Daily Harvest -- 7/2/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: The Next Borlaug Century
- Contributor Marshall Matz reflects on Dr. Borlaug’s contributions and notes that scientists can show us how to achieve global food security only if political leaders around the world provide the right policy environment.
The Hill: Lawmaker pushing to split farm bill finding 'a lot of interest' in GOP
- Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told Tea Party activists from Americans for Prosperity that his colleagues are rallying behind the idea of splitting the farm bill
USA Today: House Republicans to try farm bill again in July
- Republican leaders in the U.S. House plan to take up the farm bill again this month, but they are still reviewing what the legislation should look like says Rep. Steve King.
Washington Post: Once a bastion of cooperation, farm bill vote shows partisanship eroding urban-rural alliance
- The recent defeat of this year's farm bill - traditionally a sturdy, albeit lonely pillar of cooperation in Washington - highlighted how the country-city political marriage became yet another victim of partisan politics in polarizing times.
Roll Call: Farm Bill Split Won’t Appease Club for Growth
- The Club for Growth would Key Vote against both the farm subsidies and food stamp program if they were considered separately.
Washington Post: End food stamps, with a caveat
- Editorial writer Charles Lane says Congress would have to distribute the SNAP budget among other programs for the poor, for which many SNAP recipients also qualify.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: This terrifying chart shows we’re not growing enough food to feed the world
- It’s a question that keeps crop scientists up at night: How are we possibly going to feed the world over the next few decades?
Agri-Pulse: Fourth of July picnic costs under $6 per person, survey says
- A picnic including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade, and chocolate milk is affordable this summer, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Spy Claims Send Chill Ahead of Trade Talks
- French President François Hollande, abandoning the usual niceties of trans-Atlantic dialogue, told the U.S. to stop spying on European diplomatic outposts and suggested that coming free trade talks between the EU and U.S. now hang in the balance.
Agri-Pulse: Corn growers provide negotiating advice for USTR
- NCGA’s Pam Johnson looks at priorities, concerns for corn growers in upcoming trade negotiations.
Financial Times: Public face of $40bn project to boost China-Latin America links
- (Subscriber only) When complete, the Nicaragua Canal should lower transport costs for shipping oil from Latin America to China. This article looks at the man behind the ambitious project.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
USA Today: Odd alliance could be key to deal on immigration bill
- Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, S.C., and Democrat Luis Gutierrez of Chicago, Ill., are about as far apart in manner and ideology as they could be but are forging a new friendship around immigration reform.
NY Times: G.O.P. Groups Offering Cover for Lawmakers on Immigration
- Many of the most powerful and well-financed forces in the GOP are moving to provide cover for Sen. Rubio and Republicans like him who are pushing to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.
Agri-Pulse: Surprising acreage report from USDA
- NASS reports more corn acres outside of the corn belt and analysts react.
Denver Post: WWOOF experiences cheaper way to try farming, get fit on vacation
- Many adventurous travelers familiar with WWOOF — Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms — know it as a network pairing volunteers with organic farmers throughout the world.
The Daily Beast: Sen. Jerry Moran Advocates Drones for Agriculture
- While many in the U.S. are split on how to view drones, some politicians are trying to change the perception of drones by highlighting their potential in an unlikely sector: agriculture.
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