Daily Harvest -- 3/7/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senators express concern that CFTC nominees have no agriculture sector experience
- While the three nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), including for the chairmanship, received a warm bipartisan welcome from the Senate Agriculture Committee today, two senators raised concerns that none of the nominees have experience in the agriculture sector.
Agri-Pulse: Six states join lawsuit against California egg law
- Five states joined Missouri in a lawsuit against California over its law requiring more space for all egg-laying hens. The standards apply to all eggs produced within the state as well as eggs produced in any other states but sold in California.
Agri-Pulse: House members introduce ag privacy law
- Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., Lee Terry, R-Neb., Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., today introduced legislation to prohibit EPA from disclosing the private information of livestock and poultry producers.
Agri-Pulse: Water resources development bills still percolating with conferees
- Stakeholders in the water resources development game continue to closely watch for a final agreement among conferees trying to resolve differences between House and Senate bills that would reauthorize and reform the programs.
Agri-Pulse: More oversight needed at USDA to combat waste, fraud, Fong tells lawmakers
- 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.
Agri-Pulse: APHIS reschedules stakeholder meeting on animal quarantine
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has rescheduled a stakeholder meeting on live animal quarantine centers that was cancelled this week due to inclement weather.
Agri-Pulse: Interview: Minnesota Soybean Association President George Goblish
- (Video) Agri-Pulse Associate Editor Sarah Gonzalez interviews the Minnesota Soybean Association President George Goblish at the 2014 Commodity Classic Convention.
Politico: Judge strikes down small drones ban
- A federal judge slapped down the FAA’s fine for a drone operator, saying there was no law banning the commercial use of small drones.
DTN: Something's Gotta Give on 2014 Expenses
- If high cash rents and bloated overhead expenses of the past five years are any indicator of the future, high-cost corn producers could be awash in red ink in 2014.
Bloomberg: Vilsack Says Delay Not Possible for Food-Stamp Cuts
- A request by lawmakers to delay reductions in food-stamp benefits that Congress approved in a new farm bill can’t be met because of how the law was written, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Washington Post: More than 100 groups argue against USDA poultry processing plan
- More than 100 farm, food safety, worker rights, animal welfare and environmental groups sent a joint letter Thursday to the White House, asking President Obama to reject the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposal to make substantial changes to the way 9 billion chickens and turkeys are processed annually in plants across America.
Reuters: U.N. world food price index jumps 2.6 pct in February
- Global food prices rose 2.6 percent in February in the sharpest climb since mid-2012 due to unfavourable weather, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, with the crisis in Ukraine threatening to cause future volatility.
The Hill: Democrat says CFTC's low budget 'sucks'
- A leading House Democrat on the Appropriations Committee said Thursday that the federal regulator for commodities has such a small budget that it "sucks."