Daily Harvest -- 12/5/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Farm bill conferees cite progress, but no final deal yet
- The top four farm bill conferees are likely to meet again Thursday after holding a short meeting today where they declared “great progress” on reaching a final deal, but offered scant details.
The Hill: Negotiators see signs of farm bill progress
- The main farm bill negotiators emerged from their first face-to-face meeting in nearly two weeks on Wednesday more optimistic they will reach an agreement.
Wall Street Journal: Averting a Catfish War
- Lawmakers from both parties are trying to reverse a provision slipped into the 2008 farm bill that effectively bans catfish imports. That bill shifted regulation of catfish safety to the U.S. Department of Agriculture from the Food and Drug Administration.
Agri-Pulse: Huge turnout expected for EPA RFS hearing
- (Audio) A huge turnout is expected today at the EPA hearing over proposed reductions to the Renewable Fuels Standard in Crystal City, Virginia. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who will testify at the hearing, fears the proposal could lead to another farm crisis.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Plant scientists outline goals for 'Decadal Vision'
- Educating the general public and Washington decision makers about the innovations of plant science is vital for the sector to achieve potential solutions to global challenges such as feeding a large population with fewer resources, says the president of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.
LA Times: USDA outlines plan to fight salmonella
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined a broad plan to combat salmonella. But some food safety advocates say it doesn't do enough to combat a pathogen responsible for 1.3 million illnesses in the U.S. each year.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: DuPont takes aim at fast growing, higher margin, tough science
- Progress in bringing cellulosic ethanol to market has been consistently disappointing, although DuPont now hopes to have its first commercial plant in production in the second half of next year.
Bloomberg: Wall Street Trade Groups Sue CFTC Over Dodd-Frank Rules
- Wall Street’s biggest lobbying groups banded together to sue the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, seeking to curb the overseas reach of its rules and rein in a regulatory barrage by its departing chairman Gary Gensler.
Wall Street Journal: India Continues to Oppose WTO Deal
- India on Thursday refused to back down in its opposition to a proposed global trade deal, possibly dealing a death blow to World Trade Organization talks that have meandered on for 12 years without a conclusion.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opposing interests gear up for EPA's hearing on RFS reductions
- Rural and agricultural interests on both sides of the debate previewed their arguments today in advance of the hearing over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed reductions to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) to take place Thursday.
Agri-Pulse: Researchers say 'modify' the RFS, don't repeal it
- Two University of Illinois researchers say any modifications Congress might make to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be minimal. And lawmakers should not even consider repealing the standard, which the researchers say is the country's most comprehensive renewable energy policy.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces rural electric coop funding to defray energy costs, promote 'clean' energy
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA plans to provide rural electric cooperatives up to $250 million to lend to business and residential customers for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems.
Washington Post: US ag secretary touts farm efforts in bay cleanup
- A report released Thursday shows farmers have made significant progress reducing sediments, pesticides and other pollutants that flow into the bay. More than 15 million tons of sediment have been reduced annually.
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