Daily Harvest -- 6/27/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse (audio): Senate colloquy on water rule gets testy
- The discussion between the Republicans and Democrats on the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule got testy.
The Hill: CBO predicts higher fuel costs due to renewable mandate
- Gasoline’s price will increase up to 9 percent, and diesel fuel will rise by up to 14 percent by 2017 because of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) if Congress does not repeal it, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday.
Washington Post: Feds nix eagle penalties for California wind farm
- A California wind farm will become the first in the nation to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Study shows more information will combat 'food fears'
- According to a new study, educators and industry can combat ingredient-based fears if they effectively communicate the substances' history, background, and general usage.
Agri-Pulse: Bipartisan bill introduced to expand Summer Meals Program
- A bipartisan bill introduced yesterday by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, would expand the USDA Summer Nutrition Program to reach more low-income children and simplify the program's administration.
Agri-Pulse: Court blocks New York soda ban
- The New York Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that New York City's Board of Health “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” in attempting to implement its so-called “soda ban.”
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA and USTR name 19 new members to agricultural trade advisory committees
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the appointment of 19 additional members to six agricultural trade advisory committees.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal (subscriber only): Political Diary: California's Drought
- While California has just suffered one of its driest years on records, extreme environmental policies deserve much of the blame for the forecasted spike.
Wall Street Journal (subscriber only): El Niño Said to Have 60% Chance of Occurring
- The World Meteorological Organization says there is a 60% chance that the disruptive weather phenomenon known as El Niño will become fully established between now and August.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Immigration reform effectively dead until after Obama leaves office, both sides say
- The two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congress is effectively dead and unlikely to be revived until after President Obama leaves office, numerous lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue said this week.
The Hill: Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration
- The Obama administration is "not bluffing" in its intent to take executive action on immigration policy if House Republicans don't act soon, top Democratic leaders warned Thursday.
Wall Street Journal: Biden Says No ‘Red Card’ for GOP on Immigration
- A day after Congress’s biggest cheerleader for immigration legislation declared the effort dead, Vice President Joe Biden insisted it is still alive.
Washington Post: Timeline: The rise and fall of immigration reform
- With the two-year attempt to push immigration reform through Congress languishing and effectively dead, here's a look back at how debate on the issue crested and then crashed.
Wall Street Journal: DuPont Cuts Outlook on Weakness in Agriculture Segment
- Sales of corn seed, among DuPont's biggest agricultural products, slowed as U.S. farmers planted more soybeans this spring, leaving the company with unsold corn seed that led to larger-than-expected write-downs.
MLive: Sierra Club launches sustainable agriculture testimonials, Western Michigan University student project
- How do Michigan farmers and consumers feel about food from local farmers?
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