Daily Harvest -- 7/9/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House GOP working to get farm bill back on floor this week
- (Subscription only) House Republican leaders are actively searching and pushing for votes for a five-year farm bill (H.R. 1947), which they hope to get back on the floor this week.
National Journal: Proposal to Split Farm Bill Divides Congress
- Since June 20, when the bill failed to pass the House by a vote of 234 to 195, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., the Heritage Foundation, and the Club for Growth seem to be using the farm bill as a tool in a campaign to portray Boehner as a weak leader and make the more conservative Cantor the speaker.
Agri-Pulse: On Keeping It Well: The Farm Bill and the Fourth
- Chuck Fluharty notes in this opinion piece that the New York Times ran a story with the heading “Farm Bill Defeat Shows Agriculture’s Waning Power.” It’s deeper than that. Rural citizens are losing representational heft, Fluharty writes.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Lunch ladies question commitment to healthier food for kids
- The School Nutrition Association (SNA)’s decision to hire a new firm for advocacy and legislative services prompted some members and outside observers to question whether the association is so fed up with new school lunch requirements that they are backing away from being advocates for children’s nutritional needs.
The Hill: Feds add Greek yogurt to school lunches
- On Monday, the Department of Agriculture announced it was looking to buy the yogurt for schools participating in a federally assisted program that subsidizes school lunches.
Wall Street Journal: Nearly 1 in 6 Americans Receives Food Stamps
- One of the federal government’s biggest social welfare programs, which expanded when the economy convulsed, isn’t shrinking back alongside the recovery. Food stamp rolls increased on a year-over-year basis, but were 0.4% lower from the prior month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: TTIP talks to focus on sanitary, phytosanitary measures
- Negotiation groups also are expected today to discuss market access and industrial goods, government procurement, cross-border services, investment, and energy and raw materials.
Agri-Pulse: TTIP talks start this week
- (Audio) European and American negotiators are beginning talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is hopeful market access for genetically modified crops will be addressed.
Washington Post: U.S.-E.U. trade talks open amid new criticism from labor, environmental groups
- U.S. labor and environmental groups, largely silent in the run-up to the U.S.-Europe free-trade talks, now say they worry that the negotiations could be used to weaken consumer, health and other standards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bloomberg: Nigeria’s Jonathan Sees Agriculture as New Growth Frontier
- Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, is trying to reverse years of neglect of its farming industry and push agriculture as its “new frontier for growth” because it can no longer depend on oil to drive its economy.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: Focus of Immigration Debate Shifts to House
- (Subscribers only) More than a week after the Senate passed its own sweeping bill, House Republicans will gather Wednesday to debate their approach to an immigration overhaul.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: As immigration bills face uncertain fate, farmers plead for help with chronic labor shortage
- From Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers and producers of California's diverse abundance of fruits and vegetables, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.
Wall Street Journal: CFTC Weighs Delay of Swaps Rules
- The head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is proposing to partially delay controversial cross-border derivatives rules slated to go into effect Friday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
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