Daily Harvest -- 7/16/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA reassessing temporary grain storage structures
- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is giving the EPA a pat on the back for its proposal to change the rule that governs how it deals with temporary grain storage structures.
Agri-Pulse: CFTC official suggests ‘do no harm’ regulatory approach
- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) would be best served if it uses “do no harm” approach, Commission Scott O'Malia said in a speech to a group of lawyers.
Agri-Pulse: House approves short-term bill to keep Highway Fund afloat
- Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, by a vote of 367-55, even though many Democrats and Republicans admitted the legislation serves as only a short-term fix to the nation's transportation woes.
Politico: House panel clears bill targeting EPA
- A $30.2 billion natural resources bill cleared the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday after a spirited, sometimes brass knuckle fight over dozens of Republican riders challenging President Barack Obama’s environmental and wildlife agenda.
Des Moines Register: Grassley skeptical of EPA Waters of the U.S. rule
- Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is not impressed with efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to smooth over concerns from the agricultural community outlining which bodies of water the agency would oversee under the Clean Water Act.
Bloomberg: Corn to Soybeans Drop as Crops in Best Shape Since 1994
- Corn fell to a four-year low in Chicago after a government report showed crops are in the best condition in 20 years in the U.S., the world’s biggest grower.
Roll Call: EPA's Backyard Blitz Imperiled
- Rep. Sam Graves says during this administration, the EPA has overreached time and time again, seeking to accomplish by regulation what normally becomes law through legislation.
Brownfield: Commodity prices could trigger payments
- The forecasts for a bountiful U.S. corn crop and increased corn stocks could potentially trigger subsidy payments for farmers this year.
Reuters: Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers
- An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it - a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Once a niche, local foods becoming big business
- A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Japan Times: Japan, U.S. to meet again in August on TPP
- Japan and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to settle as soon as possible the disputes standing in the way of finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, agreeing to hold talks again next month, Japanese officials said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: California agriculture industry facing $1 billion in drought losses
- California’s agricultural industry is facing $1 billion in lost revenue this year from the state’s worst drought in decades and could pay about $500 million for additional groundwater pumping, a new study said.
New York Times: California Approves Forceful Steps Amid Drought
- With rainfall this year at historically low levels and reservoirs quickly dwindling, California officials on Tuesday approved the most drastic measures yet to reduce water consumption during the state’s increasingly serious drought, including fines of up to $500 per day under some circumstances for watering a garden, washing a car or hosing down a sidewalk.
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