Daily Harvest -- 8/1/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Washington Post: House to spend last week before recess voting on bills targeted at White House
- With three days left on the calendar before lawmakers leave Washington for a five-week summer break, there is still no agreement on a farm bill, no plan on how to fund the government after September and little progress on immigration reform.
The Hill: Senate panel plans fall hearing on biofuel rule
- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard this fall, Bettina Poirier, a Democratic committee aide, told The Hill on Wednesday. The announcement raises the specter that changes to the nearly decade-old biofuel-blending mandate could be in the offing.
Politico: Arkansas' Tom Cotton to run for U.S. Senate
- Rep. Tom Cotton plans to announce a Senate bid in Arkansas next week, challenging incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in a state that is considered a top pickup opportunity for Republicans.
Detroit Free Press: U.S. Rep. Dave Camp weighing run for U.S. Senate in 2014
- The race for Michigan’s soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat got a jolt Wednesday with word that a key player in the nation’s capital, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, is still eyeing a possible run for the job.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: New Dietary Guidelines being drafted
- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) have formed a task force to begin drafting the 8th edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, writes Marshall Matz, who specializes in food, nutrition and agriculture at OFW Law.
Agri-Pulse: USDA working on big August report
- (Audio) Thousands of farms are being surveyed across the nation to collect data for the August USDA Crop Production report. The August report is one of the most anticipated, because it is the first report that uses survey-based information.
Wall Street Journal: Government Buys More Domestic Sugar
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture bought sugar from domestic sugar-cane growers in the government's second intervention in the market this month. The USDA paid $6.87 million for the sugar Tuesday.
New York Times: The Safety of Imported Foods
- The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules last week that should go a long way toward ensuring the safety of imported foods, writes the New York Times editorial board.
CNN: Kansas company recalls 50,000 pounds of ground beef products
- A Kansas company is recalling about 50,000 pounds of ground beef products over fears of E. coli contamination. The National Beef Packing Co.'s products, which were shipped nationwide, may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Japan resumes purchase of US wheat
- Japan announced yesterday it will again begin buying western soft white wheat, two months after the country stopped importation of the product due to the discovery of genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm.
Washington Post: DuPont Pioneer gains majority stake in South African seed company Pannar, will boost research
- After a nearly three-year battle with South African regulators, DuPont Co. said Wednesday that it has completed the purchase of a majority stake in South Africa’s Pannar Seed.
National Post: Canada hurting itself with protectionist practices in agriculture: report
- Canada is only hurting itself by maintaining high protectionist barriers on its agriculture sector, says a report which cites Canadian tariffs on agricultural imports as among the highest among food exporting nations.
Bloomberg: Japan Buys Oregon Wheat as Checks Begin for Modified Crops
- Japan bought 89,579 metric tons of western-white wheat from the U.S. today, the first purchase since the government banned the grain on May 30 after the discovery of an unapproved gene-altered variety in Oregon.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: House lawmakers question Obama about Keystone pipeline intentions
- House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today wrote to President Barack Obama expressing concerns over “the continued delay and politicization of the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline.”
New York Times: Milestone Claimed in Creating Fuel From Waste
- After months of frustrating delays, a chemical company, INEOS Bio, announced Wednesday that it had produced commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and other nonfood vegetative matter, a long-sought goal that, if it can be expanded economically,
Agri-Pulse: Industry proposes stricter rules to end abusive horse training
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) hosted a Capitol Hill briefing last week on H.R. 1518, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. Among other provisions, the bill would require USDA to license veterinarians to replace the industry’s existing inspection program.
Washington Post: Navajo Nation joins other tribes in supporting New Mexico horse slaughterhouse
- Erny Zah, spokesman for Navajo President Ben Shelly, said Wednesday that the nation’s largest Indian reservation can no longer support the estimated 75,000 feral horses that are drinking wells dry and causing ecological damage to the drought-stricken range.
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