Daily Harvest -- 3/21/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol groups ask Supreme Court to rule on California clean-fuel regulations
- The ethanol industry, represented by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFS) and Growth Energy, asked the Supreme Court today to rule on the constitutionality of California's clean-fuel regulations, known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).
Agri-Pulse: TV 'ad blitz' planned to argue against cutting RFS
- The liberal group Americans United for Change (AUC) is financing an “ad blitz” in the Washington media market on the major TV talk shows this Sunday to argue its case against reducing the mandated requirements for ethanol and other biofuel use in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Altus Times: Congressman dicusses new Farm Bill at town hall meeting
- Congressman Frank Lucas held a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 19, in Council Chambers of the Altus Municipal Complex to discuss events in Washington D.C., and to take comments and questions from the citizens of Altus and Jackson County.
Wall Street Journal: City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation's Political Divide
- (Subscriber only) There have always been differences between rural and urban America, but they have grown vast and deep, and now are an underappreciated factor in dividing the U.S. political system, say politicians and academicians.
The Hill: Oil lobby optimistic on repealing renewable fuel standard
- The American Petroleum Institute is optimistic it can convince a majority in the House to endorse reforming or repealing the renewable fuel standard (RFS), an official with the group said.
The Hill: States outflank GOP on food stamp cuts
- Democratic governors appear to have the upper hand in a fight with House Republican leaders over a change to federal welfare policy that was enacted in February.
New York Times: The Plot to Cut Food Stamps, Foiled
- According to the New York Times editorial board, some states’ refusal to reduce food stamp spending has infuriated the Republican Party, which “doesn’t believe that poor families should get public assistance in buying groceries.”
Wall Street Journal: Corn Futures Fall as High Prices May Prompt Farmer Sales
- Corn futures fell on speculation that farmers are liquidating some corn they have in storage ahead of spring planting, making more of the grain available to exporters, ethanol producers and livestock feeders.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Report: Schools need more equipment to serve healthier meals
- A new report from the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project shows 86 percent of schools are serving lunches that meet federal nutrition standards - but many will need better kitchen equipment to continue their work.
CNBC: Why inflation is a hard swallow for food companies
- It's a safe bet that consumers won't like feeling the economic pinch at the checkout stand. But does food inflation mean boon times for the stocks of food-producing companies like Archer Daniels Midland, and Hormel? How about retailers like McDonald's and Albertson's. Not likely say experts.
Journal Sentinel: Economist predicts 'Year of the Cow'
- Though not everyone believes him, economist Daniel Basse maintains that the dairy industry is moving back to the paradigm before the ethanol buildup. "This is your time," he told 1,500 members of the dairy industry last week in Madison.
Omaha World-Herald: Rising milk prices: Soaring demand is good news for farmers; shoppers weighing their choices
- While prices are climbing toward the $5-a-gallon mark in a few stores across the Omaha metro area, some shoppers are finding ways to use less milk, even if it means changing retail preferences or modifying eating habits at home.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: USDA warns China could pay premium on future corn imports
- China could face premiums on future corn purchases after rejecting U.S. genetically modified corn in recent months, an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal: U.S., Russia Trade Sanctions Over Crimea
- The U.S. raised the stakes Thursday in its confrontation with Russia over Crimea, aiming a new round of sanctions closer to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle even as Moscow struck back with penalties of its own on U.S. lawmakers and White House officials.
Wall Street Journal: New Owner Gives Wings to Pilgrim's Pride Turnaround
- (Subscriber only) Pilgrim's, acquired in late 2009 by Brazilian meatpacker JBS spent $1.3 million on the automated machinery two years ago so it could cut dark meat into smaller portions in Athens.
Financial Times: US companies urge restraint on Russia sanctions
- (Subscriber only) President Barack Obama’s move to expand sanctions punishing Russia could raise fears in corporate America of an extended economic confrontation with Moscow.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: California field hearing becomes water rally
- (Audio) Thousands gathered in Fresno, California, Wednesday for a congressional field hearing on the state’s water crisis. The House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on how the drought has made an already bad water situation in the state worse.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers offer bill to construct water storage reservoir in California
- Two bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would authorize a feasibility study and construction of water storage reservoir in Northern California.
DTN: Rhode Island Senator Sees Turning Point in Debate on Carbon Emissions
- U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island said he wants to lay the groundwork so that any candidate running for president, Democrat or Republican, has to be credible in acknowledging the science and need to act on climate change.
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