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Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Congress looking at RFS, farm bill, budget
Link - Discussions among lawmakers and stakeholders are expected to continue this week about the EPA's decision to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement, how to move forward on a long-term farm bill, and how to resolve budget issues between the Senate and the House.

Agri-Pulse: EPA proposes lowering congressional RFS requirement
Link - The EPA issued a proposed rule today to lower the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requirement for 2014 below the congressional mandate to 15.21 billion gallons of ethanol and biodiesel for blending into gasoline.

Agri-Pulse: Opinion: MicroLoans for Rural Entrepreneurs?
Link - Mark Edelman, a professor of economics at Iowa State University, and Barry Flinchbaugh, an emeritus professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, discuss barriers faced by immigrant entrepreneurs while starting a business.

Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic Congressman Steve Southerland
Link - (Audio) Southerland, a Republican from Florida, talks of what he learned from the farm bill debate and the prospects for conferees, which he is one, to negotiate a merged bill that can be passed by both houses and signed by President Obama.

National Journal: Farm-Bill Conferees Focus on Food-Stamp Fight
Link - As farm-bill conferees try to finish their work before the end of the calendar year, they face one overwhelming question: Will the federal government really throw millions of people off food stamps?

The Hill: 'Safety net' hinders farm bill talks
Link - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) says progress is being made on the farm bill, but has stopped short of predicting that a bipartisan deal will be struck before Thanksgiving.

New York Times: For First Time, E.P.A. Proposes Reducing Ethanol Requirement for Gas Mix
Link - The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed reducing the amount of ethanol that is required to be mixed with the gasoline supply, the first time it has taken steps to slow down the drive to replace fossil fuels with renewable forms of energy.

Washington Post: Ethanol takes policy blow from the Environmental Protection Agency
Link - Once touted as a climate-friendly renewable alternative to foreign oil, the corn-based liquid ethanol has been exposed as an environmental and economic mistake, according to this Washington Post editorial.

Wall Street Journal: Big Ethanol Finally Loses
Link - The 16% reduction is a modest pullback, which EPA says will hold ethanol blends in gasoline at the standard 10% (E10). But we hope this is a precedent-setting victory, notes this Wall Street Journal editorial.


Reuters: Veto override will limit pesticide use, GMO crops on Hawaiian island
Link - The governing body on the Hawaiian island of Kauai voted on Saturday to override their mayor's veto of a bill that seeks to reign in widespread pesticide use and the testing of new genetically modified crops.


Wall Street Journal: Pacific Trade Pact Hits Snags
Link - Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew just completed a grueling 23,000-mile, five-country tour to rally support for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. But it looks like his toughest sell might be back home in Washington.

The Hill: Trade deals threatened by Hill opposition
Link - The White House is facing mounting opposition over its handling of global trade agreement negotiations, a development that could torpedo the nation's most ambitious trade agenda in U.S. history.

Wall Street Journal: Bloated Hogs Deflate Prices
Link - The hog market has started to show signs of deflating, weighed down by a bulge of pork supplies and expectations for more to come in the months ahead.

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