Daily Harvest -- 6/5/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Iowa rep targets rule halting summer sales of E15
- Retailers in Iowa are unable to get the proper blend stock during the summer. Congressman Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, says he could put pressure of federal regulator officials required to enforce Renewable Fuels Standard.
Politico: House GOP sets up fight with Obama on CFTC, food aid
- House draft appropriations bill spends provided $284 million less for the Food for Peace program, with none of the changes that Obama wanted to allow the purchase of more food overseas. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is effectively frozen at its current operating budget of $195 million reflecting the March sequester.
The Hill: Senate Democrats see farm bill, rural voters as key to 2014 election
- Montana and South Dakota are open seats following the announced retirements of Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Meanwhile, Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) are two of the chamber’s most vulnerable incumbents. Dan Glickman said passing a farm bill would help Democrats show voters that government can have a positive impact on their lives.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers overwhelmingly approve animal drug user fee act
- The Animal Drug User Fee Amendments (ADUFA), H.R. 1407, passed the House of Representatives last night with an overwhelming vote of 390-12. The measure authorizes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect fees for certain animal drug applications.
Agri-Pulse: Reid files cloture motion on farm bill
- Reid’s move sets a Thursday morning roll call vote on the motion to proceed with the bill. If 60 votes are cast in favor, it would drop the number of pending amendments from more than 100 to a handful, and possibly lead to final passage of S. 954 by the end of this week or early next.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Listeria Death Rate Shows U.S. Food Safety Shortcomings
- Listeria sickened 1,651 people from 2009-2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said in a report today. “No progress in reducing the overall incidence of listeriosis has occurred in over a decade,” the CDC said. “Renewed prevention efforts are needed from farm to table.”
Reuters: U.S. seeks fast test to settle GM wheat scare –Vilsack
- The U.S. government is working with private companies to develop a rapid test for genetically modified wheat in response to fears about an unapproved wheat strain, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Current tests are expensive and time consuming, and the new test is intended to be quick and easy.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
CBS: Kansas farmer sues over GMO wheat discovery
- A Kansas farmer sued Monsanto over last week's discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon, claiming the company's gross negligence. Monsanto also contended that, given the care undertaken to prevent contamination, no legal liability exists and it will present a vigorous defense.
The Guardian: US farm bill promises reduced cotton subsidies as Brazil pressure pays off
- The British publication frames the US farm bill debate as evidence the US is getting closer to bringing American cotton subsidies in line with global trade rules and would help to level the playing field for cotton farmers in the developing world.
Herald Sun: Brazil allocates billions to agriculture
- While lawmakers aim to cut supports for U.S. Agriculture, Brazil plans to increase subsidized ag loans by 18 percent to increase farm production.
EU Observer: MEPs blame governments for impasse on farm policy reform
- Governments are putting at risk plans to reform the EU's common agriculture policy (CAP) by refusing to budget in negotiations, the European Parliament said Tuesday. Farming leaders have voiced concern that failure to reach a swift deal could lead to years of delay.
Financial Times: Google expands renewable energy sourcing with Swedish wind deal
- (Subscriber only) Google struck its second renewable energy deal in less than a week, this time a 10-year agreement to buy electricity from a Swedish wind farm, following deals in Africa and West Texas in December.
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