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Daily Harvest -- 12/4/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Farm bill conferees to take another shot at deal today
Link - (Subscriber only) The top farm bill conferees are expected to huddle again today to attempt to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions in a mad dash to approve long-term legislation by the end of the year.

Agri-Pulse: Ducks Unlimited and USDA emphasize conservation needs in the farm bill
Link - The CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Dale Hall, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed Congress to complete a five-year farm bill with a strong conservation title as soon as possible in a teleconference with media today.

Red River Farm Network: Agriculture Today with Rep. Frank Lucas
Link - (Audio) Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said he believes Congress can reach a farm bill agreement by Christmas and outlines some of the major hurdles in the conference committee.

Politico: Intense lobbying threatens farm bill
Link - As House-Senate talks resume Wednesday, the bad blood among rival commodity groups is becoming an embarrassment for farm bill advocates and a threat to getting legislation through Congress this winter.

Reuters: Lead negotiator sees January finish for overdue U.S. farm bill
Link - With time running out in 2013, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, who chairs the House-Senate negotiations, admitted for the first time that the farm bill may not be ready for a vote before year-end, even though a broad framework might be hammered out this month.

DTN: Iowa Officials Ask Senator to Back King Amendment
Link - Top Iowa state officials are asking Sen. Tom Harkin to support a provision by Iowa Rep. Steve King meant to protect Iowa's egg industry.


Agri-Pulse: USDA bumps up 2014 ag export forecast
Link - (Audio) USDA just increased its 2014 agricultural export forecast by $2 billion to $137 billion. that’s a declined form FY 2013 but it would still be the second largest on record.

Financial Times: Big harvests to heap pressure on food prices into next year
Link - Agricultural food prices are expected to post double digit price falls this year and next, thanks to plentiful supplies of cereals, sugar and vegetable oil, according to Macquarie, the investment bank.

Politico: WTO begins talks to save pact, reputation
Link - The World Trade Organization is under intense pressure at a major conference in Indonesia this week to come up with a trade deal that proves its members can actually finalize a global trade pact instead of just bickering.


Agri-Pulse: USDA and EPA to continue collaboration on water quality trading
Link - USDA and EPA announced today an expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and economy.


The Hill: Boehner hires ex-McCain aide to lead House immigration efforts
Link - Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has hired a veteran expert on immigration policy, a move that could signal a renewed House effort to act on the issue in 2014.

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