Daily Harvest -- 7/22/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill conference on the horizon
- The highly-anticipated conference of the Senate and the House farm bills is likely to take more shape this week as both chambers are poised to appoint their conferees, but no one seems to know how long it will be until the formal conference can begin.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Dr. Richard Raymond
- Dr. Richard Raymond, former Undersecretary for Food Safety with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, addresses the social and political ramifications of use of antibiotics and growth promotants in livestock.
Agri-Pulse: Cong. Conaway discusses way forward on farm bill
- Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, spoke to the southern peanut industry this week about the farm bill, where he said the House will pass stand-alone nutrition bill sometime this month or possibly in September.
National Journal: Farm Bill's Roots in Old Laws Should Be Sustained
- Confusion abounds about what is permanent and what is not in the farm bill. Author Jerry Hagstrom provides a guide.
Wall Street Journal: Food Stamps Hamstring Agriculture Talks
- (Subscription only) Senators of both parties are rejecting removal of food-stamp funding from a multiyear farm bill, setting up a clash with conservative House Republicans who want to pare back federal nutrition programs
The Hill: Cantor vague on process for CR, farm bill conference
- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Friday offered no clues as to how the House would handle a continuing spending resolution for 2014, or when House Republicans would seek a conference with the Senate on the farm bill.
Wall Street Journal: Politics Counts: The Complicated Farm-Bill Math
- The current understanding of the great agriculture subsidy/food stamp, Republican/Democrat divide misses a lot of subtleties. The spread of agriculture offices and poverty around the country means the Farm Bill’s lines between Democratic and Republican counties are much more blurry.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The New York Times: Our Coming Food Crisis
- The heat wave currently blanketing the Western states will undeniably diminish both the quality and quantity of crops such as salad greens, dry beans, onions, melons, hops, barley, wheat and citrus fruits, writes a research scientist at the University of Arizona in this opinion piece.
LA Times: Michelle Obama's nutrition campaign comes with political pitfalls
- Some who see themselves as Obama's allies in the fight against obesity believe her desire to create partnerships with industry kept her quiet when her voice would have counted most. Fourteen companies that back Obama's anti-obesity campaign helped kill the voluntary advertising guidelines, lobbying reports and other records show.
LA Times: Program promoting U.S.-grown foods divides California Republicans
- In this era of federal austerity, appetites are souring over spending taxpayer money on dinner parties in India featuring California prunes, cartoons in Spain touting homegrown walnuts and billboards in South Korea extolling American beef.
New York Daily News: Chobani Yogurt may land sweet school deal with $11 billion federal lunch program
- The Department of Agriculture has approved Greek yogurt for a pilot program in four states, including New York. Chobani and other competing firms have until Monday to show the feds different versions of what they’d serve, and then await selection of the winners.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Abe Boosting Rice Output Means Deeper Slump in Corn Imports
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to double farm income and expand Japan’s feed-rice output eightfold over the next decade may accelerate a decline in corn imports, according to the farm ministry.
BBC: Japan poll: PM Abe seeks stable government after win
- His ruling coalition may have won at least 76 of the 121 seats contested, potentially giving Mr Abe control of both houses of parliament - a first for a prime minister in six years - and boosting his government which wants to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration faces critical weeks
- August is certain to become a storm of dueling town halls, rallies and lobbying efforts on both sides, so how lawmakers handle the next two weeks will be critical
Des Moines Register: After a springtime of floods, Iowa fields now approach drought
- “You go from three weeks ago and the wettest conditions this ground has ever seen, to worried about it being hot and dry,” says Mark Kenney, 33, who lives in Ankeny but farms north of Nevada.
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