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Daily Harvest -- 1/16/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Lucas continues work on proposal to solve dairy differences
Link - (Subscriber only) House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said today he has a proposal to possibly settle the dairy policy battle, which is one issue stalling movement on a long-term farm bill.

Agri-Pulse: Peterson, lawmakers meet with McCarthy on RFS
Link - House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and other lawmakers met today with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to express disappointment with the agency's proposal to lower the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Agri-Pulse: House approves spending increase for USDA in omnibus bill
Link - (Subscriber only) The House approved today a $1 trillion omnibus spending package that would fund the federal government, including USDA and FDA, through fiscal year 2014.

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.

Reuters: U.S. farm bill deal could be reached this week –senator
Link - Negotiations in Congress on the long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed this week after progress was stalled by a disagreement over a dairy price support program, a senator said on Wednesday.

Omaha World Herald: Subsidy limits in new farm bill are 'in trouble,' Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry says
Link - Advocates for tightening limits on federal farm subsidy payments rejoiced at their victory last year when their proposals were included in both the House and Senate versions of the latest farm bill.

Washington Post: U.S. dairy industry wants price protections in the farm bill
Link - The editorial board says this story of partisan bickering does not quite do justice to the wasteful absurdity of the entire dairy-subsidy effort.

Roll Call: Cochran Baits Primary Hook With Catfish Fight
Link - Just a couple of months ago, Republicans viewed Thad Cochran as the most likely senator to retire in 2014. But now that he’s seeking a seventh term, the Mississippi senator has more work to do than any other Republican in his chamber.


Agri-Pulse: Obesity, diabetes rates mean U.S. not one of the best places to eat
Link - A new report by Oxfam America ranks the United States 21st out of 125 on its index of best countries to eat in around the world.


Agri-Pulse: National Cotton Council disappointed by Brazilian comments
Link - (Subscriber only) The National Cotton Council (NCC) said today it is “deeply disappointed and disturbed” by statements reportedly made by representatives of the Brazilian cotton industry during their recent visit to Washington.

Agri-Pulse: WikiLeaks releases secret TPP proposals on environment
Link - WikiLeaks released the secret draft text today for the entire Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) environment chapter and the corresponding chairs' report.

The Hill: House Dems, White House pick up pace of talks on trade issues
Link - Congressional Democrats say the White House is stepping up their discussions on the expanding trade agenda in hopes of gathering support for what are considered major pieces of the economic agenda.

Reuters: China says still no timetable on GMO commercialization
Link - China's agriculture ministry says there is still no timetable for the commercialisation of domestically developed genetically-modified strains of corn and rice, although the country is already the world's top buyer of GMO soy.


Agri-Pulse: Snowpack indicates limited water supply as Western drought rolls on
Link - There's little relief ahead for the drought-weary U.S. West, according to a government agency's first water supply forecast of 2014.

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