Daily Harvest -- 7/3/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: More than 500 groups urge Boehner to bring farm bill back
- More than 500 agriculture-related organizations wrote a letter today to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, urging him to bring the farm bill (H.R. 1947) back to the House floor as soon as possible.
Kansas City Star: Urban-rural alliance breaks down on farm bill vote
- 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.
New York Times: Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power
- Analysts said the 234 to 195 vote illustrated the shift in the American population and political power to more urban areas.
Capital Press: Milk supply management remains center of farm bill debate
- House members' failure to pass a farm bill in their latest attempt is not discouraging to opponents of milk supply management. And proponents of supply management, while disappointed in the passage of the Goodlatte-Scott amendment, are hopeful that farm bill conferees in the House and Senate will eventually reinstate supply management in the final bill.
Stillwater News Press: Lucas will do "what I have to do" to pass 2013 farm bill
- Congress will lose a golden opportunity to reform the food stamp program if social nutrition programs are stripped from the 2013 farm bill to smooth its approval in the House, U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas said Tuesday.
Perham Focus: 'People blew it up on purpose,' Peterson says of farm bill
- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson said changes to food stamps sabotaged a new Farm Bill in the House of Representatives, but he is pushing for new legislation.
The Washington Post: Abolish food stamps; there’s a better way
- Charles Lane of the Washington Post’s editorial board argues Congress should abolish the food stamps program. In that case, Congress would have to distribute the SNAP budget among other programs for the poor, for which many SNAP recipients also qualify.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Gov. Nixon vetoes 2 Missouri agricultural measures
- Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday vetoed agriculture legislation that would have ended a decades-old state ban on foreign ownership of Missouri farmland.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Kansas City Star: Kansas is playing a vital role in protecting our food
- Stephen Higgs, the research director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., discusses the challenges of bio-terrorism his institute addresses.
Agri-Pulse: Fourth of July picnic costs under $6 per person, survey says
- The average price for a traditional July 4th picnic this year costs less than $6 per person, according to an informal survey released Monday by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Dutch poultry facility targets consumer niche with premium eggs
- Despite economic challenges, a Dutch-based company is taking the costly risk to sell eggs raised in unique conditions that go beyond EU requirements.
Chicago Tribune: Exclusive: Cargill explores purchase of ADM's cocoa unit – source
- Cargill Inc, one of the world's leading cocoa traders, has explored the possibility of buying Archer Daniels Midland Co's cocoa business, a source familiar with the situation said, a purchase that would create a global giant in the sector.
Christian Science Monitor: Has NSA spying put US-EU trade deal on the rocks?
- Revelations that the United States has systematically spied on Europe are threatening what is being billed as a pivotal moment for the transatlantic relationship: the start of negotiations next week for a major trade deal.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Beaumont Enterprise: Environmental group seeks to limit farm runoff
- The general manager of Des Moines Water Works said Tuesday the agency might be forced to sue the government if state regulators and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fail to limit the nitrate levels that enter rivers from farm field fertilizer runoff.
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