Daily Harvest -- 12/12/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Secretary Vilsack reacts to no farm bill this year
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Vilsack expressed his frustration about the lack of a farm bill this year. His hope is that progress will continue on the negotiations so that the conference committee leaders have a framework in place for January.
Time: People Are Freaking Out About $8-a-Gallon Milk
- It’s the end of the year, and Congress is fighting over a farm bill again, which can mean only one thing: ’tis the season for warnings that Americans could wake up in 2014 and suddenly be paying eight bucks for a gallon of milk. But while the prospect of milk doubling in price overnight makes for an attention-getting headline, it’s not what’s going to happen.
DTN: Farm Bill Won't Be Done Until 2014.
- The House Rules Committee voted 9-3 on Wednesday to advance a bill that would extend provisions of the 2008 farm bill until the end of January. The Rules Committee vote means the House will debate and vote Thursday on HR 3695, the legislation to temporarily extend the 2008 farm bill.
Washington Post: Farm Bill won’t be approved until January
- Top negotiators now acknowledge that a new Farm Bill won't be ready to pass before the House plans to adjourn on Friday, but say that they should be able to unveil their measure in early January and avoid a spike in the nation's milk prices.
Inforum: Forum editorial: Farm bill progress is hopeful
- The farm bill saga appears to have taken yet another turn, this time in a positive direction. That’s the assessment of Minnesota 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson, who this week briefed The Forum Editorial Board.
National Journal: Farm Bill Serves as Poster Child for Congressional Dysfunction
- The news that there will be no farm bill this year, after three futile years of embarrassing setbacks and turmoil, made me reflect on the larger issues. Exhibit A is the farm bill, the poster child for the state of dysfunction in Congress and American politics.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Ag industry says it supports new FDA antibiotics guidelines
- FDA today released a long-awaited guidance limiting the use of on-farm antibiotics to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance in humans. And it appears that agriculture, for the most part, is happy with the result.
Agri-Pulse: New U.S. FDA rules aim to cut antibiotic use in farm animals
- In a bid to stem a surge in human resistance to certain antibiotics, U.S. regulators announced new guidelines to phase out their use as a growth enhancer in livestock.
The Hill: GOP bill forces White House, USDA to eat school lunch
- Three House Republicans have introduced legislation that would force the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to live by the same nutrition standards that the Obama administration is forcing on high school students.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Coalition urges lawmakers to maintain funding levels of market development programs
- The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports today urged farm bill conferees and congressional leaders to maintain current authorization levels for funding of USDA market development programs in a long-term bill or in a short-term extension of agricultural policy.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA project focuses on cellulosic nanomaterial from wood
- USDA Tom Vilsack today announced a public-private partnership to advance the development of the first U.S. commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial from wood.
The Hill: EPA: Ethanol limit ‘has been reached’
- A top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official said on Wednesday that the agency’s biofuel program has led to an unrealistic demand for petroleum refiners, a confirmation of warnings that have long been made by oil companies.
Reuters: As U.S. gov't cuts back on biofuel, some rue 'collateral damage'
- Wootton and others like him are venting their frustrations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which they say is penalizing makers of so-called advanced biofuels like biodiesel in rules proposed last month that are primarily directed at curbing consumption quotas for ethanol in 2014.
Reuters: US ethanol profit margins hit records even as biofuels cut looms
- U.S. ethanol markers are seeing their best profit margins in more than five years on strong demand for the biofuel and cheap corn despite a looming reduction to the federal biofuels program, analysts and traders said on Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse names Daniel Enoch as Managing Editor
- Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Enoch as our new Washington-based managing editor.
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