Pulse: House Democrats introduce Senate farm bill
- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, along with Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, introduced the bipartisan, five-year Senate farm bill in the House.
Politico: Farm bill problems could hurt USDA budget
- The House farm billÀs collapse spilled over Wednesday to the Agriculture DepartmentÀs annual budget, threatening additional cuts that would lower 2014 appropriations to levels well below the already-reduced funding set by the March sequester.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Counterfeit Food More Widespread Than Suspected
- Investigators have uncovered thousands of frauds, raising fresh questions about regulatory oversight as criminals offer bargain-hunting shoppers cheap versions of everyday products
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: EU Officials Reach Agreement Reshaping Bloc's Agriculture Policy
- European Union negotiators agreed on the 27-nation blocÀs future common agricultural policy, after two years of discussions on how to spend what may total 373.2 billion euros over seven years.
Agri-Pulse: Illinois farmers get an English view on animal welfare policies
- Illinois Farm Bureau members learned about animal welfare and GMOs, which are driving regulatory and legislative policies in the United Kingdom.
Reuters: Australian regulator approves ADM takeover of GrainCorp
- Archer Daniels Midland's takeover of bulk grain handler GrainCorp overcame its first regulatory hurdle after Australia's competition watchdog said it would not oppose the A$3 billion ($2.8 billion) deal.
Washington Post: In Israel, extreme animal rights group promotes human branding in solidarity with animals
- Animal rights group attempts to generate publicity, show solidarity with animals that are branded.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Twin Cities.com: Minnesota report blames agriculture for rising nitrate levels in surface waters
- State regulators blamed farming for rising nitrate levels in southern Minnesota surface waters in a new report Wednesday, citing the increasing use of drainage tiling as a major reason
The Advocate: Rice farmers face challenges in global market
- Rice farmers have long worried about bugs, weeds and plant diseases, but these days the local rice industry is just as concerned about world markets, Washington politics and the growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly food.
Agri-Pulse: Bee genome leading to CCD answers
- Although the mystery of CCD remains unsolved, the availability of the bee genome has transformed research on stresses experienced by honey bees, providing new insights and tools for investigating bee health.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers offer perspectives on the Renewable Fuels Standard
- Recap of comments made during WednesdayÀs House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on RFS, including EIA and EPA testimony
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Senate nearing OK of historic immigration bill offering citizenship to millions here illegally
- The Senate could approve historic immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions in the U.S. illegally and spending billions of dollars to secure the border as early as Thursday.
Agri-Pulse: Chambliss details nixed immigration bill amendments
- Sen. Saxby Chambliss took to the Senate floor Wednesday to discuss several agriculture-related amendments to the comprehensive immigration reform bill that he is not being allowed to offer due to the political complexities of the legislation.
Agri-Pulse: House Committee approves mandatory work authorization for farmers
- The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation today which would mandate the use of the federal work authorization program, E-Verify, by all employers, including farm owners.
Biz Journals: Cargill family blocks Mosaic early-buyback plan
- Fertilizer maker Mosaic Co. says it wants to move ahead on repurchase plan for $7.2 billion of shares, but it is being thwarted by heirs of the Cargill family who still control much of the stock.
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