Daily Harvest -- 8/29/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Denver Post: Farm bill: Milk, food prices could raise if Congress fails to act
- If Congress cannot find common ground soon on a farm bill that both funds the food stamp program and sets new agricultural policy, farmers and livestock producers risk losing insurance and drought relief, and milk prices could jump nationwide.
Grand Forks Herald: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor talks farm bill during oil tour
- In the middle of a crew camp that houses North Dakota oil workers, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got an earful about agriculture.
National Journal: Republican Lawmakers Retaliate Against Heritage Foundation
- The vast majority of GOP lawmakers, including many conservatives from rural districts, ignored the outcry from the right and voted for the farm bill. But in the end, 62 House Republicans sided with Heritage Action, enough to help Democrats defeat a bill that they denounced for its steep cuts to safety-net programs.
Inforum: Crystal Sugar, other producers receive good news from Mexico
- CEO David Berg told employees this week on the company blog about plans by Mexico's soft drink industry to buy more of its own cane sugar so less of it will be sold elsewhere, an issue that has frustrated U.S. executives, particularly in the last year.
Wall Street Journal: Thai Rubber Farmers Protest Over Prices
- Rubber farmers in Thailand have blockaded roads and train tracks over the past week to pressure the government to guarantee a rubber price to bolster their incomes, as it has done for rice growers.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA to resume milk production surveys
- USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) will resume milk production quarterly producer surveys on Oct. 1, after the agency says it was forced to suspend the surveys in April due to sequestration. The surveys resume just as fiscal 2013 ends and the new fiscal year begins.
The Hill: Huelskamp: @MichelleObama girls can 'escape USDA school lunch menu regs'
- Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) sounded off about school lunches Wednesday, slamming healthy food regulations that “rich kids” and the president’s daughters do not have to endure.
The Hill: CBC Chair: Up to Congress to make sure no child goes hungry
- Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said Wednesday that it was up to Congress to end discrimination in the criminal justice system and "to make sure that no child goes hungry to school or to bed."
Wall Street Journal: Sugar Prices Rise
- Sugar prices settled at a more than five-month high, in a sign the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making headway in its efforts to boost prices by buying the sweetener.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: NPPC, other organizations urge adoption of TPP principles
- A coalition of agricultural and food organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and Cargill sent a letter recently to urge U.S. trade negotiators to include its “core” principles for a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Environmental groups sue EPA over CAFO Reporting Rule
- Five environmental and food safety groups filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its withdrawal of the “Proposed CAFO [Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations] Reporting Rule.”
CBS: Perdue, Farm Can’t Recoup Pollution Suit Fees
- A federal judge has ruled that Purdue Farms and an Eastern Shore contract grower will not be able to recoup $3 million in legal fees after successfully defending themselves against a poultry pollution suit.
Agri-Pulse: Report: Recent ag graduates making more than last year
- Data compiled and released by Iowa State University shows college graduates who major in agriculture are making more in their first year of work than their 2012 counterparts.
Agri-Pulse: The Dream-50 Years Later
- Mark Edelman, professor of economics at Iowa State University, and Barry Flinchbaugh, an emeritus professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, discuss upward mobility and economic policy in the context of the Civil Rights movement and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech.
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