Daily Harvest -- 8/27/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: OIG outlines more SNAP challenges
- (Subscriber only) USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has made progress in cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but a new Office of Inspector General (OIG) report indicates that it is one of several USDA programs that require better management and accountability.
Agri-Pulse: RMA announces new prevented planting rule
- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced a new Special Provision statement to clarify acreage eligible for prevented planting in the Prairie Pothole National Priority Area.
NPR: In Arkansas, The Senate Battle Is Already Brutal
- The state's two-term Democratic senator, Mark Pryor, is often called the Senate's most vulnerable incumbent. And, while the election is still 15 months away, it's already gone negative.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Politico: Meat packers fight country-of-origin labels
- In a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, the nine groups that oppose the rule will argue for an injunction against the mandate, which they say compels speech in violation of the First Amendment.
LA Times: Los Angeles County children drinking fewer sugar-sweetened sodas
- Los Angeles County children are drinking fewer sodas and other sugary drinks, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of children 17 and younger who drank one or more sugar-sweetened drink each day dropped from 43% in 2007 to 38% in 2011.
Bloomberg: Corn, Soy Jump Most in More Than Year as Heat Hurts Crops
- Corn jumped the most in 14 months and soybean futures rallied the most since 2011 as hot, dry Midwest weather threatens to erode crop yields in the U.S., the world’s biggest grower. Wheat also advanced.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Barge Operators Struggle Along the Mississippi
- Massive flooding in 2011 and last year's drought have permanently altered some aspects of shipping on the Mississippi and its tributaries, the nation's largest river system and one of its most important commercial waterways.
Wall Street Journal: India's Lower House Passes Food Bill to Help Poor
- India's lower house of Parliament on Monday approved sweeping legislation guaranteeing cheap grain for nearly 70% of the country's 1.2 billion people, a move hailed by supporters as a major step toward eliminating hunger but one that raises questions about whether the government can bear the cost.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Ethanol group launches media blitz to hit back at critics
- The ethanol industry took a shot at the oil industry with a multi-million dollar nationwide advertising campaign Monday, the latest in the ongoing struggle between the two bitter foes to control the future of the country’s renewable fuel policy.
CBS: Md. Withdraws Emergency Status Of Fertilizer Rules
- Maryland’s Agriculture Department on Monday withdrew a request to accelerate implementation of proposed regulations aimed at reducing pollution from fertilizer in the Chesapeake Bay after critics said the state was moving too fast.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Goodlatte, Vitter pressing against illegal immigration
- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., sent a letter recently to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing concern regarding a recent surge in immigrants, largely from Mexico, claiming asylum at U.S. ports of entry.
The Hill: Pro-reform Dem travels to Va. districts to pressure GOP on immigration
- A leading Democratic advocate for immigration reform is holding events in the Virginia districts of two House Republicans on Monday to build pressure on Republicans to bring up comprehensive immigration legislation when Congress returns in September.
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