Daily Harvest -- 11/20/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA RVO proposal could harm biodiesel and advanced biofuel industries
- (Audio) EPA’s proposed volume requirements for 2014 under the RFS are causing concern from biodiesel and advanced biofuel producers. Alan Weber of the National Biodiesel Board said keeping standards at the same level will cause plant closures and layoffs in the industry.
Agri-Pulse: Missouri Senator believes in farm bill this year
- (Audio) Senator Roy Blunt lamented the lack of understanding about agriculture in Washington and around the nation in a speech Tuesday. He said this makes passage of a farm bill more difficult to do now than in the past.
Politico: Corn popping in farm bill talks
- Falling corn prices are making themselves felt in House-Senate farm bill talks. Indeed, having argued long and hard for a new, more market-oriented approach to farm subsidies, corn growers and their Midwest allies in Congress face the embarrassment of looking like the first in line at the federal window to collect.
The Hill: EPA ethanol decision pushes farm bill toward finish line
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s preliminary decision to reduce renewable fuels blending requirements has increased momentum to get a farm bill done this year, the top House negotiator on the measure said Tuesday.
Politico: Frank Lucas: This week key to farm deal
- Hopeful but also impatient, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says “this is deadline week” for a farm bill deal if he is to have any chance of enacting legislation before Congress goes home for the year in December.
Reuters: U.S. farm subsidy reforms under attack in Congress discussions
- A congressional agreement to tighten U.S. farm subsidy rules for the benefit of small and family farmers is under attack in the final negotiations over a new, overdue farm bill, two senators said on Tuesday, with time running short.
Associated Press: Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws
- The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen's cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.
The Hill: Biofuels industry, allies push back against EPA decision
- Biofuels producers and their political allies are ramping up public and behind-the-scenes pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to rethink its plan to scale back the national biofuels blending mandate.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Financial Times: Biotech advances fail to convince GM's critics
- Although Europe has historically been the hotbed of opposition, the latest anti-GM action took place in August in the Philippines, where protesters destroyed a field trial of “golden rice”, which is genetically engineered to produce vitamin A.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Beef exports continue to climb, while pork exports drop
- The value of U.S. beef exports - up nearly 16 percent to Japan, 56 percent to Mexico, 182 percent to Hong Kong and more than 41 percent to South Korea in September - is on track to exceed the 2012 record of $5.51 billion, according to USDA data analyzed by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Reuters: Philippines typhoon crop damage worth $110 million: FAO
- The typhoon that hit the Philippines has caused crop losses worth $110 million and inflicted damage to the agriculture sector of more than twice that figure, preliminary estimates from the United Nation's food agency showed on Tuesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Financial Times: Farmers tackle climate change
- Rises in global temperatures have changed where crops can be successfully grown around the world, including the expansion of the US corn belt northward into Canada.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: Obama Backs Piecemeal Immigration Overhaul
- President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would accept a piecemeal approach to overhauling the immigration system, a move aimed at jump-starting a moribund process that reflects the realities of a divided Congress.
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