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Daily Harvest -- 7/15/2013
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Politico: King: Farm bill got too political
Link - The split-bill strategy used to pass the farm bill in the House has "politicized the farm bill for the first time in a long, long time," Iowa Rep. Steve King said Sunday. He said he opposed splitting the bill because it takes away the ability to reform the SNAP program.

Detroit Free Press: Nancy Kaffer: Farm bill shouldn't wipe out food stamps
Link - Kaffer, a Detroit Free Press columnist, criticized House Republicans for passing a farm bill without food stamps. “That any children go hungry in this rich nation is a sin, but through programs like SNAP, we’ve been able to soften the impacts of poverty,” she says.

Associated Press: FACT CHECK: Farm bill doesn't end food stamps
Link - Angry Democrats took to the House floor to say Republicans would increase hunger in America by stripping food stamps from the farm bill. In reality, the lack of congressional action on food stamps could keep the $80 billion-a-year program untouched by the cuts that each party had proposed.

LA Times: House GOP farm bill rewards the rich, slams the poor
Link - The opinion piece comments on the farm bill passed through the House, saying it would eliminate the direct payments program, but it would still funnel billions of dollars to agribusinesses that don't need the help, while distorting markets and raising prices for consumers.

Politico: Schieffer: House farm bill 'like welfare for the wealthy'
Link - CBS "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer on Sunday took a swipe at the farm bill passed by the House earlier this month for giving money to large corporations while failing to include nutrition assistance.

LA Times: House OKs bill that would limit California's egg law
Link - The House on Thursday approved a bill that would prevent California from requiring that eggs imported into the state be produced under standards ensuring that hens can spread their wings.


Wall Street Journal: FDA Proposes Arsenic Limit for Apple Juice Makers
Link - (Subscription only) The new stance signals that the agency is moving forward on restricting trace levels of arsenic in food, partly in response to pressure from consumer groups. The FDA's new threshold sets the same the same 10-parts-per-billion standard that the Environmental Protection Agency imposes for drinking water.


The New York Times: We Need Oil. They Need Pig.
Link - Some senators are objecting to a large Chinese food producer, Shuanghui International, buying Smithfield. The fear is that China would somehow control the pork we eat or, perhaps worse, get our critical pork production technology and our secrets of manure management.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Anti-GM attitudes are harming the hungry
Link - The column in this Australian publication characterizes green attitudes to GM technology as representing “at best a quaint conservatism and at worst green cultural imperialism.”

Financial Times: Transatlantic trade talks make positive start
Link - (Subscriber only) Top US and EU negotiators dubbed the first round of transatlantic trade talks a success, shrugging off tensions over issues such as US surveillance programmes that had escalated in the past few weeks.


Politico: Outside groups not pitch perfect on immigration
Link - Pro-business and religious groups — constituencies that typically hold sway in the GOP-controlled House — are flooding the TV airwaves, purchasing full-page newspaper ads and sending letters to Capitol Hill in support of reform. But many conservative lawmakers simply don’t feel the urgency.


USA Today: Want a job? Agriculture industry teeming with them
Link - Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, said while there has been an increase in the number of students enrolled in agriculture at U.S. universities, "that's not been enough to keep up with the demand that we've got in the workforce.”

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