Daily Harvest -- 12/2/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill talks to step up as clock winds down
- Negotiations over a long-term farm bill are likely to intensify this week as House lawmakers return to town and top conferees huddle to strike a deal by the end of the year.
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas talks turkey ... and milk, food stamps, ethanol and getting along with his peers
- In an interview on Capitol Hill last week, Lucas talked about taxpayer support for farmers and other topics. Some of the answers were edited for brevity.
Washington Post: On food stamps, GOP takes a principle to extremes
- According to Kathleen Parker, if you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers.
Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Eye 2014 Midterms in Farm-Bill Talks
- Failure to pass a bill could anger voters in states where the economy is tied to agriculture, while success could rob Democrats of a message they deployed effectively last year and that is already surfacing in 2014 contests.
National Journal: Farm Bill Is Closer Than Many Think
- The four principal negotiators met three times last week and have talked on the phone several times since. The Senate is not in session this week, but all conferees have been told they may be summoned to Washington for an open conference meeting on the bill on Wednesday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: A Chance to Revive Multilateral Trade
- Trade ministers from over 150 countries descend on Bali, Indonesia, this week to attend the most important World Trade Organization meeting in years. At stake is not only a package of measures to boost the global economy, support developing countries and adjust key agricultural rules—but also the role of the WTO and the multilateral trading system in global economic governance.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: South Korea to start talks on joining US-led trade pact
- Joining the trade bloc of 12 countries that includes Japan, Canada, Mexico and Vietnam faces strong opposition from South Korean farmers and the fishing industry.
The Hill: Obama nominee would lead CFTC at pivotal time
- President Obama’s choice to lead the Commodity Futures Trading Commission would take the agency’s helm at a crucial moment, with the derivatives regulator poised to flex new muscles in the face of fierce opposition and a strained budget.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Sustainable Intensification: Boosting Energy Efficiency
- We need to concentrate today on maximizing production while minimizing inputs, writes Bruce Knight, principal of Strategic Conservation Solutions. I've called the process of getting the most out of the resources you have “sustainable intensification.”
BBC: Farmers describe 'worst storm in 150 years'
- Nearly two months after devastating blizzards hit parts of South Dakota and Wyoming, farmers are still recovering from the loss of cattle and the effect on their businesses.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
LA Times: GOP promise of immigration reform fades a year after election
- Despite the importance of the Latino vote, divisions among Republicans leave immigration reform at a standstill.
Agri-Pulse: Corn and soybean harvest is done
- (Audio) The 2013 harvest is considered completed at this point. USDA’s NASS says it was a good crop year, especially compared to 2012.
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