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Daily Harvest -- 12/17/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Opinion: A Change in Strategy or Tactics?
Link - Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh discuss the likelihood of a bi-partisan farm bill getting done in January 2014. A change of tactics in the policy arena may just be in time for the holiday season.

National Journal: A Lesson in Humanity From Bob Dole
Link - Could former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole be a role model in convincing a new generation of conservative House Republicans to vote for a farm bill that cuts food stamps by only $8 billion over 10 years?

Washington Post: Why do we even need a farm bill?
Link - This obesity-plagued nation is ankle-deep in cheap food. U.S. agriculture is so productive that even natural disaster doesn’t threaten food supply as much as it once did, writes Charles Lane in this editorial.


Agri-Pulse: As comment period closes, USDA approval of biotech apples looks likely
Link - An apple bioengineered to resist browning will be one step closer to non-regulated status after 11:59 pm today - when the comment period closes for the Arctic apples' plant-pest risk and environmental assessments.

Agri-Pulse: Senators urge Vilsack to move rule to update USDA poultry inspection system
Link - A bipartisan group of 13 senators sent a letter Friday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to advance a proposal to modernize USDA's poultry inspection system.

Agri-Pulse: Arguments set on ABC's motion to dismiss defamation claims over LFT Beef
Link - A state judge in South Dakota is scheduled to hear oral arguments tomorrow on ABC News' motion to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation suit brought by Beef Products Inc. (BPI).

Washington Post: Waiting for the 8th
Link - In a country where 7 million people had been receiving food assistance for a decade or longer, the challenge for some in government was how to wean the next generation from a cycle of long-term dependency.


Agri-Pulse: Report: Diseases of animal origin on the rise
Link - Population growth, agricultural expansion, and the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread, according to an FAO report released today.

EurActiv: EU ministers give farm policy final political seal
Link - EU ministers gave their final political approval today (16 December) for the Common Agricultural Policy, which sets out the European Union's farming strategy for 2014-2020.

Wall Street Journal: Tea-Party Resistance Clouds Push for Major Trade Pacts
Link - The rise of a vocal conservative contingent with antitrade views adds another hazard in the intricate politics of trade, just as Washington is pushing two major pacts, one with Asian-Pacific countries and another with Europe.

The Hill: White House gets up to speed on status of trade agenda
Link - The Obama administration officials specifically talked about moving forward with trade promotion authority (TPA) and the next steps needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with negotiations set to continue next month.

Wall Street Journal: CFTC Is Poised to Expand Its Reach Overseas
Link - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is moving to force overseas financial firms to comply with certain U.S. rules, according to an official familiar with the process, a move likely to stoke criticism the U.S. is bidding to become the de facto global financial regulator.


Agri-Pulse: Cotton producers provide neonic input
Link - (Audio) Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides under increasing scrutiny because of their possible negative impact on honey bees. Industry leaders recently met in Chicago to provide input on a new neonicotinoid cost-benefit study.


Agri-Pulse: Court lifts hold on horse slaughter
Link - Horse slaughter operations may be able to move forward after a federal appeals court on Friday lifted a temporary hold on USDA inspections of the facilities.

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