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Daily Harvest -- 12/6/2013
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Agri-Pulse: Rep. Conaway: Encouraged about farm bill prospects
Link - Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, arrived at the Farm Journal Forum today with two speeches in mind - one that reflected the lack of farm bill progress prior to Wednesday's meeting and one developed after that meeting.

Agri-Pulse: Farm bill conferee: 'Optimistic,' but lawmakers probably won't make New Year's deadline
Link - The farm bill is coming closer to completion but may not make its New Year's deadline, according to farm bill conferee Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Ill., who spoke to C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning.

Agri-Pulse: Top farm groups question motive of EPA's RFS proposal
Link - As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard testimony regarding the proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) reductions for 2014, top lobbyists for the nation's two largest general farm organizations questioned the root of the agency's action during the 2013 Farm Journal Forum in Washington.

Associated Press: Milk prices could rise if farm bill looms
Link - A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill.

The Hill: Boehner: No budget, farm bill deals yet
Link - Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday downplayed the likelihood of imminent agreements on the budget and the farm bill, two major items that leaders hope to resolve by the end of the year.

The Hill: Farm deal is in sight, says House chairman
Link - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) on Thursday said a deal on the farm bill is emerging, though nothing has been finalized.


Agri-Pulse: USDA terminates leafy green marketing agreement
Link - USDA announced today it is terminating the leafy green marketing agreement (LGMA), even after four years' worth of public meetings, public comments and department work.

Wall Street Journal: This Label Will Raise the Cost of Your Steak
Link - National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Scott George writes that should WTO rule against the Country of Origin Labeling rule, our North American neighbors will likely retaliate against U.S. products through tariffs that will limit U.S. exports and kill American jobs.


Agri-Pulse: Canadian ag minister threatens trade retaliations against COOL
Link - Canadian agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said his country is serious about seeking retaliatory tariffs if the United States fails to change its country-of-origin meat labeling law (COOL).

Financial Times: WTO clears way for landmark global trade deal
Link - India and the US on Friday resolved their differences over how to push forward with negotiations on food security, clearing the way for the first global trade deal in almost two decades.

Financial Times: Fast-track opens door for US TPP approval
Link - Senior US lawmakers have moved closer to a deal to grant President Barack Obama the authority to pass trade agreements swiftly and without changes through Congress, bolstering the White House’s position ahead of a key round of trade negotiations with Pacific nations.


NPR: Calif. Cold Snap Threatens Orchards
Link - An unusually cold night in California threatens citrus growers' crops. Renee Montagne talks to Jim Churchill about measures being taken to save oranges and avocados.


LA Times: Fast-food workers protest for higher wages
Link - Fast-food workers, union organizers and community supporters are expected to protest nationwide for higher pay Thursday as the restaurant industry criticizes the campaign as “part of an ongoing effort to replace fact with fiction while ignoring simple truths.”

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