Daily Harvest -- 12/9/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Farm bill negotiations will heat up
- Negotiations between farm bill conferees will intensify this week as the congressional clock ticks down and while stakeholders maintain hope lawmakers can agree on long-term agricultural policy before the end of the year.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Forrest Lucas, President Lucas Oil
- (Audio) Lucas is a strong voice for free enterprise and opposes government regulation including the ethanol mandate. He is an aggressive marketer, proven by an investment of $120 million to put the name of his company on the Indianapolis Colts stadium for twenty years.
Agri-Pulse: Should farm bill conference committee change COOL?
- (Audio) The Canadian agriculture minister made it clear his country is serious about trade retaliation unless the country of origin labeling (COOL) law is changed in the new farm bill. However, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said he is convinced the WTO rule will approve the new COOL rule.
Washington Post: Sugar protections prove easy to swallow for lawmakers across political spectrum
- Lawmakers decided to preserve the decades-old government safety net that boosts profits for a relatively small group of growers and has cost consumers billions through artificially high prices.
The Dickinson Press: Hoeven: Farm bill may not come until 2014
- Predicting that a farm bill may not become reality until next year, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., addressed members of the state’s farming and ranching community here Friday morning.
WYMT: McConnell defends voting against farm bill
- The five-term Republican told the Kentucky Farm Bureau's annual meeting Saturday that the legislation to shape farm policy had basically become a food stamp bill.
Des Moines Register: Iowa ethanol industry: Influence in Washington may be slipping
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal last month to slash for the first time ever the amount of ethanol that must be mixed into the nation’s gasoline supply marked just the latest blow to an industry that until recently had seen consumption of the largely corn-based fuel soar.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken
- Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt a global egg industry that backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment, causes disease outbreaks and confines chickens to tiny spaces.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Politico: WTO closes $1T trade deal in Bali
- The World Trade Organization on Saturday reached a deal on customs issues that officials say could boost global economic output by as much as $1 trillion, but only after a negotiating session that went into overtime.
Washington Post: U.S.-India compromise allows trade deal to hobble forward at WTO
- But as that deal was completed, the United States confronts this fact: India’s subsidies are still in place and probably will remain so for years to come, as a working group negotiates whether and how the country will conform with world trade standards for agricultural products.
Des Moines Register: New farm crisis? Iowa farmers expected to lose money over next four years
- Economists expect Iowa corn and soybean growers will lose money over the next four years, beginning with this year’s harvest, squeezed by low commodity prices and high production costs.
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