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Daily Harvest -- 7/9/2014
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Agri-Pulse: RFA accuses Big Oil of anticompetitive practices in new report
Link - The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) struck another blow in its seemingly endless battle with big oil companies for the American consumer's fuel dollar.

Agri-Pulse: New study explores impacts of reducing, then indexing fuel tax to inflation
Link - With lawmakers struggling to find a path forward on funding the Highway Trust Fund, a new study explores the impact of initially reducing the fuel tax and then indexing it to inflation.

Agri-Pulse: Big Data - How Producers Can Use It
Link - (Video) Agri-Pulse Associate Editor Spencer Chase talks Big Data and how producers can best use it with American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher.

Agri-Pulse: Organic Center launches fundraiser for citrus greening research
Link - The Organic Center announced new plans to combat citrus greening with a $320,000 three-year study.

Agri-Pulse: NGFA proposes new rules to challenge rail freight rates
Link - The National Grain and Feed Association (NFGA) is urging the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to adopt new rules for grain shippers to challenge rail freight rates, alleging that current regulations allow railroads to extract “excessive monopoly profits” from agricultural customers.

Agri-Pulse: EPA chief visiting Missouri to explain WOTUS
Link - (Audio) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is in Missouri this week to defend and explain the department’s proposed rules defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

GCN: The hidden dangers of big data tools
Link - One of the most effective big data projects I’ve covered in recent years is the USDA Risk Management Agency's program to set crop insurance rates and to detect fraudulent claims of crop losses.

Fox News: Florida wins $7 million for wasting $47 million in food stamp funds
Link - This year, the state’s Department of Children and Families managed to misspend only $47,829,887 in food stamp benefits. That’s out of almost $6 billion the state received from the federal government.

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana gave away $1.3 million in food stamps to deceased people
Link - Louisiana spent about $1.3 million on food stamps for people who were already dead between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2013, according to a report issued by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor Monday.

Washington Post: The Environmental Protection Agency is swimming in murky water
Link - The editorial board says lawmakers, mostly but not only Republicans, are seeking to undermine the twin foundations of Environmental Protection Agency authority: the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act . In both cases, Congress should back off.

New York Times: House Committee Takes Step Toward Renewing Highway Trust Fund
Link - The House Ways and Means Committee released a bipartisan plan on Tuesday that would provide federal financing for transportation projects through May 15, 2015, and would be the first step in replenishing the Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money next month unless Congress acts.

DTN: McCarthy: Dispelling 'Myths'
Link - If nothing else, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy hopes a trip to Missouri this week to talk to farmers and agribusiness representatives will help to dispel what she said are "myths" about the agency's proposed Clean Water Act rule.

The Hill: Barrasso pushes amendment to stop EPA water rule
Link - Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is trying to use a bill aimed at preserving federal lands for hunting and fishing as a vehicle to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to redefine its jurisdiction over the nation’s lakes and rivers.


Agri-Pulse: USTR announces reallocation of sugar quotas
Link - The U.S. Trade Representative's Office (USTR) today announced country-specific reallocations of the fiscal year 2014 in-quota quantities of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.

Global Post: Federal agriculture minister expects WTO ruling on meat labelling this summer
Link - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz expects the next ruling in the long, drawn-out dispute over meat-labelling requirements imposed by the United States to come later this summer.

NPR: Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa
Link - Somewhere in Iowa, volunteers are earning $900 apiece by providing blood samples after eating bits of a banana kissed with a curious tinge of orange.

Amarillo Globe-News: Expert: New Carson wind farm could cost $422 million
Link - Two international powerhouses announced Tuesday they are teaming to build a wind farm in Carson County that could cost up to $422 million.

Los Angeles Times: Scandal erupts over South Africa's 'farm of horrors'
Link - The “farm of horrors,” as South African media called it, quickly morphed into a political scandal. The farm’s owner, Thandi Modise, is a prominent official in the governing African National Congress and chairwoman of the upper house of parliament, the National Council of Provinces.

The Japan Times: Progress made on labor rights issues at Ottawa TPP meeting
Link - Officials from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have made significant progress on the issue of establishing rules for labor rights protection at their ongoing meeting in the Canadian capital, a Japanese official said.


Field to Market: New Supply Chain Sustainability Program for U.S. Crops
Link - Field to Market®, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the launch of a new agricultural supply chain program for U.S. commodity crops.


CNN: Obama seeks emergency immigration funds, more authority
Link - President Barack Obama cares, the White House insisted Tuesday in asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to better respond to the flood of immigrants illegally crossing the border into Texas.


The Press Democrat: Oyster company given month to negotiate departure
Link - A federal judge Monday gave lawyers for Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the Interior Department another month to negotiate the oyster farm's departure from Marin County's Point Reyes National Seashore.

Fox News: Something New Under The Sun: Latino-Owned Farms In U.S. Growing At A Healthy Pace
Link - The number of Hispanic-owned farms is rapidly increasing in the United States, and it's thanks in part to the fact that about 15 years ago minority farmers successfully sued the U.S. government for discriminating against them.

St. Louis Business Journal: Monsanto's ongoing battle against GMO haters
Link - Monsanto, and the ongoing controversy surrounding the company's genetically modified products, has landed on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek, with the headline "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."

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