Agribusiness Update for Thursday 3/7/13

Agribusiness Update for Thursday 3/7/13

This is the Agribusiness Update...I’m Greg Martin...

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013 Monday to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act and Clean Water Act to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to use pesticides.

The U.S. Meat industry is very concerned over the possibility of stoppage of production at packing plants across the country following failure to solve the sequester problem. American Meat Institute’s Janet Riley says they will know more next week where the furlough process is at. She says USDA has the ability and duty to make cuts without ceasing inspections.

Senator Charles Schumer, working on crafting comprehensive U.S. immigration reform, urged technology firms to stop lobbying for a standalone bill on high-skilled immigrants, saying such narrow legislation would not pass, saying: "You will not get a bill unless there's a full immigration bill."

That’s today’s Agribusiness Update from the Ag Information Network. 

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