Daily Harvest -- 3/6/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA sets stakeholder meetings about Farm Bill implementation
Link - USDA today announced a series of meetings to share information with stakeholders about the 2014 Farm Bill implementation process.
Agri-Pulse: House leaders criticize EPA plan on U.S. waters definition
Link - Two top House lawmakers wrote a letter today to President Obama expressing concern over EPA's plan to clarify the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.
Agri-Pulse: More oversight needed at USDA to combat waste, fraud, Fong tells lawmakers
Link - While USDA's Office of Inspector General has made recent progress in addressing waste, fraud, and abuse among programs administered by the department's agencies, more attention needs to be paid to oversight in most USDA agencies, Inspector General Phyllis Fong told a House panel Wednesday.
Brownfield: Nebraska joins lawsuit against California
Link - The state of Nebraska is joining Missouri’s lawsuit challenging California’s egg production standards. Those standards, which require larger cages for egg laying hens, were established by the passage of Proposition 2 in 2008.
The Hill: Lawmakers offer 'no welfare for weed' bill
Link - A new bill introduced Tuesday would prevent people from using food stamps or other federal aid to buy medical marijuana.
Wall Street Journal: Futures Prices Are Going Hog-Wild
Link - (Subscriber only) Hog prices are soaring to new highs as a deadly swine virus batters the U.S. pork industry and threatens to curtail supplies.
Kansas City Star: Big Island farmer sues over GMO registration rule
Link - A Big Island papaya farmer is suing for relief from new registration requirements for growers of genetically modified crops.
Des Moines Register: Landowners along Missouri River sue U.S. Corps over flooding, seek damages
Link - Farmers, small businesses and other property owners along the Missouri River today filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging actions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and seeking damages caused by recurring flooding along the river from 2006 to 2011.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Issues with Japan remain in TPP
Link - (Audio) President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Asia next month, including countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership. While Congress has yet to approve Trade Promotion Authority, USTR Ambassador Michael Froman says they intend to keep working toward an agreement.
Bloomberg: Massad Joins CFTC Nominees Facing Senate on Swaps Views
Link - Three nominees for seats at the top U.S. derivatives regulator face questions about how tenaciously they’ll enforce the Dodd-Frank Act’s restrictions on the swaps market at a Senate confirmation hearing in Washington.
Wall Street Journal: Trade Agreement Could Sweeten Life for Candy Makers
Link - U.S. candy makers are hoping that trade partnerships can get them what the farm bill could not—access to more sugar from the global market.
Reuters: Even as Japan baulks at trade concessions, farmers move on
Link - When it comes to trade policy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a choice between the fears of Japan's ageing farm lobby and the hopes of suburban families lined up here at a nearly 20-metre long meat counter in a mall showcasing Australian beef.
Bloomberg: Ukraine Turmoil Seen Boosting U.S. Grain Exports as Corn Rallies
Link - Urkaine’s escalating turmoil is signaling that grain buyers may be forced to import more from the U.S. as corn prices rally to a six-month high.
Wall Street Journal: Ukrainian Farmers Holding Grain, Making Shipments Difficult
Link - (Subscriber only) Ukrainian farmers are holding on to grain to protect themselves against declines in the country's currency amid tensions with Russia, making exports from its Black Sea ports "increasingly difficult," the U.S. Grains Council said Wednesday.
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