Daily Harvest -- 7/31/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Iowa cellulosic project helps cause for RFS
- (Audio) Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) needs to be defended and that the groundbreaking of new cellulosic ethanol project in his home state this week shows how progress is being made toward better biofuels.
New York Times: House Plan on Food Stamps Would Cut 5 Million From Program
- The Health Impact Project, a Washington research group, released a study on Tuesday about the impact of the proposed cuts to the food stamp program. In total, about 5.1 million people would be eliminated from the program, according to a new report.
National Journal: Lawmaker in the Middle
- If there was a referee in the fight over a federal biofuels mandate, it would be Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill. Shimkus represents a sprawling district in Southern Illinois that is home or close to home to at least two oil refineries and five ethanol plants.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Prices Jump Ahead of USDA Purchases
- Domestic-sugar futures rose to 3 1/2-month highs Tuesday as the market anticipated the latest round of sugar purchases by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA said last week that it planned to buy $18.7 million of domestic sugar Tuesday, after buying $43.8 million of such purchases earlier this month.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USTR outlines ambitious trade deals as Froman term begins
- The new U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Michael Froman met with agricultural stakeholders and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week, providing his perspective on ongoing trade deals and accompanying challenges.
Bloomberg: Australia Needs Overseas Capital in Agriculture, Minister Says
- Australia, the third-biggest wheat exporter, should welcome overseas investment in its agricultural industries to improve infrastructure and efficiency as Asian food demand climbs, said Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon.
Wall Street Journal: China Blocks Imports of Arkansas Poultry
- China has stopped importing poultry products from Arkansas, federal agriculture officials told members of the state's congressional delegation Tuesday, after birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian flu in June.
The Hill: White House still looking to get fast-track trade authority through Congress
- USTR Ambassador Michael Froman said the administration is working with Congress to have Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or so-called fast-track powers, in order to bring TPP negotiations to a close.
Wall Street Journal: The Other White Medicine
- The editorial board says the acquisition of U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods by the Chinese conglomerate Shuanghui is producing odd economic arguments against foreign investment, particularly House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton’s concerns about heparin.
Wall Street Journal: End of Potash Cartel to Boost U.S. Farmers
- Russian potash producer Uralkali's move to end a global cartel in the potash market will likely give some U.S. farmers a boost from lower fertilizer prices and could eventually show up in small ways in the supermarket.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: EWG: 7.2 mln acres of wetland, fragile land plowed under from 2008-12
- A new report estimated that 7.2 million acres of wetlands and fragile lands in Iowa and other states were converted to cropland between 2008 and 2012, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group.
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