Daily Harvest -- 6/3/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Washington Post: ‘Temporary’ farm subsidy program may finally meet the reaper
- Washington Post revisits controversies with direct payments to highlight that Washington is full of temporary programs that continue for several years. It notes that both the House and Senate are trying to end the direct payment program, which was set to expire 10 years ago.
Washington Post: Farm-bill proposals that fail the truth test
- The Washington Post editorial board criticizes the expanded federal crop insurance program proposals in the House and Senate farm bill.
Bloomberg: Lawmakers Benefit From Farm Subsidies Congress Seeks to Overhaul
- The article outlines the fifteen members of the House and Senate that received direct payments last year. Reps. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., and Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., are listed as the top two recipients.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Des Moines Register: Smithfield purchase holds promise
- The $4.7 billion purchase of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International Holdings will help pork producers gain further access to the Chinese market. Still, farmers are wary of having the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer in the hands of a foreign buyer, the article notes.
Washington Post: Fire at poultry plant in northeast China kills at least 112; workers trapped in buildings
- A massive fire broke out at a poultry plant in northeastern China early Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 112 people. The plant’s complicated interior, narrow exits and a locked front gate made escape difficult, Xinhua quoted survivors as saying.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests
- The Monterey Shale in California could create the kind of oil boom seen in North Dakota and Texas, with the help of fracking. However, the article says the oil industry’s push into new areas and increasing reliance on fracking are testing the relationship between oilmen and farmers.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Reuters: Immigration bill pins big hopes on dairy cows
- A Senate strategy to pass the immigration bill will rely on winning over Republican senators representing dairy-rich rural areas with a provision embedded in the law that gives dairy farmers better access to foreign labor.
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