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Daily Harvest -- 1/15/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Compromise on dairy policy in farm bill
Link - (Audio) Dispute over the direction of dairy policy in the farm bill has now become the major hold-up in negotiations. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said there may be ways to find compromise by be creative and making a flexible supply management provision.

Agri-Pulse: Farmland prices still up – but for how long?
Link - Farmland sales continue to climb, according to data released by national real estate and management firm Farmers National Company. The company says it made $750 million worth of sales in 2013, compared to $640 million in 2012.

Politico: Farm bill might aid West
Link - Trying to save itself, can the farm bill help save the West? That’s the intriguing question raised by a proposal Tuesday by House Republican leaders to use the farm bill as a lifeline for Western towns and counties surrounded by vast stretches of tax-exempt federal lands.

Connecticut Mirror: Connecticut dairy farmers at center of fight over farm bill
Link - Rep. Joe Courtney and the state’s dairy farmers are in a pitched battle with the most powerful member of the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, a fight that has stalled the farm bill and whose outcome is likely to affect the price of milk across the country. Grassley sees public opinion favoring payment limits
Link - Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) agrees with Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) that language Grassley authored to put strong payment limits in the Senate Farm Bill is holding up completion of a final bill that irons out differences between the House and Senate bills.


Southeast Farm Press: Agriculture Appropriations bill includes new funding for citrus disease research
Link - The federal Agriculture Appropriations bill for FY2014 approved by the full committee Jan. 13 includes additional funding for citrus disease research.

The Oregonian: Oregon agriculture booming but farmers, state worried about food safety rules
Link - Oregon agriculture, now the state's second biggest economic sector after the high-tech industry, is booming, but growers and processors are worried about the future with tighter food safety regulations looming on the horizon.


Wall Street Journal: Free Trade Gets Pushback From Democrats
Link - White House officials crafting President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and his agenda for the year are meeting resistance from congressional Democrats on the thorny issue of free trade.

Bloomberg: China Said to Reject Corn Products Found to Have GMO
Link - Quarantine inspectors at China’s Qingdao port rejected batches of dried distillers’ grains from the U.S. this week because they contained a banned gene, according to two buyers who had orders blocked. Prices fell.

Reuters: Brazil cotton growers pessimistic on U.S. subsidies dispute
Link - Brazilian cotton producers visiting Washington were pessimistic that the U.S. Congress would finish wrangling over farm policy in time to comply with international rules on cotton subsidies and avoid trade sanctions on U.S. exports to Brazil.

Kansas City Star: EU clinches deal on financial market regulation
Link - European Union negotiators have struck a deal on the outlines of new regulation covering a wide array of financial instruments and markets, including provisions to curb food speculation and tighter controls on the power of computers to make trading decisions.

Bloomberg: EU Sees Rising Food Output by 2023 on Export and Biofuel Demand
Link - European Union production of foodstuffs from cheese to poultry to wheat is predicted to climb by 2023 on demand for exports and the manufacturing of biofuels from grains, the 28-nation bloc said.

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