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Daily Harvest -- 1/28/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Farm bill agreement has finally arrived in Congress
Link - Top House and Senate agriculture committee leaders today announced a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that promises deficit reduction, economic growth, and much-needed certainty to U.S. farmers.

Agri-Pulse: Livestock groups vow to oppose final farm bill on COOL, GIPSA issues
Link - Some of the nation's biggest livestock groups are vowing to oppose final passage of the farm bill if it reflects certain reported decisions regarding the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL).

Agri-Pulse: Propane shortage causing concerns nationwide
Link - (Audio) Propane prices have skyrocketed this month all over the nation for a number of reasons, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration analyst Nathan Hamilton. He said some states are taking action to deal with the shortage.

Agri-Pulse: RFS opponents seek legislative reform
Link - In a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, more than 30 groups organized by the National Council of Chain Restaurants asked for a renewed push toward Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) reform.

Agri-Pulse: Monsanto shareholder group seeks study on GMO issues
Link - Monsanto shareholders tomorrow will vote on a resolution requesting a study to outline “material, financial and operational risks” that genetically modified (GMO) crop products place on the company.

Washington Post: Negotiators unveil new Farm Bill; vote expected this week
Link - Negotiators agreed Monday evening on a new five-year Farm Bill that slashes about $23 billion in federal spending by ending direct payments to farmers, consolidating dozens of Agriculture Department programs and by cutting about $8 billion in food stamp assistance.

Kansas City Star: Farm bill deal would cut food stamps by 1 percent
Link - There are cuts to the food stamp program — $800 million a year, or around 1 percent — for Republicans who say the program is spending too much money, but they are low enough that some Democrats will support them.

The Hill: Dairy break for small farmers key to deal
Link - The 2014 farm bill was sealed when negotiators agreed to lower insurance premiums for small dairy farms. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Monday night that he helped orchestrate the compromise over the weekend.

The Fresno Bee: Federal farm bill lets California keep strict animal welfare rules
Link - California can keep its strict animal welfare standards after all under a long-awaited farm bill, all but finished by congressional negotiators.

National Journal: Frank Lucas Is Thrilled That This Whole Farm Bill Thing Is Finally Over
Link - Rep. Frank Lucas expressed an exhausted sort of gratitude Monday night after he and fellow farm-bill conferees released the final 959-page bill.

The Atlantic: How Republicans Lost the Farm
Link - The Tea Party has pulled the GOP away from the interests of rural Americans—some of the party's most loyal constituents.

The Hill: Ag chairman Lucas gets primary challenger
Link - A Tea Party challenger announced Monday he will run against House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.).


Bloomberg Businessweek: Chipotle Lampoons Agriculture Industry With Hulu Miniseries
Link - The series follows fictional company Animoil’s attempts to market a new animal feed made of petroleum, PetroPellet, despite its unfortunate side effect of making cows blow up.

Reuters: Drug critic slams FDA over antibiotic oversight in meat production
Link - The Food and Drug Administration allowed 18 animal drugs to stay on the market even after an agency review found the drugs posed a "high risk" of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply, according to a study released Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.


Wall Street Journal: U.S. Ethanol Exporters Search for a Port
Link - U.S. ethanol makers are banking on export markets as they grapple with Obama administration plans to cut U.S. consumption requirements, but the industry is hampered by a distribution structure built almost exclusively around the domestic market.

Reuters: Piglet-killing PED virus spreads to second Canada farm
Link - The piglet-killing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has spread to a second Canadian farm, government officials said on Monday.


Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse names Ann Tracy Mueller as editorial coordinator
Link - Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Tracy Mueller as our new editorial coordinator based in Camdenton, Mo.

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