Daily Harvest -- 8/26/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky
- The Minority Leader of the Senate talks about the challenges associated with passing a new farm bill and why going back to the 1949 permanent law would be "insane."
Agri-Pulse: Inactivity on Farm Bill Threatens Farmland and Natural Resources
- Andrew McElwaine, President of American Farmland Trust, says if the Farm Bill fails because of Congressional gridlock, future conservation funding is placed in serious jeopardy and threatens to cost us our best, most productive agricultural lands.
New York Times: New Jobs! If Only It Were True
- The United States Department of Agriculture has called its $1.6 billion business and industry loan program a rousing success. Not surprisingly, the department often trumpets the number of jobs that are expected to result from these loans — figures that it gets from the borrowers themselves. Whether these jobs are actually created, however, is another story.
Des Moines Register: Another View: Congress needs to back small town and rural life
- Nearly nine in 10 rural Americans say the rural and small-town way of life is worth fighting for and protecting, but seven in 10 worry it is dying.
Washington Post: An amendment that hurts chickens — and Americans
- The editorial board says, if passed, Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) amendment would cause laws regarding animal cruelty to be upended, as well as laws protecting the environment, workers’ rights and public health.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Golden Rice: Lifesaver?
- A looming decision by the Philippine government about whether to allow Golden Rice to be grown beyond its four remaining field trials has added a new dimension to the debate over genetically modified organisms.
San Francisco Chronicle: Too many Californians left without food stamps
- According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study this year, California has the lowest rate of food stamp participation in the country. Nearly half of those eligible for food assistance don't get it.
Bloomberg: Soybeans Rally the Most Since 2011 as Hot Weather Curbs Crops
- Soybeans surged the most since March 2011 as hot, dry weather in the Midwest threatened to curb crop prospects in the U.S, the world’s biggest grower. Corn climbed to the highest price in a month and wheat advanced.
Wall Street Journal: Late Harvest in South Pushes Up Grain Prices
- Grain processors that have been counting on southern U.S. crops to tide them over until the Midwestern harvest this autumn are waiting much longer than expected, exacerbating supply constraints and pushing prices higher in cash markets.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Forbes: In China, Recycled Food Finds A 'Market'
- Snacks made from expired animal proteins sold in vacuum-sealed packaging are collected from underground companies by food processors account for as much as 5% of the Chinese packaged food business,
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Business groups upbeat on fall deal to move immigration bill
- Business groups say their grassroots efforts to build support for an immigration overhaul are paying off and making them increasingly optimistic that Congress will complete comprehensive legislation this fall.
Agri-Pulse: Weather conditions causing crop concerns from East to West
- A wet spring has given way to dryer conditions across the corn belt. Soybeans and drought have increased over the past six weeks as well.
US News: Ranchers Recover From Drought Without Congress
- The uncertainty surrounding the farm bill's fate in Congress has made many farmers downright angry, but ranchers, who struggled through a historic drought last summer, say they lost hope in Washington long ago.
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