Daily Harvest -- 9/13/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House lawmakers push against crop insurance subsidies
- Two House lawmakers continued today to press against subsidies for premium crop insurance for large agribusiness companies at a U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) press event.
Agri-Pulse: Corn production forecast strongly increases while soybean drops, USDA report says
- The latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report projected a record production forecast for corn and a significant decrease in soybean production.
Politico: Frank Lucas: ‘Bigger ideas’ needed on farm bill
- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says more “outside the box” thinking will be needed to save a farm bill this fall and he is prepared to support “bigger ideas” to get the task done.
WECT: Details slim on how rural residents will get help with Affordable Care Act
- Less than three weeks before the new health insurance marketplace opens as part of the Affordable Care Act, there are few details about how uninsured people in some of the state's least healthy counties will receive help navigating the system.
Washington Post: Gillibrand introduces legislation to preserve staffing levels for USDA inspectors
- Food safety legislation was introduced Thursday in the Senate that seeks to preserve current staffing levels of USDA inspectors in meat plants at the same time the agency promotes a new model that would cut the federal inspection force by as much as half.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Wash. state farmer claims broker rejected his crop, discovered genetically-modified alfalfa
- An Eastern Washington farmer who intended to grow alfalfa that’s not genetically modified had his crop rejected by a broker that said it found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
Washington Post: Meat industry groups vow to keep fighting new labeling rules after losing 1st round in court
- A federal judge has refused to block new rules that require the meat industry to include specific information about the origin of their products on labels. Industry groups say they’ll continue fighting.
NPR: Taking Down Big Food Is The Name Of Chipotle's New Game
- Sourcing that meat as the chain has expanded to more than 1,500 stores. But the strategy of marketing itself as a fast food alternative to Big Food has clearly worked well for Chipotle.
Gallup: More Americans Struggle to Afford Food
- The 20.0% who reported in August that they have, at times, lacked enough money to buy the food that they or their families needed during the past year, is up from 17.7% in June, and is the highest percentage recorded since October 2011.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: UN report: New strategies needed for global economic growth
- Developing and transition economies that are overly dependent on exports for growth need to rely more on domestic and regional demand, according to a United Nations report released Thursday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Roberts, Moran press USDA for extension of CRP emergency grazing
- Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., wrote a letter today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to extend emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to help livestock producers hit hard by lingering and intensifying drought.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Begins New Crackdown on Hiring Illegal Workers
- The U.S. government has launched a fresh crackdown on employers suspected of hiring illegal immigrants by notifying about 1,000 businesses across the country in recent weeks they must submit documents for audits.
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