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Daily Harvest -- 12/13/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Top farm bill conferees set to meet after House approves one-month extension
Link - Top farm bill conferees are expected to meet Friday, after the House quickly approved legislation (H.R. 3695) Thursday, by voice vote, to extend the current farm bill through Jan. 31. The bill is considered dead in the water in the Senate.

Agri-Pulse: Senators introduce bill to eliminate corn ethanol mandate
Link - Sens. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C, today introduced a bill called that would repeal requirements that a certain amount of corn ethanol be blended into gasoline.

Agri-Pulse: House sends Senate two-year budget plan to avoid shutdown, give sequestration relief
Link - The House approved tonight a two-year budget bill (H.J. Res. 59), on a 332-94 vote, that seeks to avoid another government shutdown in January while providing some sequestration relief to federal agencies.

Agri-Pulse: Klobuchar bill aims to broaden wireless access for rural areas
Link - The Rural Broadband Association is giving its support to a bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Min., that would provide a program for large wireless carriers to make unused spectrum available for rural carriers.

Politico: Farm bill optimism on CBO numbers
Link - Farm bill talks resume Friday amid increased optimism that a deal can be reached soon, based on encouraging new cost estimates back from the Congressional Budget Office.

Brownfield: Blunt says short-term extension not needed
Link - While the U.S. House today reportedly passed an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says it makes better sense to NOT pass an extension.


Agri-Pulse: USDA escalates war against citrus greening
Link - The USDA is allocating $1 million to support research aimed at combating citrus greening, a bacterial disease that has devastated millions of acres of citrus groves, mainly in Florida.

CBS News: Food stamps see first enrollment drop since 2007
Link - More than 350,000 individuals left the rolls of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in September, marking the first year-over-year decline since early 2007.

Wall Street Journal: Meat Industry Won't Fight Antibiotics Rule
Link - Farmers and meat-industry officials said they embrace the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's effort to limit the use of antibiotics in animals raised for meat even as they don't see it changing much about how livestock are raised in the U.S.

Los Angeles Times: Preserving antibiotics for people should be the goal
Link - The LA Times editorial board says the lavish use of antibiotics among livestock operations — 80% of all antibiotics in the country are fed to food animals — has contributed to the rise of resistant infections that are difficult, expensive and sometimes impossible to treat.


Reuters: U.S. traders fear rejection of corn byproduct by GMO-wary China
Link - China has already rejected three cargoes of U.S. corn because of an unapproved GMO variety and now U.S. exporters are concerned some shipments of dried distillers' grains, a corn byproduct, may be rejected for the same reason, trade sources said.


New York Times: Accused of Harming Bees, Bayer Researches a Different Culprit
Link - Bayer is one of the major producers of a type of pesticide that the European Union has linked to the large-scale die-offs of honey bee populations in North America and Western Europe.


Politico: Last-ditch effort to move on immigration
Link - Immigration activists and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday made a final effort this year to pressure the GOP-led House to move on reform — vowing that their lobbying will only intensify in 2014.

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