Daily Harvest -- 2/10/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers will look at debt ceiling, Keystone, immigration
- Lawmakers are expected to address, or at least discuss, the next looming financial crisis after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling by the end of the month to avoid a government default.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rep. Frank Lucas
- (Audio) Lucas details several provisions of the bill plus implementation and potential government exposure if commodity prices fall. He also responds to news media mockery of the bill over obscure provisions and discusses his political future in Oklahoma after compromising on several key provisions to gain passage of the bill.
Agri-Pulse: Obama signs historic five-year farm bill into law
- (Subscriber only) President Obama signed into law a sweeping five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) today that authorizes nearly $1 trillion in spending and makes historic changes to agricultural policy.
Agri-Pulse: Farm bill includes biochemical provisions
- (Audio) The newly signed farm bill includes some importation provisions in the Energy Title for biorefiners seeking to add more value to their operations by including renewable chemicals in the Biorefinery Assistance Program and Biomass Research and Development Program.
New York Times: Lacking a House, a Senator Is Renewing His Ties in Kansas
- Mr. Roberts’s race highlights the divisions within the Republican Party that are playing out in primaries across the country at a time when anti-Washington animus is running high and moderate voices have been displaced by lawmakers with conservative positions on abortion, taxes and education.
Wall Street Journal: Tight Propane Supply Reaches Crisis
- Federal and state officials are pushing emergency measures to get propane to people who need the gas to heat their homes in the Midwest and other regions of the country beset by persistent frigid temperatures.
Wall Street Journal: Supply Worries Butter Up Corn
- Corn prices rose to a four-month high, fueled by expectations that a government crop report Monday will project lower domestic stockpiles of the grain.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Farmers Likely to Ramp Up Cotton Plantings
- U.S. farmers are expected to plant more cotton this spring than they did last year and reap a crop almost one-quarter larger than the previous harvest, an industry group said.
The Hill: GOP proposal for food stamps: Show some ID
- A dozen House Republicans say people who use federal food stamps should be required to show a photo ID when they use their electronic benefit cards (EBCs) to buy groceries.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: California company recalls 8.7 million pounds of beef products
- Rancho Feeding Corp., of Petaluma, California, is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because they were processed from “diseased and unsound animals,” USDA said.
Des Moines Register: Pioneer develops healthful oil option as trans fats exit
- The Johnston-based seed giant is betting big — $150 million — that oil from its Plenish soybeans will replace the partially hydrogenated oil used to crisp our fries and keep our cookies, crackers and chips fresh.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Billings Gazette: Agriculture, trade are hallmarks of Baucus' tenure
- Max Baucus has plowed through a lot of legislation in his 36 years in the U.S. Senate, but perhaps no legislation more significant than that on agriculture and trade, observers say.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Associated Press: Panel Says Federal Wolf Plan Used Unproven Science
- A proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case.
Washington Post: California drought hits farmers hardest
- California is entering its third year of drought, a recurring nightmare for those old enough to remember the prolonged dry period of 1987 to 1991 and the disaster of 1976 and 1977, the previous record-setting drought.
Bloomberg: California Ranchers Miss Beef Rally as Drought Cuts Herds
- Record-high U.S. beef prices offer little comfort to California rancher Kevin Kester, whose family has been raising cattle since 1867. He’s just trying to avoid losing his herd to the state’s worst drought ever.
Washington Post: House Republicans muddy California’s water crisis
- The editorial board says it appears that California won’t be spared from another threat — Washington politicians talking foolishly about the water crisis or, worse, meddling in the state’s efforts to cope.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: House Republicans Cool to Schumer Immigration Proposal
- Sen. Charles Schumer tried to break the impasse over immigration Sunday, suggesting that Congress pass a law that wouldn’t take effect until after President Barack Obama leaves office. There was no indication, however, that House Republicans would accept the proposal.
New York Times: Boehner Is Hit From the Right on Overhaul for Immigration
- Since October’s government shutdown, Mr. Boehner has been in open warfare with outside conservative groups, dealing them one loss after another. But on immigration, the groups flexed their collective muscles.
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