Daily Harvest -- 9/17/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House Rules Committee poised to set rule on 3-year nutrition bill
- The House Rules Committee is expected to set a rule Wednesday for a three-year nutrition bill (H.R. 3102) that aims to cut about $40 billion over 10 years for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Agri-Pulse: Communicating the importance of WRRDA
- (Audio) The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Schuster, R-Pa., is utilizing a social media campaign to emphasize the benefits of passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.
Baltimore Sun: Farm bill might violate trade rules: U.S. business groups
- The new U.S. farm bill might violate World Trade Organization rules against trade-distorting subsidies, major U.S. business groups said on Monday in an appeal to lawmakers to revamp the bill, which is already facing slim odds of passage.
Associated Press: House bill would cut $4B a year from food stamps
- It is unclear whether the Republican leaders have enough votes for passage. Democrats have lined up solidly in opposition, and some moderate Republicans have indicated they may not be able to stomach the cuts.
Roll Call: Club for Growth Won’t Key Vote Nutrition Bill
- The Club for Growth, an influential conservative advocacy group that took some of the credit for successfully lobbying Republican lawmakers to oppose the farm bill, told CQ Roll Call on Monday it did not plan to “key vote” the nutrition bill.
NPR: American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?
- It's high-tech agriculture's claim to the moral high ground. Farmers say they farm the way they do to produce food as efficiently as possible to feed the world.
USA Today: Rep. Steve King: Protect free trade among the states
- California has never had the authority to ban the sale of any good produced in the U.S. based solely on the manufacturing or production standards of the state where it was produced, writes Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. My bipartisan amendment merely clarifies and reaffirms this long-standing constitutional principle.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: CDC sounds alarm on antibiotic overuse in hospitals, not farms
- Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new report today, highlighting the growing threats posed by antibiotic resistance and pointing to antibiotic overuse by humans as the main culprit.
Reuters: USDA weighing what to do in case of GMO alfalfa contamination
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is evaluating whether or not to take action in the case of a Washington state farmer whose alfalfa crop was contaminated with a genetically modified trait that some export customers will not accept, a spokesman said on Monday.
New York Times: Teenagers Are Getting More Exercise and Vegetables
- Teenagers are exercising more, consuming less sugar and eating more fruits and vegetables, a trend that may be contributing to a leveling off of obesity rates, a new study shows.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: A Bitter ‘Fertilizer War’ Gripping Belarus and Russia Is Helping U.S. Farmers
- The subject of the fight is potash, a fertilizer. The score so far: One imprisoned Russian business executive, the disintegration of a once-effective cartel that kept world potash prices high and political tension between the two countries.
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