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Daily Harvest -- 2/12/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Vilsack quizzed on crop insurance, WOTUS, SNAP at House Ag hearing
Link - (Subscriber only) USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spent four hours with the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday talking about the state of the rural economy and answering members' questions about a wide range of issues - ranging from the EPA's controversial Waters of the U.S. proposal to country-of-origin labeling to nutrition programs for the poor.

Agri-Pulse: Inhofe: Ready for regulatory roll-back agenda
Link - (Subscriber only) Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., is confident the new GOP-run Senate will succeed in reversing the Obama administration's most burdensome and costly regulations.

Agri-Pulse: Appropriators say Corps of Engineers needs more, but not for WOTUS
Link - Appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate questioned the Army Corps of Engineers today on President Obama's proposal to reduce spending for the agency in fiscal year 2016, while allocating $5 million for “waters of the United States” implementation.

Wall Street Journal: Republicans Eye Changes to Food-Stamp Program
Link - House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a revision of the food-stamps program after its sharp expansion during the recession.

Bloomberg: Port Deal Near as One Issue Remains, Long Beach Chief Says
Link - Negotiations toward a contract for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports are within days of a resolution, hanging on whether their union can fire arbitrators, the top executive at the Port of Long Beach said.

Des Moines Register: The Register's Editorial: Research on livestock needs more oversight
Link - The New York Times published an eye-opening report last month on animal-welfare abuses at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb.


Agri-Pulse: House sends Keystone bill to Obama, defying veto threat
Link - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is headed to President Barack Obama for a certain veto after getting final congressional approval in the House on Thursday.

Reuters: U.S. ethanol stocks largest in 2 years on rising output
Link - Stockpiles of U.S. ethanol rose to the largest in more than two years as producers of the grain-based biofuel boosted output for the first time in three weeks, U.S. Energy Information Administration data showed on Wednesday.

The Economist: Refilling the pipeline
Link - Spurred on by the shale boom in America, private-equity funds have invested heavily in the energy sector.


Washington Post: Bake sales are out, healthier school fundraisers are in
Link - Government rules requiring many schools to hold more nutritious fundraisers, along with a trend toward healthier eating in schools, could mean trouble for the long-beloved bake sale. In response, schools are selling everything from fruit to kid-friendly shoelaces.

Des Moines Register: More kids eating breakfast at US schools
Link - Student participation in school breakfast is growing as the program reaches more children in low-income communities, according to studies released this week by an anti-hunger organization

Capital Press: Influx of organic consumers raises marketing questions
Link - Many new organic consumers have little experience with the organic label and some shoppers think they’re buying organic when they’re actually not, experts say.


Agri-Pulse: USDA study shows benefits of NAFTA
Link - (Audio) As Congress is considering granting Trade Promotion Authority to move multilateral trade agreements forward SDA Secretary of Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse points to two previous trade agreements that have helped increase agricultural exports.

Agri-Pulse: House panel gives cold shoulder to CFTC budget request
Link - The chairman of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee today told the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the agency won't be getting the $72 million increase in spending President Obama is asking for.

Reuters: U.S. challenges China export subsidy program
Link - The United States on Wednesday challenged a Chinese export subsidy program for products including textiles, medical products and agriculture, alleging the support was illegal under international trade law.

Washington Post: US alleges that China unfairly helps its exporters
Link - The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Wednesday that China designates certain export companies as “demonstration bases” that receive free or discounted services from suppliers. The U.S. says China paid the suppliers almost $1 billion over three years to provide those services.

Wall Street Journal: CFTC Reviews Retail Forex-Trading Rules Following FXCM Debacle
Link - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is considering ways to boost its oversight of foreign-exchange dealers catering to mom-and-pop retail investors in light of a trading debacle that nearly collapsed broker FXCM Inc. last month, the agency’s chairman said Wednesday.


The Fresno Bee: Tulare’s World Ag Expo, Day 2: Water conservation for sale
Link - With the demise last year of PureSense, a pioneering irrigation technology company based in Fresno, several vendors at the World Ag Expo in Tulare had no trouble capturing the interest of their former customers.

CNBC: Outside states to California dairy farmers: We have water
Link - With California facing its fourth year of a devastating drought, and dairy operators struggling with the high cost of hay, other states are swooping in to try to lure them away.


NBC News: Immigration Protests Return to Hill, Activists Convene on Exec Action
Link - Immigration protesters returned in force to Capitol HIll Wednesday, staging sit-ins in dozens of House and Senate members' offices as the congressional stalemate over a Department of Homeland Security funding bill continued.

The Hill: Republicans at odds over immigration
Link - Senate and House Republicans are fighting over who should move first to break the stalemate over funding the Department of Homeland Security.


Reuters: Peltz softens stance on splitting DuPont
Link - Activist investor Nelson Peltz's hedge fund said it was "open-minded" about keeping DuPont (DD.N) together, after agitating for months to break up the chemical conglomerate.

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