Daily Harvest -- 1/23/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House panel plans 'full-scale' review of food stamp program
- House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says his committee will conduct a “full-scale review” of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Agri-Pulse: Nebraska 3rd District, Iowa's 4th top list of U.S. agricultural producers
- Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District is the top agricultural producing district in the nation, edging out the 4th District of Iowa, according to figures from USDA's 2012 Census of Agriculture.
The Hill: Obama to nominate deputy chief at EPA
- President Obama said he will nominate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) acting deputy chief to take the position officially.
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol opponents fail to get Senate vote
- A bipartisan proposal to kill the corn ethanol mandates won't be considered in the Senate.
Agri-Pulse: Iowa caucus campaign aimed at RFS education
- (Audio) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has announced a major new bipartisan campaign that will promote the Renewable Fuel Standard in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses.
Des Moines Register: Iowa could be Battleground Ethanol in 2016
- Iowa will be Battleground Ethanol in the 2016 presidential race if a couple of seasoned political strategists have their way.
Bloomberg: Iowa Ethanol Lobby Starts 2016 Campaign to Regain Its Influence
- Renewable-fuels advocates are promising to spend millions putting ethanol back in the debate for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus next year as cheap oil and setbacks in biofuels policy make the additive less central to voters.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Study finds COOL had no role in drop in imports of Canadian cattle
- An Auburn University professor says his research shows that U.S. country-of-origin meat labeling rules (COOL) played no role in the decline in cattle exports to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.
The Hill: Trade war erupts between Obama, Dems
- A trade war is erupting between Democrats and the Obama administration over efforts to pass “fast-track” legislation that would smooth the way for two major trade deals.
The Hill: Reid expresses opposition to trade promotion authority
- The Senate’s top Democrat said he won't consider giving President Obama expanded trade powers until he is convinced that far-reaching trade agreements will help the middle class.
Reuters: Mexico says Pacific free trade deal 'feasible' in mid-March
- A deal on a 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade pact could be concluded in mid-March, Mexico's economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said on Thursday.
Houston Chronicle: Vilsack pushes Pacific trade, at the exclusion of China
- A trans-Pacific trade agreement topped the agenda of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during his visit to the Houston Chronicle boardroom today. He heralded the pact, which would break down trade barriers between the United States and 11 Pacific nations, excluding China.
Washington Post: U.S., Cuba find ‘profound differences’ in first round of talks
- The Cuban and American delegations sat at parallel tables, eight wary diplomats on each side, facing each other across a distance of about six feet and a gulf filled with more than a half-century of grievances.
Wall Street Journal: U.S., Cuba Open Talks on Re-Establishing Ties
- U.S. and Cuban officials held a first round of talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic relations, calling the discussions productive but saying further conversations are needed before the two sides can formally re-establish embassies, an important first step.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Hopes for Drought’s End Fade as California Rains Vanish
- California will reach the halfway point in its rainy season this weekend. Hopes that the three-year drought will be washed away are probably already in the past.
Wall Street Journal: Rising Temperatures Could Cut Crop Output
- Rising temperatures in coming decades could sharply reduce U.S. crop production and reshape the nation’s agriculture industry, according to a new climate-change analysis.
Wall Street Journal: Stricter Farm-Pollution Rules Nixed in Maryland
- In one of his first official acts, Maryland’s new Republican Gov. Larry Hogan put the brakes on expanded farm-pollution regulations just as they were about to take effect, setting up a potential fight with the Democratic-controlled Legislature and drawing concern from the federal agency monitoring Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.
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