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Daily Harvest -- 11/22/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Farm bill hits more snags
Link - Hope of a breakthrough this week or next seem to be dashed, largely because there has been no compromise reached on the commodity title and as a result, unwillingness to make concessions in other areas.

Agri-Pulse: New questions about EPA authority for RFS waiver
Link - Jonathan Coppess, a former Senate Agriculture Committee Counsel, now at the University of Illinois explains legal issues that could be involved in EPA’s proposal to scale back the RFS requirements.

Agri-Pulse: White House report pushes for farm bill passage this year
Link - While the four principals of the Farm Bill conference committee were holding discussions on Capitol Hill, Secretary Vilsack touted a new report emphasizing the benefits of passing a new farm bill before the end of the year.

Omaha World Herald: Sen. Johanns tells farm bill negotiators he'll oppose price guarantees for crops
Link - Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., warned farm bill negotiators this week to give up any thought of including government-guaranteed crop prices in their final legislation or risk losing his support, but Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, discussed potential trade-offs.

Politico: Farm Bill talks stumble
Link - Farm bill talks stumbled badly Thursday and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said it would be “very challenging” now for him to meet the Republican leadership’s schedule of having a final agreement back on the House floor by Dec. 13.

Reuters: Food stamps, subsidies knotty issues as U.S. farm talks drag on
Link - Time is quickly running out to write a new $500 billion U.S. farm policy this year and one of the biggest problems facing the four key negotiators on the project is how much to cut spending on food stamps for the poor.

Agri-Pulse: Litigation, legislation not necessary against EPA proposed RFS rule, RFA says
Link - While the public comment period is still open, neither litigation nor legislation is needed at this point to push back against the EPA's recent proposed rule to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement.


Los Angeles Times: Meat industry to enhance country-of-origin labeling
Link - New federal laws, set to take effect Saturday, will require meatpackers to list where livestock was born, raised and slaughtered - step up from the current law, which only requires labeling country-of-origin.

New York Times: Typhoon Revives Debate on U.S. Food Aid Methods
Link - As U.S. aid arrives in the Philippines, critics say current laws governing how America supplies food in its $1.4 billion food aid program, could delay or hurt recovery efforts.

KVUE: City council denies ban on fast food near schools
Link - The Austin City Council denied what's called a "healthy food ordinance" which would have restricted the type of restaurants that are built around areas frequented by children, such as schools, to encourage healthier eating habits.


Financial Times: WTO on verge of global trade pact
Link - (Subscription only) Negotiators are poised to seal the first global trade deal for more than a decade – plucked from the broader Doha deal - in a rare victory for the World Trade Organization, perhaps as soon as Sunday.

Financial Times: Ukraine freezes talks on bilateral trade pact with EU
Link - (Subscription only) Europe’s hopes of anchoring Ukraine firmly in the west through a bilateral pact lay in tatters on Thursday after Kiev halted talks with the EU just days before the agreement was to be signed and announced overtures to its traditional ally, Russia.


Agri-Pulse: CropLife: EU chemical regulations threaten U.S. farm exports
Link - Imminent changes in agricultural chemical regulation by the European Union could choke off imports of more than $4 billion worth of already-reduced U.S. sales of soybeans, grains, nuts and fruits, says a new report.

Sacramento Bee: USGS finds land sinking rapidly in Central Valley
Link - Land in California's San Joaquin is sinking more rapidly than usual because of increased pumping from underground sources, a phenomenon that is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.

Des Moines Register: Environmental groups plan lawsuit against pork producer over manure spills in Iowa
Link - Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Humane Society of the United States notified Illinois-based pork producers, The Maschhoffs, that they intend to file a lawsuit against the company over what they describe as repeated hog manure spills, even though a company spokesperson said the company is in full compliance with state laws.


Politico: John Boehner: Immigration work not dead
Link - Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reaffirmed his commitment to enacting immigration reform, a week after the chances of an overhaul appeared dead following his comments that he would not support negotiating with the Senate on its comprehensive bill.


Washington Post: Negotiators say they’ll continue to work on budget deal to replace sequester
Link - Congress left town Thursday without a deal to avoid a government shutdown in the new year, but lead negotiators for both parties said that they will continue to work over the Thanksgiving break and that they are optimistic about reaching an agreement.

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