Daily Harvest -- 1/7/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Roll Call: 3 Reasons Congress’ Year Might Start Unexpectedly Strong
Link - Negotiators are signaling a breakthrough is imminent on an impasse that began 15 months ago. Politically, the No. 1 issue remains how much to pare nutrition assistance for the poor.
DTN: Farm Bill Conference Meeting Possible
Link - With the House returning to session on Tuesday, it's expected --- well, it's possible anyway --- that the farm-bill conference leaders could call a Thursday meeting for the full group of conferees.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Des Moines Register: USDA to purchase $126M in fruits, vegetables for food assistance programs
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday it intends to purchase up to $126.4 million worth of fruit and vegetable products that will be distributed to needy families under its Emergency Food Assistance Program.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: China Rejecting U.S. Corn as First Shipment From Ukraine Arrives
Link - China continued to reject corn cargoes from the U.S. that contained an unapproved genetically modified variety while accepting a first bulk-carrier shipment of the grain from Ukraine.
Financial Times: Obama challenge on selling trade deals to resurgent left
Link - It is far from clear that the President’s growing emphasis on economic populism can be squared with the president’s ambitious second-term trade agenda, including massive deals with other 11 Pacific nations and the EU that could well be sealed within the coming year.
Bloomberg: Business Groups Back Obama on Trade Amid Historic Debate
Link - Some of the largest U.S. business groups are lining up behind President Barack Obama to pressure Congress to clear the way for a pair of trade deals that could set rules for more than half the world’s economy.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Stopping Asian carp threat to Great Lakes could cost $18 billion, Army Corps says
Link - The Army Corps of Engineers released a report today outlining potential strategies to prevent Asian carp from entering into and damaging the Great Lakes ecosystem, with a price tag that could reach $18 billion.
New York Times: Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States
Link - The sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years. Many experts believe the current drought is only the harbinger of a new, drier era in which the Colorado’s flow will be substantially and permanently diminished.
Bloomberg: Wheat to Citrus Threatened by U.S. Cold as Cattle Climb
Link - Freezing weather across the U.S. will damage crops from winter wheat to oranges and is threatening livestock, sending cattle futures to an all-time high.
Agri-Pulse: First ever survey looks at bison industry
Link - (Audio) USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is conducting for the first time a comprehensive study of the bison industry.
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