Daily Harvest -- 7/17/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Roberts, Heitkamp back bill to help farmers in futures market
- Senators Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced S. 2601 today, a bill that would strike down a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulation they say is overly burdensome on farmers and ranchers who rely on the futures market to hedge their risks.
Agri-Pulse: EPA defends 'Water' rule as House committee passes bill to halt it
- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a bill today that would invalidate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule re-defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Agri-Pulse: EPA attempts to dispel concerns about WOTUS fall flat
- (Audio) Attempts by EPA officials to dispel the concerns of agricultural interests about the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule seem to be having little impact.
Politico: Mike Conaway helps friends in chase for Ag chair
- Mike Conaway has quietly emerged as a Republican rainmaker, building some major political capital in advance of his likely run for chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the next Congress.
The Hill: Senate passes bill easing restrictions on veterinarians
- The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ease requirements for a veterinarian to dispense controlled substances.
The Hill: Oil lobby turns focus to EPA in ethanol fight
- The American Petroleum Institute (API) is focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its fight to reduce the ethanol blending mandate, conceding that there’s little short-term hope in congressional action.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Food for Peace advocates celebrate 60 years of global dividends
- Over the past 60 years, the program has grown in size and scope, responding to natural and man-made disasters and displaced persons due to conflict, and addressing chronic hunger in places like Sudan, explained Brady Deaton.
Associated Press: Health officials: Food label changes not enough
- Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket.
Des Moines Register: GMO food labeling law pressure mounts
- Congress could face pressure to establish a uniform, nationwide law on the labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients as early as next year, as more states regulate the controversial technology found in much of the U.S. food supply.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Pork Imports by Japan to Climb on Deadly Virus: Ministry
- More pigs from Europe and Mexico could be heading to Japan, the world’s largest pork importer, as a hog virus outbreak is driving up domestic prices, according to the country’s Agriculture Ministry.
Reuters: U.S. presses Bali trade deal skeptics to sign up as planned
- The United States will insist that India and other World Trade Organization members stick to promises around a global deal to lower trade barriers and speed up the passage of goods through customs, a top trade official said on Wednesday.
Reuters: CME starts review of electronic livestock trade hours, may be cut
- The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has started a review of electronic trading hours in its cattle and hog contracts, it said on Tuesday, and trade sources said talks have focused on reducing hours to keep the contracts attractive.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Kansas City Star: Conservationists: Brownback’s plan for prairie chickens is for the birds
- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s recent announcement that the state will start raising and releasing lesser prairie chickens was not greeted with a lot of support in the conservation world.
Washington Post: Chinese woman in trade secrets case seeks release
- A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland.
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