Daily Harvest -- 9/19/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House set to act on $40 billion cut to SNAP program
- The House is expected to vote today on a three-year nutrition bill (H.R. 3102) that aims to cut about $40 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as well as make an array of changes to the program.
Agri-Pulse: Senators praise FCC rural call completion effort
- Sens. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Clyburn's decision to take action to address rural call completion problems is good news for rural economies.
Agri-Pulse: Senators concerned about House nutrition bill
- (Audio) Senators are concerned that the House approach to a split farm bill with deep cuts to the nutrition title could jeopardize getting any bill at all this year.
Washington Post: House GOP works for votes on food stamp measure but some moderates say the cuts are too much
- Republican House leaders are working to line up votes for nearly $4 billion in annual food stamp cuts, but some GOP moderates are questioning if that is too much.
Reuters: White House vows to veto Republican bill to cut food stamps
- The White House on Wednesday threatened to veto a Republican-written bill nearing a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives that would cut food stamps for the poor by $40 billion over a decade and end benefits for an estimated 4 million people.
New York Times: Anti-Hunger Advocates Put Pressure on Lawmakers Over Food Stamp Bill
- More than 50 New Yorkers active in anti-hunger efforts, including leaders of food banks and soup kitchens, made their way to Washington last week for a day of lobbying.
National Journal: Fight Over Food Stamps Dominates Farm Bill
- When House lawmakers take to the floor this week to address a bill that will set funding levels for the food-stamp program, they will be finishing a fight that has torn the traditional five-year farm bill in two.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Financial Times: Syngenta unveils seven-year plan to boost yields
- (Subscriber only) Syngenta, the world's largest agricultural chemicals company by sales, is to call on farmers to use less pesticide and fertiliser to grow more crops - in what is a counterintuitive move.
Wall Street Journal: USDA Solicits More Bids in Sugar-to-Ethanol Program
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that it plans to buy more domestic sugar to sell to U.S. ethanol makers, in an effort to prevent additional defaults on government loans.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: OECD report calls for global farm support reform
- Although countries are moving away from providing government support directly linked to agricultural production, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that support that distorts production and trade still represents about half of the world total.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Dispelling myths about EPA's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks says he wants to dispel some myths about the SPCC rule and encourage agriculture producers to contact EPA with any and all SPCC questions.
Washington Post: Federal court upholds Calif.’s first-in-the-nation mandate requiring cleaner-burning fuels
- A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld California’s first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Obama comment on immigration draws anger, frustration
- After focusing for months on GOP lawmakers, advocates erupted at Obama after he said in a television interview Tuesday that he is powerless to scale back mass deportations — estimated at more than 1,000 per day.
Sacramento Bee: Cattle drive to kick off Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Week
- “A lot of people, when you say ‘farm to fork,’ they automatically think of produce, and we want to make sure that the proteins aren’t lost in that conversation because the Farm-to-Fork movement is also about cattle and land,” said the senior vice president of sales and business for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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