– SENATE OVERRIDES FARM BILL VETO: The Senate voted 82-13 on Thursday to override President Bush’s veto of a $300 billion farm bill. The House voted to override the veto Wednesday night. Most of the bill, which will fund farm, nutrition and conservation programs for five years, was enacted into law after the override in Congress. However, because of a printing error, a section of the bill dealing with international food aid and trade assistance development that was inadvertently deleted was left in limbo. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Congress will work to approve the deleted section soon. Trade provisions for apparel importers and domestic textile producers enacted into law include a two-year extension of a preference program for Caribbean countries and expanded benefits for Haiti.
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– TICK TOCK: Procrastinators beware. The deadline to cast a ballot for nominees in the running for this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America awards is quickly approaching. Voting will end at midnight Friday.
– ITALIAN JOB: Valentino SpA has yet to indicate its succession plan in the wake of Thursday’s news that Graziano de Boni is exiting the Roman house to join Prada USA as president and chief executive officer, effective July 1. “The company does not have an official position,” Valentino said. De Boni was Valentino’s worldwide president of sales, marketing and retail, in addition to his role as president and chief executive of Valentino USA. At Prada USA, de Boni joins a team that includes chief operating officer Ruggero Caterini.