Daily Harvest -- 1/30/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House approves five-year farm bill, sends it to Senate
- The House approved the five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) today, with a 251-166 vote, sending the nearly $1 trillion agricultural policy package to the Senate.
Agri-Pulse: North American Meat group disappointed farm bill fails to change COOL
- (Audio) The CEO of the North American Meat Association said he is disappointed that Congress did not address County of Origin Labeling (COOL) in the farm bill. NAMA will continue working with Congress as it waits for a WTO decision and proceeds with its litigation.
Wall Street Journal: Dairy farmers welcome farm bill's subsidy overhaul
- Farmers expressed relief this week that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies had ended with an overhaul that most thought would be fair and effective in keeping farms from going under during hard times.
ABC News: Farm Bill Includes Payments to Rural Counties
- The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.
Wall Street Journal: Farm Bill: Winners and Losers
- Like any 949-page piece of legislation, the farm bill unveiled Monday night produces a bumper crop of both winners and losers — some in the headlines, some in the fine print.
Politico: Mitch McConnell high on hemp provision in farm bill
- The five-term Kentucky senator today is celebrating the inclusion, in the farm bill conference report, of language he promoted that would allow colleges, universities and state departments of agriculture to grow test plots of hemp for industrial uses.
Sacramento Bee: Farm bill passes House, and California growers are happy
- The nation’s largest and most unique farm state, California gets multi-faceted attention in the long-stalled bill.
DTN: Obama Priorities: Immigration Reform, Cellulosic Biofuel Tax Credit
- Though he made few direct references to agriculture, President Barack Obama did include a nod to farmers and touched on issues important to rural America in Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
Des Moines Register: Miller says EPA can't cut mandate
- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says the federal government doesn’t have the authority to reduce how much ethanol and biodiesel should be blended into the U.S. fuel supply.
FOOD & NUTRITION
San Francisco Chronicle: Maine bill seeks to boost local food in schools
- Lawmakers are examining a plan designed to put more locally-grown food in Maine schools. The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee will hold a work session on a bill Thursday that would provide grants for groups to start "food hubs."
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Reid Deals Body Blow to Obama on Trade
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke publicly with the White House Wednesday on trade policy, instantly imperiling two major international trade deals and punching a hole in one piece of the economic agenda the president outlined in his State of the Union address a day earlier.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Kansas City Star: Rain comes to drought-stricken Northern CA
- Northern California is finally getting wet weather after some areas have gone without measurable rain for weeks. But the precipitation won't help much to ease the drought that plagued the region.
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