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Daily Harvest -- 6/19/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Senate debate on agriculture spending bill continues
Link - Senate debate on the appropriations “minibus” bill - which includes agriculture - continued today, as a number of lawmakers introduced bills both directly and peripherally related to agriculture.

Agri-Pulse: Ex-EPA chiefs push for climate change action
Link - Four former EPA administrators - who all served during Republican administrations - encouraged the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday to take firm action on climate change and applauded President Obama's recently-released regulations on carbon emissions.

Agri-Pulse: Agriculture groups back House bill funding CFTC
Link - The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and more than 30 other organizations including groups representing state and national crop and livestock producers are urging House members to vote for a bill funding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that includes protections for agricultural futures customers.

Agri-Pulse: Bill aims to repeal corn ethanol mandate
Link - It's not the first and it won't be the last. Legislation introduced by Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., would repeal the corn ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Agri-Pulse: Biobased products in the spotlight
Link - (Audio) Biobased products were in the spotlight in the nation’s capital this week starting with the Senate hearing about how “growing it here, making it here” supports jobs.

Reuters: Deadly pig virus cases in U.S. projected to surge after summer
Link - U.S. veterinarians are warning that outbreaks of a deadly pig virus will climb this autumn after a summertime hiatus, likely killing another 2.5 million pigs over the next 12 months and amplifying an increase in pork prices.

Chicago Tribune: U.S. government confident new vaccine will help fight pig virus
Link - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday he was confident a vaccine approved this week by the U.S. administration would help fight a deadly virus which has killed millions of pigs in the United States.


Agri-Pulse: Wheat researcher Sanjaya Rajaram named World Food Prize laureate
Link - Sanjaya Rajaram, whose research led to a “prodigious” increase in world wheat production, was named the winner of the 2014 World Food Prize today in a ceremony at the State Department in Washington.

Associated Press: California Lawmakers Reject Sugary Drink Warnings
Link - A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday.

San Francisco Chronicle: Is the GOP drive to waive school lunch rules dead?
Link - House Republicans have repeatedly delayed votes on a controversial waiver of school lunch nutrition rules amid leadership turmoil and a fierce pushback from first lady Michelle Obama.

Wall Street Journal: Old School: Michelle Obama Says Students Need Cooking Skills
Link - First Lady Michelle Obama sees another potential path to healthier eating: teaching school students cooking skills once again.


Washington Post: Vilsack in Europe to make US case on farm trade
Link - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has come to Europe to make the U.S. case on disputed issues in farm trade, as the Obama administration and European Union negotiate a new trade and investment agreement.

Bloomberg: Fleeing Migrant Workers in Thailand Delaying Rice Shipments
Link - Rice prices in Thailand, the world’s second-biggest exporter, will probably extend their gains because of shipping delays as migrant workers flee after the military coup, the Thai Rice Exporters Association said.


Agri-Pulse: Corn growers say Ceres sustainability study offers nothing new
Link - A study contending that U.S. corn production is threatened by climate change, unsustainable water use and inefficient and damaging fertilizer practices fails in its intent “by not seriously consulting those that actually produce corn,” says the president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

Washington Post: Kansas governor squawks over prairie chicken suit
Link - Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to force the federal government into more aggressive steps to preserve the lesser prairie chicken, but Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback decried the litigation as an attempt to shut down agriculture and energy production in his state.


Kansas City Star: Dave Helling: Eric Cantor’s primary defeat holds lessons for Heartland politicians
Link - House majority leader Eric Cantor (left) lost to Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th District Republican primary in part because he worried more about his national profile than the people of his district. The loss holds lessons for politicians in Missouri and Kansas.

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