Daily Harvest -- 7/10/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Wall Street Journal: As Agriculture Booms, Farm Bill Gets Yawns
- (Subscription only) Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, said stronger incomes from higher prices on commodity crops like corn and soybeans have left farmers less willing to fight for federal support.
Agri-Pulse: To split or not to split the farm bill
- (Audio) Momentum seems to building for a vote in the House for farm-only farm bill. During a town hall meeting last week in Oklahoma, House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas, R-Okla., indicated he expects leadership to split the bill, but he'd rather not see it happen.
Agri-Pulse: GOP leaders hope to split the farm bill, change permanent law
- (Subscription only) Fresh from a GOP conference meeting, Rep. Steve King, R- Iowa, told members of the American Soybean Association that Republican leaders plan to split the farm bill into two parts, voting only on the farm portion of the legislation and setting aside the nutrition portion.
Bloomberg: U.S. House to Split Food Stamps From Farm Bill, Aide Says
- Removing food stamps and other nutrition programs for low-income Americans from the farm bill may enable Republican leaders to gain support within their own ranks to pass the agricultural subsidies without the support of Democrats.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Kroger Agrees to Buy Grocer Harris Teeter for $2.5 Billion
- Kroger Co., the largest U.S. grocery-store chain, agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc for $2.5 billion in cash to bolster its presence in the southeastern part of the country.
Washington Post: French restaurants acknowledge serving factory-frozen food
- In a survey conducted for the National Union of Hotel, Restaurant and Cafe Operators, a third of French restaurants acknowledged serving such factory-frozen products to clients.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Lawsuit filed over new COOL rule
- (Audio) Eight meat lobby groups alleged the Country-of-Origin rule violates the Constitution by compelling speech in the form of meat labels as well as being financially irresponsible rule forced on meat producers.
Bloomberg: Meat Producers Sue Over Country-of-Origin Labeling Rules
- U.S. meat industry groups, joined by Canadian counterparts, sued the Agriculture Department seeking to block rules requiring meat producers to increase the amount of information about countries of origin on their products.
Agri-Pulse: Congress says US-China meetings should address trade barriers
- Congress members said this week's meetings of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) present a chance to address China's barriers to U.S. trade.
Agri-Pulse: Indonesian import suspension lifted
- The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on July 9 that an Indonesian ban on a U.S. agricultural product has been lifted.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Coca-Cola and World Wildlife Fund set new conservation goals
- The Coca-Cola Company and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced new 2020 environmental goals for the Coca-Cola system today, including efforts to sustainably source key agricultural ingredients.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: In meeting, Democrats say path to citizenship is a must
- Congressional Democrats are drawing a firm line in the immigration debate: No reform without a path to citizenship. The four Democratic members of the Senate Gang of Eight pressed that point to their House counterparts in a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning.
Politico: Immigration reform heads for slow death
- In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House.
Kansas City Star: The aging American farmer: Who will work the land next?
- Though many farmers are clearly working well into the traditional retirement years, thousands of farms soon will be changing hands. How that occurs could reshape the industry that drives much of the economy in middle America.
Reuters: US grain buyers face record premiums, final sting from 2012 drought
- Last year's U.S. drought, the worst since the Dust Bowl, is delivering its final sting to major grains buyers like Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge Ltd and Cargill Inc, who are paying record-high premiums for dwindling supplies of last year's crops.
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