Daily Harvest -- 11/21/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House, Senate lawmakers begin conference on water resources development programs
- House and Senate lawmakers held a conference meeting Wednesday to formally kick off negotiations between their bipartisan bills seeking to re-authorize water resources development programs.
Agri-Pulse: Tyner: Mistake to put the RFS that low
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new plan to reduce the required amount of biofuels to be produced in 2014 by 2.94 billion gallons would reduce incentive for biofuels growth, said Purdue University energy policy specialist Wally Tyner.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Final farm bill must include Conservation Compliance, an old idea that's new again
- With conservation compliance, farmers apply basic conservation practices to attend to the needs of the soil and wetlands in exchange for federal assistance, writes American Farmland Trust President Andrew McElwaine.
LA Times: Egg war? California law sparks tensions, threats in farm bill talks
- At issue is a provision of the House-passed farm bill that would prevent California from implementing a 2010 state law requiring that eggs sold in the state beginning in 2015 come from farms that meet voter-approved standards on the treatment of hens.
Politico: Farm bill talks intensify
- Farm bill talks intensified Wednesday night even as a new report showed that food stamp expenditures are already beginning to fall as a share of the economy — a downward decline that’s expected to accelerate over the next five years.
The Hill: Lucas cool to corn, soy proposal for farm bill
- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) reacted cooly on Wednesday to a new key compromise proposal made by the corn, soy and canola lobbies on the farm bill.
Des Moines Register: House GOP prodded on farm bill
- Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said top GOP leaders in the House should play a more active role in the farm bill as lawmakers are running out of time to finish the much-delayed legislation before the end of the year.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA pushes back food safety comment deadline as lawmakers ask for more time
- FDA has extended the comment deadline for two of its proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, the agency announced yesterday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Deere looks to construction to offset tractor slump
- Deere & Co has offered a more bullish outlook than expected for 2014, saying increased sales of construction equipment would almost offset a projected drop in tractor and combine sales next year.
Chicago Tribune: U.S. Senate Agriculture panel won't vote on CFTC nominees in 2013
- Wall Street's top U.S. derivatives regulator could soon be left with a leadership vacuum after a key U.S. senator said Tuesday she does not expect her committee to vote on President Barack Obama's nominees to replace its departing commissioners until the new year.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: The Heat Is On for Farmers
- Ongoing extreme weather shocks are threatening global food security: Agricultural harvests are now more prone to drastic variations in size, making food prices increasingly volatile, warn experts.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Illegal Immigrants Are Divided Over Importance of Citizenship
- But as far as Ms. Martínez and many other immigrants are concerned, one of House Republicans’ sharpest disagreements with the Senate and the White House, over a path to citizenship for those here illegally, should not be that hard to resolve.
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