Daily Harvest -- 7/8/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Congress looking at immigration reform, farm bill
- The pressure will continue to build on House lawmakers this week to bring a farm bill back to the floor, while House leadership works to find a way forward on immigration reform.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President
- NFU, as an organization, has shown an affinity toward small farmers and democratic party views, however In this year's farm and immigration debates, they are in step with a broad coalition of farm and labor organizations who want passage of bills that can be put into law.
The Hill: Farm bill decision looms for Boehner
- Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) faces a crucial choice in the coming days: what to do with the $939 billion farm bill.
Omaha World Herald: Crop subsidies, food stamps now at odds
- Some are calling to split off food stamps from the farm bill, which comes up every five years, in the hope of freeing the way for crop insurance and other agriculture programs to reach the president's desk. Others say such a move would be a mistake and only complicate matters in the future.
Politico: Agriculture at crossroads in Congress
- Embarrassed by last month’s collapse, House Republican leaders have raised the stakes greatly with their proposal to split the five-year package and require separate votes on the nutrition title and food stamps. Commodity and conservation groups are almost uniformly opposed. But as lawmakers return this week, agriculture is under pressure to stretch itself and embrace new ideas.
New York Times: In Congress, Gridlock and Harsh Consequences
- Congress returns on Monday with a major overhaul of immigration pending in the House, the farm bill lying in a heap and new fiscal deadlines looming when the government runs out of spending authority on Sept. 30 and reaches its borrowing limit shortly thereafter.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: In rural Tennessee, a new way to help hungry children: A bus turned bread truck
- More than 1 in 4 kids rely on the government for food and that’s especially a problem in the summer. Food banks opened thousands of summer cafes, and still only about 15 percent of eligible children received regular summer meals. So, instead of relying on children to find their own transportation to summer meal sites, the food bank would bring food to children.
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Slides as Brazil's Real Weakens
- Raw-sugar prices fell to a more than three-week low Friday as a weaker Brazilian currency added pressure to a market already groaning with too much supply.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups file lawsuit to stop EPA release of farmers' personal data
- The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council filed a lawsuit and sought a restraining order on Friday in an attempt to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing personal information about farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information requests from environmental organizations.
The Hill: EPA set to unveil host of new regs
- The Obama administration is looking forward to a host of new environmental regulations that go far beyond the president's plans to issue new standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration bill's starts and stops
- Given the uncertainty in the House on how to go forward on immigration, it’s not too late for the group to help dictate the path of reform — if it acts fast.
New York Times: PETA Finds Itself on Receiving End of Others’ Anger
- PETA has become the No. 1 target among supporters of no-kill shelters. At the annual conference at George Washington, being held next weekend, seminars focus on ways to challenge PETA’s policies.
Detroit Free Press: As urban agriculture blossoms, backyard chicken battles brew
- With rising food prices and an increased interest in organic food sources, more people are wanting to raise chickens — and sometimes facing pushback from their communities. At the state level, agriculture officials are wrestling with whether to set clearer guidelines to address small-scale chicken farming.
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