Daily Harvest -- 7/25/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House GOP continues to move on nutrition title bill
- At their monthly meeting called “Conversations with Conservatives,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., and other Republicans, said it will be difficult to come up with the 218 necessary votes to approve a nutrition title bill, and that if so, it would not happen before the August recess.
Agri-Pulse: Harden, Bonnie sail through Senate confirmation hearing
- The nominations of Krysta Harden to be deputy secretary of agriculture and Robert Bonnie to be under secretary for natural resources and the environment encountered no opposition at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing and have no apparent obstacles to Senate confirmation.
Agri-Pulse: House panel hears more calls for RFS reform
- A House Energy subcommittee heard more calls today for changes to the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), with one witness telling the panel, “If we can’t fix it, it needs to be repealed.”
Washington Post: House GOP considers food stamp work requirements, cutting spending for feeding program
- A small group of GOP lawmakers met Wednesday to discuss trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. One approach discussed in the meeting was a proposal by Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., that would allow — but not require — individual states to test work requirements.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: New SNAP programs could encourage healthy eating
- (Audio) USDA released the results of a study that tested the impact of incentivizing fruit and vegetable purchases among a small group of SNAP recipients. The pilot determined that an investment of less than 15 cents per person per day may result in a 25 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Market end-users highlight CFTC concerns
- As the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) moves forward in its expanded role with new rules regulating the market, commodity futures market end-users explained the potential impact on their businesses to House Agriculture Committee members Wednesday.
The Hill: Regulators extend review of Smithfield Foods acquisition by Chinese firm
- An interagency panel of U.S. regulators will take more time to consider the national security implications of a proposed $4.7 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods, the Virginia-based company said Wednesday.
The Hill: Lawmakers fear doubling of regulations from US-EU trade deal
- Lawmakers and business groups from a wide variety of sectors worry that one outcome could force them to have to deal with two sets of regulators, making it harder for businesses to run smoothly and wasting taxpayer resources.
Financial Times: China question divides wheat bulls and bears
- (Subscription only) How much grain will China need to import? The USDA wrongfooted the markets by more than doubling its forecasts for Chinese wheat imports for the 2013-14 crop year from 3.5m tonnes to 8m tonnes.
Des Moines Register: Iowa will have to import corn
- Iowa, the nation’s king of corn production, will have to import some of the prized kernels because this season’s dicey crop won’t meet demand, an analyst said Tuesday. Ethanol plants are returning to full production and livestock operations are growing and need more feed.
Bloomberg: Soybeans Drop a Third Day as U.S. Crop to Boost Global Reserves
- Soybeans fell to the lowest level in more than a week as rain and cooler temperatures boost optimism that production in the U.S., the biggest grower, will surge to a record. Corn rallied from a 33-month low.
Reuters: Egypt's wheat problem: how Mursi jeopardized the bread supply
- Mursi dreamt of making Egypt grow all its own wheat and allowed imported stocks to fall to precariously low levels. It hurt both the country's wheat stocks and Mursi's government.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Sign of Hope Seen in House for Immigration Overhaul
- Just where House Republicans stand on a pathway to citizenship for all of the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country remains to be determined. But on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee took up the question in a subcommittee hearing.
Agri-Pulse: New study shows regulatory issues slowing rural broadband progress
- Former FCC chief economist Simon Wilkie says his report demonstrates how implement caps on Universal Service Fund (USF) support for small telecommunications providers has the effect of chilling investment in broadband infrastructure.
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