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AgDay Daily Recap -January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 29, 2014

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT STILL NEEDS PASSAGE BY THE FULL HOUSE AND SENATE, AND THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN OFF, BUT THE LONG OVERDUE FARM BILL APPEARS TO BE IN THE HOMESTRETCH. MANY OF THE MAJOR FARM GROUPS ARE LENDING THEIR SUPPORT TO THE LEGISLATION. THE CORN, SOYBEAN, AND WHEAT GROUPS ARE IN FAVOR. THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SAYS THEY'RE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. HOWEVER, THE DECISION NOT TO REPEAL COUNTRY OF ORGIN LABELING HAS THE LIVESTOCK AND MEAT LOBBIES READY TO FIGHT BACK.

SNAP:

ONE OF THE BIG STICKING POINTS THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS - ESPECIALLY FROM NON-FARM LAWMAKERS - DEALT WITH THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. THIS FINAL VERSION OF THE FARM BILL WOULD CUT EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS. WASHINGTON INSIDERS SAY MANY SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE LIKELY TO BE UNHAPPY WITH THE FOOD STAMPS MEASURE, WHICH CUTS ROUGHLY TWICE AS MUCH AS SENATORS APPROVED IN MAY. BUT THE CUTS ARE FAR LESS THAN WHAT REPUBLICANS PUSHED FOR ON THE HOUSE SIDE.

DAIRY:

DAIRY POLICY HAS ALSO BEEN A MAJOR STICKING POINT. AFTER REWORKING THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL, THE NEW PROGRAM WOULD DO AWAY WITH CURRENT PRICE SUPPORTS IN DAIRY AND ALLOW FARMERS TO PURCHASE A NEW KIND OF INSURANCE THAT PAYS OUT WHEN THE GAP BETWEEN THE PRICE THEY RECEIVE FOR MILK AND THEIR FEED COSTS NARROWS. BUT IT WOULD NOT INCLUDE A SO-CALLED STABILIZATION PROGRAM THAT WOULD HAVE DICTATED PRODUCTION CUTS WHEN OVERSUPPLY DRIVES DOWN PRICES

JENSON BROTHERS:

TWO COLORADO CANTALOUPE FARMERS WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR CHARGES STEMMING FROM A DEADLY LISTERIA OUTBREAK IN 2011 WILL NOT SERVE ANY JAIL TIME. ERIC AND RYAN JENSEN HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS OF PROBATION AND SIX MONTHS OF HOME DETENTION. A JUDGE IN COLORADO ALSO ORDERED THE TWO MEN TO PAY 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION. THEY PLEADED GUILTY LAST YEAR TO COUNTS OF INTRODUCING ADULTERATED FOOD INTO INTERSTATE COMMERCE. 33 PEOPLE DIED FROM LISTERA AFTER EATING THE MELON GROWN ON THEIR FARM.

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