Daily Harvest -- 8/23/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Des Moines Register: Braley acknowledges passing farm bill depends on GOP
- U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley offered hope but little certainty for agreement and passage of a new federal farm bill during a series of meetings with northeast Iowa constituents on Wednesday.
Courier-Journal: Farm bill and Obamacare overshadow champion ham at fair breakfast
- Speeches by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell played off one another on federal topics such as the lack of a new Farm Bill and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act more commonly known as Obamacare.
The Daily Planet: No Farm Bill, sequestration hit rural Minnesota housing
- The Uptown Apartments in Silver Lake are among 35 multifamily housing entities in rural Minnesota that have learned they are a month away from losing rental assistance funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wall Street Journal: FTC Examines Allegations That Oil Industry Blocks Greater Ethanol Use
- The Federal Trade Commission said it was looking into assertions by some members of Congress that oil companies are using their influence over retail gas stations to block consumers from accessing gasoline blended with extra ethanol.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Hormel reports slight increase in quarterly earnings
- Hormel Foods Corp. reported a slight increase today in third quarter earnings, up 2 percent to $113.6 million from last year's $111.2 million.
Concord Monitor: Food stamp caseload begins to fall in N.H., but agencies say many still need help
- The number of New Hampshire families relying on food stamps peaked in January and has been declining for six straight months, in large part because a newly reintroduced federal rule is limiting some low-income adults to three months of assistance.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USTR announces new TPP proposal for tobacco
- The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced Thursday that it intends to offer a new proposal related to the handling of tobacco regulations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as negotiations resume today in Brunei.
The Independent: Smith: International trade important to Nebraska farmers, ranchers
- Ninety percent of the world’s consumers are outside of the United States, Rep. Adrian Smith said, adding that 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power belongs to those living outside the U.S.
Reuters: Bunge may buy U.S. govt sugar in plan to reopen ethanol plant –sources
- Agribusiness Bunge Ltd is considering buying sugar from the U.S. government through the fledgling "sugar-for-ethanol" program to reopen its biofuels plant in Mississippi, according to two industry sources.
Bloomberg: Sugar Market Seen by ISO Heading for 4th Consecutive Surplus
- Global sugar supplies will exceed demand for a fourth consecutive year in the season that starts Oct. 1, possibly sending prices even lower, the International Sugar Organization said.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: On the Killing Floor, Clues to the Impact Of Immigration on Jobs
- Across the country, and in Congress in particular, the debate over the future of immigration continues to bat the same questions back and forth: Will legalizing immigrants and allowing in additional low-skill laborers displace native-born workers and cut wages?
Chicago Tribune: Editorial: Rising prosperity on the farm
- The editorial board writes that after years of soaring farm incomes, and with a fabulous crop waiting to be harvested, it will be tougher than ever to portray agriculture as a hardship case in need of government protection.
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