Daily Harvest -- 8/20/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA Administrator McCarthy visits Iowa
- (Audio) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the Iowa State Fair last week to stress cooperation with farmers on environmental issues. She says she wants to make sure EPA strengthens its relationship with USDA.
Washington Post: Ethanol mandates creating an economic car-wreck
- Editorial writer Charles Lane says we have elaborate government mandates and subsidies for blending ethanol into gasoline, which cause farmers to divert land, water and capital into growing corn and other crops for fuel rather than food.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Progress on obesity, but the war is far from over
- The editorial board writes that public-health advocates have worried for years that the United States was entering an age of obesity. Now it seems the country may be reaching a plateau, even among at-risk children.
Wall Street Journal: Naturally Grown: An alternative label to organic
- Started by a group of organic farmers in New York's mid-Hudson Valley as a backlash against federal takeover of the organic program in 2002, Certified Naturally Grown has expanded over the past decade to include more than 700 farms in 47 states, executive director Alice Varon said.
Reuters: U.S. farm economy flowing in reverse as drought impacts persist
- The long reach of last summer's devastating U.S. drought has reversed the flow of the mighty Mississippi River - for corn, at least, with grain-laden barges beginning the rare movement north to Midwest ethanol plants from southern farms.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: SC gov: Heavy rains a disaster for agriculture
- South Carolina's governor warned Monday that torrential rains soaking the Southeast have flooded fields and wiped out crops, creating a disaster for agriculture in her state alone on par with a tornado or a hurricane.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Corn gains the most in four months on forecast for dry weather in Midwest
- The forecast for drier weather has helped corn prices rebound from their lowest level in almost three years. Corn has slumped this year after the government said in the spring that growers intended to plant the most corn in almost 80 years.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Pacific trade negotiations head into home stretch in Brunei
- With negotiators meeting again this week on a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a bipartisan group of 74 Members of Congress is urging the Obama Administration to conclude an agreement that reduces obstacles to U.S. dairy product exports.
Politico: Sugar could hold up trade deal
- To seal a blockbuster trade deal that would let the United States export rice to Japan and dairy products to Canada, free trades advocates say, the Obama administration must concede at least one sweetener: More sugar imports from Australia.
Wall Street Journal: Canada Still Not Cool with COOL
- Canada is again taking its dispute over a U.S. meat-labeling rule to the World Trade Organization. Ottawa says Washington’s amendments to its mandatory country-of-origin labeling rule don’t conform to global trade obligations.
Fox News: China orders more testing of New Zealand milk product after latest contamination report
- China's product safety agency has told New Zealand suppliers of a milk product to perform additional quality tests following a new contamination problem.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Lawmaker pressed on immigration reform at town hall meeting
- Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) faced off against more than three dozen immigration reform advocates at a packed town hall meeting at the Augusta County Government Center on Monday evening.
Time: Can a Dusty Legislative Gambit Revive Immigration Reform?
- There may still be a way to resuscitate reform efforts and force a vote on a path to citizenship. It involves a rarely used parliamentary tactic known as a discharge petition.
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