Daily Harvest -- 9/16/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: House set to take up SNAP cuts bill
- The House is poised for an exciting week as a 3-year nutrition bill that would cut about $40 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is expected to hit the floor.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Sen. Debbie Stabenow
- The Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Committee, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), is ready to bring the 2013 farm bill to closure. She explains the politics of the bill and how the President is monitoring the legislation.
Agri-Pulse: House Republican plan for 3-year nutrition bill includes $40 billion in SNAP cuts, several changes
- (Subscriber only) Details about the proposed House Republican three-year nutrition bill emerged as the House prepares to take up the legislation.
Agri-Pulse: House may work longer this month
- (Audio) Members of the House may work during the week of Sept. 23 and possibly into the weekend. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the nutrition bill will be considered this week.
Politico: The farm bill is back
- There is general agreement that aid should go first to active farmers who take the risk of planting a crop. But Southerners fear the flow of dollars out of their states.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Farmers' high hopes for farm bill give way to low expectations
- Minnesota farmers visited Capitol Hill to lobby but left feeling pessimistic about the prospects in a divided Congress.
Wall Street Journal: House GOP Bill Seeks Deeper Food-Stamp Cuts
- A long-running political battle over how much to cut food stamps could take a new turn this week, as the House is expected to weigh a Republican measure to scale back the program further than Democrats say they can accept.
LA Times: Stop playing politics with hunger
- Former Senators Bob Dole, R-Kans., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D., write in this op-ed that Congress must not turn its back on Americans in need and a farm bill with adequate funding for food assistance is vital to the nation.
The Hill: Opponents of genetically modified foods assail carve-out in House spending bill
- The stopgap spending bill, which has an uncertain future in the House, would leave intact the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” that allows biotechnology companies to sell genetically modified seeds, even if a court has blocked them.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: USDA official defends pilot program for meat inspection
- A top food safety official at the USDA says that a pilot program for inspecting pork is working well, defending the experimental procedures being used in five hog plants around the country.
Wall Street Journal: Tougher standards sought for Chinese chicken
- U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says he wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make it tougher on processed chickens that will soon to come from China for sale in the United States.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike
- It was supposed to help clean the air, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster agriculture. But a little known market in ethanol credits has also become a hot new game on Wall Street.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Federal judge upholds tougher nutrient standards in Chesapeake Bay
- Despite efforts by agricultural groups to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing new water quality standards, a judge ruled late Friday that the agency can advance plans to limit pollution from a variety of sources, including farms, from entering the Chesapeake Bay.
Agri-Pulse: Democrats and ag leaders meet on climate change
- Agriculture leaders who met yesterday with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill said they're already feeling the effects of climate change - and hoping to work with Congress to mitigate them.
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