Daily Harvest -- 8/2/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lucas: GOP nutrition proposal would cut $40 billion
- A battle-weary Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said today that House Republicans are ready with a nutrition title proposal that would cut SNAP spending by $40 billion.
Agri-Pulse: Rep. Walz leads new push for farm bill conference
- Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., spearheaded a new initiative today pushing House Speaker John Bohener, R-Ohio, to bring a farm bill to conference, before the legislation expires in September. Rep. Walz is joined by a coalition of 49 Democrats.
Agri-Pulse: Senate names farm bill conferees
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday named conferees to reconcile differences in farm bill legislation.
Agri-Pulse: Flake, Stabenow agree direct payments need to go
- Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., pressured Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to reaffirm her commitment to ending direct payments during a Senate floor exchange today. The chairwoman quickly obliged.
Agri-Pulse: Stabenow says Cantor doesn't want Farm Bill
- (Audio) Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., is making the goal to complete a farm bill nearly impossible, while also noting that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, indicated he would like to see one finished this year.
Washington Post: Committee chairman says House GOP preparing legislation to cut food stamp program by 5 percent
- A group of Republicans led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has agreed to try to advance the legislation as early as next month. The measure would reduce the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program by as much as 5 percent.
Wall Street Journal: House GOP Leaders Agree to Further Food-Stamp Cuts
- House Republican leaders reached an agreement to cut an additional $20 billion from nutrition programs, known as food stamps, a senior GOP leadership aide said Thursday.
Politico: House GOP takes another stab at food stamps bill
- Cantor has used a select working group of conservatives to help shape the package but shows signs now of reaching out to party moderates as well. And his goal is to have legislation in hand which the House can vote on in early September when it returns from the August recess
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Corn slumps to its lowest level in three years as wet weather improves crop outlook
- The price of corn fell to the lowest in almost three years the forecast for rain in the Plains region boosted the outlook for this year’s crop.
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Processors Repay $16.3 Million in Loans
- U.S. sugar processors repaid $16.3 million in federal loans due in July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday, marking an early success in the agency's effort to prevent a wave of defaults by boosting prices for the sweetener.
Wall Street Journal: How to Ensure You Have No Beef With Your Lamb
- Beef and lamb producers are at the forefront of a global push to try to verify scientifically the provenance of the meat that people buy, as a series of scandals over mislabeled and tainted food eats into consumer confidence.
Bloomberg: Burger Costs Rising With Beef Supply at 21-Year Low
- U.S. beef production is plunging to a 21-year low after surging feed costs spurred ranchers to cut herds, signaling record prices for consumers and higher costs for buyers from McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) to Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA: EU will allow U.S. beef producers continued market access
- United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the European Union (EU) will continue to provide U.S. beef producers with significant access, at zero duty, to the EU market for high-quality beef produced from non-hormone-treated cattle.
Bloomberg: India Eases Investment Rules to Woo Wal-Mart to Tesco
- India eased requirements for foreign retailers to invest in local supermarkets to lure global chains such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tesco Plc to open stores in Asia’s third-biggest economy.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
San Francisco Chronicle: Pot farm pollution: Too dangerous to deal with?
- With parts of Northern California’s scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Tech and agriculture industries team up to lobby for immigration reform
- The California technology and agriculture industries joined forces on Thursday to canvass Capitol Hill and lobby for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Washington Post: Southeast Iowa company says it’s ready to start horse slaughter if federal court gives OK
- A southeast Iowa company is ready to begin slaughtering horses within days if a federal court in New Mexico rejects an effort to block the move. The Des Moines Register reports Responsible Transportation in Sigourney could start horse slaughtering as soon as Monday.
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