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Daily Harvest -- 6/20/2014
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Agri-Pulse: House panel takes aim at ‘interpretive rule’ in EPA Waters of U.S. plan
Link - Members of a House Agriculture subcommittee from both parties had a heated exchange yesterday with a top USDA official over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for defining exactly what falls under the agency's jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Agri-Pulse: GOP senators introduce bill to block 'Waters of the U.S.' rule
Link - Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas and 29 other Republican senators yesterday introduced legislation meant to prevent the EPA from implementing its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

Agri-Pulse: Agriculture groups back House bill funding CFTC
Link - The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and more than 30 other organizations 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 (audio): USDA conditionally approves PEDv vaccine
Link - USDA this week granted the first conditional license for a vaccine to help hog producers fight back against PED virus.

Roll Call: Reid Parks ‘Minibus’ Spending Bill in Amendment Dispute
Link - The Senate’s appropriations process seemed to fall apart Thursday afternoon as the first fiscal 2015 “minibus” found itself with flat tires.

FERN: The Abstinence Method
Link - If the Netherlands can reduce routine antibiotic use without harming its farmers’ survival, maybe other countries can, too.

New York Times: Maine Court Fight Pits Farmers Against State and One Another
Link - A lawsuit over milk licensing has pitted the state against some small-scale farmers and stirred a feud between new homesteaders and longtime family farmers.


The Hill: Camp says trade agenda at risk without fast-track
Link - A top House Republican said Thursday that wrapping up work on the Obama administration’s ambitious trade agenda will be impossible without trade promotion authority (TPA).

Associated Press: Fukushima farmers appeal to Tokyo with live bull
Link - Two Japanese farmers whose livelihoods were wrecked by the 2011 nuclear disaster staged a protest Friday at Tokyo’s agriculture ministry, scuffling briefly with police as they unsuccessfully tried to unload a bull from a truck.


L.A. Times: California's drought getting even worse, experts say
Link - California's drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Associated Press: Cities fight Big Sioux River flooding in 3 states
Link - Record Big Sioux River flooding prompted residents in three states to hurriedly prepare for the rising water Thursday.

Wall Street Journal: Texas Tries Last-Ditch Attack on Super Weed
Link - The Environmental Protection Agency is weighing an emergency request by Texas regulators to allow cotton farmers to deploy a controversial herbicide, marking a new front in the war on "super weeds" that has divided agricultural groups and environmentalists.


CNN: House Republicans elect McCarthy to take Cantor's job
Link - House Republicans on Thursday elected Kevin McCarthy as majority leader, succeeding Eric Cantor, who is relinquishing the job after losing his primary election in an upset.

Lexington Herald-Leader: Lexington camp teaches hearing impaired students about cooking, agriculture
Link - Sandy Smock, creator of the camp and an instructor at Kentucky School for the Deaf, said it was important for kids to learn about agriculture because of how much it contributes to their lives.

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