Daily Harvest -- 9/6/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Sugar processors default on loans, forfeit sugar to USDA
- Sugar processors forfeited an estimated 85,000 tons of sugar, valued at $34.6 million, to USDA as a result of record U.S. crop production and strong Mexican imports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed.
Agri-Pulse: Drought information bill would cost $65 million, CBO says
- Legislation (S. 376) that seeks to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), which provides drought information to farmers and ranchers, would cost $65 million over four years, according to an estimate released today by the Congressional Budget Office.
Agri-Pulse: Illinois governor on WRDA and nutrition programs
- (Audio) Illinois Governor Pat Quinn spoke at the Farm Progress Show last week, calling for funding under the Water Resources Development Act to modernize locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Additionally, he denounced cuts to nutrition programs anticipated in the House.
The Economist: Farming as rocket science
- Foreign rivals are right about the power of market forces in America, but wrong to see its farmers as passive victims. Americans have thought differently about agriculture for a long time—and not by accident.
The Hill: GOP lawmaker praises Kansas for enforcing food stamps work requirement
- Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) on Wednesday welcomed a decision by his home state to force 20,000 unemployed residents to work in order to stay eligible to receive food stamps.
Minot Daily News: N.D. delegation keeps eyes on farm bill, budget
- Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. indicated passage of a farm bill and positioning the federal government for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 will be the focus of North Dakota's congressional delegation when the session resumes next week.
The State Journal-Register: Davis: Farm part of farm bill likely to pass
- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday he thinks Congress will pass a farm bill by the end of September dealing with agriculture programs such as crop insurance. Whether a bill passes that also deals with the food stamp program is another question.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA: School lunch pilot program unaffected by Chobani recall
- The Food and Drug Administration announced today that Greek yogurt maker Chobani is voluntarily recalling some of its product after customers complained of illness and mold. The recall comes just weeks after USDA selected the company to supply Greek yogurt to four states' school lunch programs as part of a pilot.
Washington Post: Chobani recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups in change of heart after reports of illnesses
- The recall comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were “swelling and bloating.” Chobani had previously said it wasn’t issuing a formal recall.
Scientific American: It Is Not True That Kids Won’t Eat Healthy Food: Why The New USDA School Food Guidelines Are Very Necessary
- Picky eating is (generally) not an inherent trait, they are simply responding naturally to an environment that has never challenged their palate.
Washington Post: Family income not a factor as public school students eat for free in Boston, other cities
- The nation’s oldest school system has joined a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that has spread to 10 states and the District of Columbia that offers students two free meals every school day, whether or not their families can afford them.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: Obama, Abe vow cooperation on economic, trade issues
- President Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met on Thursday to discuss a range of issues from trade, jobs and the situation in Syria as part of the Group of 20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Expected to Approve Smithfield Deal Shortly
- Lawyers and other experts who work with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. say the panel is very likely to permit the deal, which would be the largest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese one, because it doesn’t pose substantial national security risks.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Delmarva Now: Md. agriculture department releases revised phosphorus regulations
- After pulling proposed phosphorus regulations a day before the public hearing last week, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has released changes today on when and how farmers can apply manure to their fields.
Washington Post: From Canada to Florida, corn maze cutter turns ordinary fields into autumnal adventure lands
- Over the past couple of months, Timothy Day has cut more than 50 corn mazes. Someone else does the designs, but there’s definitely some artistry in the way he spins that steering knob.
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