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Jul 10, 2013

Attempt to revive U.S. farm bill falls short in U.S. House

WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the
House of Representative hit a dead end on Wednesday in an effort
to revive the $500 billion, five-year U.S. farm bill, increasing
the likelihood that Congress will opt for a second extension of
current law.

Following the surprise defeat of the bill last month, House
Republican leaders floated an approach this week championed by
conservative Tea Party members: splitting the bill in two.

Jul 2, 2013

U.S. approves 2nd horse slaughterhouse, but renews bid for ban

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. government approved
a horse slaughter plant in Iowa on Tuesday, its second such move
in four days, but it also renewed its appeal to Congress to ban
the business and was hit by a lawsuit from animal welfare
groups.

In a statement, the U.S. Agriculture Department said it was
required by law to issue a “grant of inspection” to Responsible
Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, because it met all federal
requirements. USDA will also be obliged to assign meat
inspectors to the plant.

Jul 2, 2013

Groups urge U.S. House leaders to try again on farm bill

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – Hundreds of U.S. farm and
agribusiness groups have urged Republican leaders in the House
of Representatives to try again to pass the $500 billion,
five-year farm bill that suffered an historic and unexpected
defeat in June.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, the
groups asked for a fresh vote as soon as possible. They also
opposed the idea, floated by a faction of fiscally conservative
Republicans, of splitting the bill into two parts.

Jul 2, 2013

U.S. approves a second horse slaughterhouse, but renews bid for ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government approved a horse slaughter plant in Iowa on Tuesday, its second such move in four days, but at the same time it renewed its appeal to Congress to ban the business.

In a statement, the Agriculture Department said it was required by law to issue a “grant of inspection” to Responsible Transportation, of Sigourney, in southeastern Iowa, because it met all federal requirements. USDA will also be obliged to assign meat inspectors to the plant.

Jun 27, 2013

U.S. lawmakers to examine Smithfield-Shuanghui deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will examine the proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods (SFD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest pork processor, by Shuanghui International of China at a hearing in July, Debbie Stabenow, the head of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said on Thursday.

Smithfield Chief Executive Larry Pope will be among those to testify at the July 10 hearing. Other witnesses have not been announced.

Jun 21, 2013

U.S. likely to extend old farm law after House derails new bill

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is headed
for a second stop-gap extension of current farm law if
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives cannot get
new legislation back on track after a stunning defeat.

Farm lobbyists and analysts on Friday said a short-term
extension was the easiest resolution of the previous day’s
legislative chaos, which derailed Republican plans for major
reform to crop subsidies and food stamps.

Jun 20, 2013

House deals shock defeat to farm bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican budget-cutters joined with Democratic defenders of food stamps on Thursday to deal a shocking defeat to the proposed $500 billion, five-year farm bill backed by Republican leaders, undermining hopes of enacting such legislation before the current stop-gap law expires.

“Today’s failure leaves the entire food and agriculture sector in the lurch,” the American Soybean Association, a group which represents growers, said in a statement.

Jun 19, 2013

Monsanto exec, other biotech pioneers win World Food Prize

WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) – An executive with Monsanto
Co and two other pioneers in agricultural biotechnology
said their selection as winners of the $250,000 World Food Prize
on Wednesday should encourage the wider use of genetically
engineered crops.

The Iowa foundation that administers the prize, created by
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug, said genetically
modified crops offer higher yields and more resistance to pests,
plant disease and harsh weather.

Jun 14, 2013

Probe indicates biotech wheat was ‘isolated incident’: USDA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The unapproved genetically modified wheat that was discovered sprouting in Oregon appears to have been “a single isolated incident,” U.S. agricultural officials said on Friday in their most detailed description yet of their ongoing investigation.

The Department of Agriculture said in a statement it had found no genetically modified seeds in any field it investigated beyond the original site, and “all information collected so far shows no indication” any biotech wheat was in the food chain.

Jun 14, 2013

As U.S. House takes up farm bill, groups warn of hidden costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. House of Representatives gets ready to debate a $500 billion, five-year farm bill, environmentalists and fiscal hawks warn the legislation could leave taxpayers on the hook for expensive new subsidies to growers if crop prices fall.

House Speaker John Boehner this week said he would vote for the bill, despite misgivings over dairy subsidies, and that a majority of House Republicans would support the bill.