Daily Harvest -- 8/14/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Humane Society continues to urge lawmakers to drop King amendment from farm bill
- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) continued its campaign Tuesday against an amendment in the House-passed farm bill that it says would annul several state bans on “inhumane factory farming practices” and rules regulating agricultural practices.
Agri-Pulse: House Democrats press Boehner on food stamp cuts
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., led 204 fellow House Democrats today in calling on House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to include nutrition funding in the next farm bill.
Bloomberg: Food Stamp Cut Backed by Republicans With Voters on Rolls
- As the U.S. economy recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression, the explosive growth of food stamps remains a lingering legacy. And now the program comes with an irony, as the Republicans seeking to cut it also represent vast numbers of recipients.
The Hill: Petroleum groups ask EPA for relief from biofuel mandate
- The petroleum industry formally asked the Obama administration on Tuesday to lower the amount of corn-based ethanol refiners must blend into transportation fuel in 2014.
Wall Street Journal: Strassel: Behind an Ethanol Special Favor
- Republican Sen. David Vitter's office acknowledged on Tuesday that he had joined other Louisiana politicians in sending a letter to President Obama supporting the Krotz Springs exemption. Sen. Vitter's co-signers were Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, and Republican Reps. Charles Boustany and Rodney Alexander.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Livestock industry addresses beta agonist concerns
- (Audio) Debate over the use of beta agonists by livestock producers escalated with the announcement that Tyson would no longer purchase cattle fed the beta agonist zilpaterol. In response, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association organized a technical group to focus on the “knowns and unknowns” of beta agonists, particularly regarding animal welfare.
Bloomberg: Chipotle Considers Changing Beef Standard Amid Shortage
- After years of touting naturally raised meat, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc is considering changing its standards to allow beef treated with antibiotics into its restaurants amid a supply shortage.
New York Times: An Upriver Current
- A new vanguard of New York chefs are retrofitting their culinary skills to the tastes and demands of rural communities — following the same earthy, everything-from-scratch ethos that became so identified with Brooklyn over the last decade.
Wall Street Journal: Cheaper Feed Comes too Late for Some Cattlefeeders
- Even though the price of corn, a main feed ingredient, has fallen this year from last year's record highs as more-normal weather returned to the Midwest corn belt, it comes too late for many feedlot operators struggling to stay solvent.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Cochran offers testimony on 'unfair' shrimp imports to USITC
- Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, submitted testimony today to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for an investigative hearing on the economic threat to the U.S. shrimp industry by subsidized businesses from several countries.
Washington Post: Perdue Agribusiness expands Virginia soybean exports to China with new trade agreement
- Perdue Agribusiness is expanding exports of Virginia soybeans to China. Jiusan Oil and Grain Industries Group to buy up to 8 million bushels of soybeans in a series of bulk shipments for the 2013-2014 crop.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Senior manager at New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra resigns in wake of botulism scare
- A senior manager at New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra resigned Wednesday in the wake of a botulism scare. Fonterra said Gary Romano had already left the company. In his role as managing director of New Zealand Milk Products, Romano oversaw the tainted product line that sparked a global recall.
Wall Street Journal: Cotton Hit By Supply Concerns
- Cotton prices jumped to a two-month high Tuesday, as supply concerns came into focus after a disappointing forecast for this year's U.S. crop.
The Globe and Mail: The sweet, tart conundrum: What is Canada's problem with plums?
- Canadian plums are relegated almost exclusively to the “fresh” market for lunch bags and out-of-hand snacks. The reputation of sweet Canadian plums may suffer because of the influence of some “virtually tasteless” varieties imported from California, says Jim Campbell, industry specialist with the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: White House: Pathway to citizenship would boost GDP by $1.4T over decade
- The White House on Tuesday released a new report arguing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants would add 2 million jobs to the economy and boost gross domestic product by $1.4. trillion over the next decade.
Atlanta Business Chronicle: Ag secretary pitches immigration reform
- Farm worker shortages in Georgia and other states are calling attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.
Des Moines Register: Iowa plant drops horse-slaughter plan
- An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups, a company executive said Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal: Investors No Longer Bet the Farm on Deere
- There are fears that soft commodities such as corn, wheat and lumber are slipping like hard ones, threatening the incomes of Deere's customers. Fiscal third-quarter results Wednesday for the period through July should shed more light on that.
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