Daily Harvest -- 7/26/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Bill would prevent EPA from releasing private information
- Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have introduced the Farmer Identity Protection Act (S. 1343) to prevent EPA from releasing private data of producers under Freedom of Information Act requests.
Agri-Pulse: Moves in Congress to protect producer information
- (Audio) The Farmer Identity Protection Act (S. 1343) comes in response to the EPA’s release of farmers’ names and identification to activist groups earlier this year.
Agri-Pulse: Senate Agriculture Committee approves Harden, Bonnie nominations
- The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee unanimously approved today the nominations of Krysta Harden to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture and Robert Bonnie to serve as under secretary for natural resources and the environment.
Politico: The Cantor-Boehner farm bill two-step
- Rep. Marcia Fudge, signaled Thursday that she is prepared to make new concessions on food stamps to advance Farm Bill talks with the Senate. But having met face to face with Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week, Fudge said she came away more skeptical that he is willing to get a deal.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: New USDA food price data shows moderate 2014 inflation
- USDA’s Economic Research Service’s (ERS) forecast of the 2014 food Consumer Price Index (CPI) - which measures the average change over time in the prices paid by consumers for a “representative market basket” of foods - will hover between 2.5 and 3.5 percent over 2013 levels.
The Hill: Bill would end tax break for firms selling junk food to kids
- Companies who sell food out of line with federal dietary guidelines would be unable to write off expenses stemming from advertising campaigns directed at children, including TV and radio spots, celebrity endorsements and a range of promotions.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers raise drug safety concerns in Smithfield buyout
- House lawmakers raised drug safety concerns about Chinese meat processing company Shuanghui International’s acquisition of Smithfield Foods, the largest U.S. pork producer, in a letter to Smithfield’s CEO on Thursday. Smithfield is a major supplier of crude heparin used to manufacture the drug for surgery and dialysis patients in the United States.
Bloomberg: Agriculture Chief Predicts Resumption of Japan Wheat Buys
- Japan, which stopped buying U.S. wheat after a genetically modified variety was discovered in an Oregon field, may resume purchases as soon as next month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
UPI: Documents: GM wheat may have been spread by geese
- Agriculture Canada documents said Canada geese may have spread genetically modified wheat seeds from the Central Experimental Farm with their droppings.
Wall Street Journal: Thai Broken Rice
- (Subscription only) Ask farmers in the village of Ban Laitung what they think of the Thai government's rice subsidy scheme, and they tell you that actually, please, they'd prefer it if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stopped buying up rice harvests at prices 50 percent above market levels.
Wall Street Journal: Frozen-Chicken Crisis Illustrates Problems Facing French Exporters
- The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, on July 19 eliminated any new export subsidies for frozen chickens. The decision sent a shock wave through France in particular—the main recipient of that money.
Des Moines Register: Farmers slow to adopt technology that monitors grain bins remotely
- Companies are now installing systems with sensors and real-time readings that can deliver farmers the information they need while they remain in the safety of their farm office.
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