Daily Harvest -- 7/12/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House approves five-year farm bill without nutrition title
- The House approved, on a partisan 216-208 vote, a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) Thursday, which would strip the nutrition program from the rest of the farm policy legislation.
Washington Post: Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding
- House leaders and their aides conceded Thursday that they were so consumed by simply passing the pared-down bill that they haven’t figured out what to do next.
Bloomberg: House-Passed Farm Bill Deemed Flawed by Senate Democrats
- The Republican measure severing food stamps from farm programs that were linked for decades makes the bill “extremely flawed,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the likely leader of that chamber’s negotiating team.
Agri-Pulse: After farm bill split, farm groups seek a make-up in conference
- The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote and passage of a farm bill without the nutrition title (HR 2642) today triggered confusion among the nation’s farm groups, but all agreed to push for an immediate conference with the Senate.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Governing from the middle or not
- Mark Edelman, professor of Economics at Iowa State University, and Barry Flinchbaugh, emeritus professor of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, debate the 39-vote margin on the first House farm bill (FARRM) and what it actually means for bi-partisan cooperation.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Crop yields endure, corn stocks increase in USDA report
- The July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released today by USDA shows no change in the projected corn and soybean yields from last month, maintaining record expectations. The report also raised estimates for domestic corn supplies next year.
Wall Street Journal: Disease Kills Shrimp Output, Pushes U.S. Prices Higher
- Asia is fighting a new disease that has reduced shrimp output in Thailand as much as 40%, driving prices higher for Western restaurants and retailers.
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Purchases Not So Sweet
- USDA sugar purchases – over 90,000 tons – are aimed at boosting U.S. sugar futures, which have hit a series of record lows over the last month. But prices have actually fallen 2.1% since June 17, when the USDA announced its intentions to buy sugar.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Boost for campaign to curb food-based biofuels in EU
- (Subscriber only) A campaign to curb food-based biofuels in the EU gained momentum on Thursday after MEPs voted to cap their use being put towards EU environmental targets. The parliament’s environment committee approved legislation that would prevent member states from using such biofuels, often made from corn, sugar cane or rape, to satisfy more than 5.5 per cent of a 10 per cent EU target for renewable fuels.
Washington Post: China: Substantive negotiations with US on a bilateral investment treaty can begin soon
- China agreed Thursday to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty with the United States, a move hailed by Washington as a significant step in the Asian giant’s economic reforms that could level the playing field for American businesses.
Kansas City Star: Consumer groups fret as first round of European trade talks nears end
- As negotiators prepare to end the first round of talks in Washington on Friday, many consumer groups in the United States and Europe fear their governments will be a little too flexible, rushing to help corporations cash in on billions of dollars in new business.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Parties seek advantage in immigration dance
- Top lawmakers have already begun informally whipping Democratic members and talking to Democratic leaders about proposals like beefed-up border security, E-Verify, more high-tech visas and some pathway to legal status. The theory is that each bill would pass with a different coalition.
The Hill: House Republicans crafting DREAM Act-like immigration bill
- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are drafting legislation to provide a path to citizenship for immigrant children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, their offices said Thursday.
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