Daily Harvest -- 5/29/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Michigan Live: Sen. Debbie Stabenow touts benefits of new farm bill at event in Frankenmuth
- Chairwoman touts work to date on passage, cites conservation compliance
Hoosier Ag Today: Villwock Worried About Crop Insurance Funding in Farm Bill
- Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock but says many urban lawmakers do not understand the importance of crop insurance and want to cut government funding, which would result in higher premiums.
Des Moines Register: Grassley sees Senate passing farm bill next week
- The U.S. Senate should pass a five year, $500 billion farm bill by the end of next week, Sen. Chuck Grassley told reporters on Tuesday.
Columbia Missourian: WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill should benefit more than big agriculture
- The Des Moines Register editorial board says current farm bill policy is designed for the best interest of “powerful agricultural commodity organizations” instead of the public.
Billings Gazette: Food market reform groups eye farm bill
- R-CALF USA and U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., mentioned as main players in efforts to change livestock marketing rules in the farm bill.
Great Falls Tribune: Baucus speaks out on farm bill legislation
- During trip to Busch Agricultural Resources in MT, Baucus summarizes farm bill action, expectations
FOOD & NUTRITION
Fresh Plaza: Expert: Transgenics could head off ‘the end of orange juice’
- North American Agricultural Biotechnology Council’s 25th annual conference will focus on fruits and vegetables as the next wave of transgenic food crops.
Reuters: Insight: Pork industry hunts for deadly pig virus
- Deadly swine virus raises questions about the bio-security shield designed to protect the U.S. food supply.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: China Divides Europe in Fight Against Tariffs
- Germany sides with China in trade spat over solar panels.
Wall Street Journal: It's Time for a 21st-Century Trade Policy
- Razeen Sally calls for scrapping bilaterals and COOL in WSJ
Irish Times: Thousands of farmers protest in Dublin
- Several thousand farmers protested outside Dublin Castle over planned changes to the way EU farm payments are made.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: Texas governor signs bill key to $2 billion water plan
- After 2 years of drought, new fund will finance up to $30 billion in water projects over 50 years
Reuters: Pesticides again tied to Parkinson’s disease
- But Mayo Clinic doctor says study still can't prove that pesticides cause people to develop the neurological condition.
CNN: Wal-Mart pays $82 million fine for dumping hazardous waste
- Wal-Mart will pay $82 million for violating the Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations, after dumping pesticides and other hazardous materials down the drain.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Senate immigration bill could benefit U.S. agriculture, too
- The Washington Post’s editorial board discuss the agricultural provisions in the immigration bill that could generate support for the bill from some rural lawmakers.
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