Daily Harvest -- 1/27/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill conferees press hard to wrap up
- Speedy negotiations on the farm bill are expected to continue this week as conferees and staff try to get a conference report approved by lawmakers - possibly as early as today.
Agri-Pulse: The President's Energy Legacy?
- Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh discuss President Barack Obama’s energy policy as final public comments approach on EPA's proposed rule that instead calls for the first RFS reductions in biofuels that refiners are required to blend into gasoline.
Agri-Pulse: Georgia GOP Senate candidates talk agriculture
- (Audio) There’s a crowded field of Republican candidates in Georgia seeking to replace Senator Saxby Chambliss. Chambliss is a former chair of the Agriculture Committee.
Agri-Pulse: Thune asks for propane shortage relief
- The record-breaking cold across the Midwest and Northeast has led to propane price spikes and shortages, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., today asked Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to provide some relief by relaxing trucking regulations.
New York Times: A Harder Outlook for Today’s Cowboy
- These days, as lofts and breweries spring up in the once blighted industrial neighborhoods near the old stockyards, the National Western Stock Show has also become a colorful illustration of just how strikingly life on the range has changed.
Politico: New farm bill readied for final debate
- After a two-year struggle and more perils than “Downton Abbey,” Congress should finally see a new farm bill this week as House-Senate negotiators worked through the weekend in hopes of filing the legislation by Monday night.
Washington Post: Farm Bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days
- A final version of the Farm Bill, legislation that accounts for billions of dollars in federal spending and has lingered on the congressional to-do list for two years, is expected to be unveiled as early as Monday, with final passage likely in the coming days, according to several aides familiar with the talks.
Huffington Post: The New Face Of Food Stamps: Working-Age Americans
- In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
Wall Street Journal: Propane Is Scarce As Cold Spell Lifts Demand, Prices
- Frigid temperatures in many parts of the country are contributing to soaring demand for propane, kicking off a surge in prices and a scramble to get the liquid gas used in agriculture and home heating to parts of the Midwest and South.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Harry Stine, Stine Seed
- (Audio) As world leaders look for new ways to feed over nine billion people by 2050, they will need to draw on the expertise of Harry Stine, a legendary plant breeder and developer of high yielding soybeans and hybrid corn.
PBS: Start-ups, organizations take on America’s food waste challenge
- According to the USDA, 30 to 40 percent of the food produced in America goes uneaten. Mona Iskander reports from West Virginia on how new businesses have emerged to help kitchens reduce food waste while turning a profit.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
USA Today: Police arrest man in Japan tainted food scandal
- Japanese police on Saturday arrested a factory worker at a plant that churned out food laced with pesticide, which led to massive poisoning and a recall of more than 6 million packages of frozen food.
Xinhuanet: Vice Premier urges reforms in progressing modern agriculture
- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Sunday urged authorities in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province to steadily construct an environment fit for modern agriculture.
Los Angeles Times: A new path on trade deals
- With no current instructions from Congress, the Obama administration has been negotiating trade deals under the rules Congress set more than a decade ago.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Tampa Tribune: Encouraging signs for Florida’s environment
- The run-up to this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee has been filled with promising signs for Florida’s environment, a surprising and encouraging development considering the virtual antipathy of recent Legislatures toward conservation.
Wall Street Journal: On the California Water Front
- The water shortage like so many other crises in California has been exacerbated by government. Californians are getting another first-hand lesson in the high costs of green regulation.
ABC News: California Drought Has Ranchers Selling Cattle
- Because of historically dry conditions, California's soil moisture — a key ingredient for the forage that cattle graze on — is low throughout the state. With feed costs high and weeks of dry weather in the forecast, ranchers are already selling off parts of their herds as normally green grazing pastures have turned brown.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: House GOP Sets New Push to Overhaul Immigration
- An effort by House lawmakers to overhaul immigration policy, which seemed all but dead for much of last year, is about to be revived and take center stage in Congress, with a new push by House Republican leaders and a fresh pitch by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday.
The Hill: Immigration reform battle centers on conservative Tea Party bloc
- These conservatives include Reps. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Trey Gowdy (S.C.), Justin Amash (Mich.), Renee Ellmers (N.C.) and Steve Scalise (La.).
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