Daily Harvest -- 6/12/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: NCFC members set sights on House farm bill debate
- National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) President Chuck Conner told NCFC members that the Senate passing the farm bill Monday night was “the easy part.” He said at the NCFC Washington Conference Tuesday morning that “going forward with the House debate is something we need to watch very, very closely.”
Agri-Pulse: Pressure on House to now pass farm bill
- (Audio) Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., says she is optimistic the House will take up the farm bill, but notes the allowed number of amendments is an important factor. She says food stamps, the dairy program, sugar program and food safety net programs for production agriculture will be the most controversial items on the floor.
Roll Call: Hoyer Doubts Divided GOP Will Bring Farm Bill, Background Checks to Floor
- House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said he’s skeptical that House Republican leaders will proceed with a farm bill. He said the farm bill remains too controversial within the Republican Conference to be cleared for floor action.
Politico: Kristi Noem opts against Senate run in S.D.
- Republican Rep. Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that she will not run for Senate in South Dakota, increasing the odds Republicans can avoid a nasty primary and pick up the seat next year.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. leaders see expanded ag export potential in Turkey
- Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse is leading a U.S. delegation to Turkey June 10-14 with hopes of further expanding relationships with the key trading partner in that country. “They want to be one of the top ten economies by 2023, so you can see the reason why we decided to come to Turkey at this point in time with this trade mission,” noted Scuse during a call from Turkey.
Agri-Pulse: Senate committee approves Froman USTR nomination
- The Senate Finance Committee approved today, by unanimous voice vote, the nomination of Mike Froman to serve as U.S. trade representative.
Financial Times: Argentine farmers halt grain sales
- (Subscription only) Argentine farmers halted grains sales on Tuesday in a protest against government “mismanagement” which has led to high taxes, inflation and exchange rate problems.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Senate immigration roll call vote: Who voted against the motion
- The Senate voted 82-15 on Tuesday afternoon to set the stage for debate of immigration reform legislation. For Republicans, 28 senators voted for the motion and 15 opposed it. All 54 Democrats supported the cloture motion.
Politico: Senate Democrats divided on immigration
- Sen. Chuck Schumer’s pitch to find 70-plus votes for a sweeping immigration overhaul is running into skeptics from his own party – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Majority Whip Dick Durbin. The top two Senate Democrats believe that the push to win more GOP senators could significantly water down the measure.
Wall Street Journal: Immigration Bill Advances in Senate
- (Subscription only) President Barack Obama and some congressional leaders sounded optimistic Tuesday about the odds of completing an immigration overhaul this year. Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) said lawmakers' willingness to take a look at amendments he planned to offer suggested the overhaul effort's supporters were still searching for votes.
Bloomberg: Goldman Maintains Neutral Recommendation on Commodity Prices
- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. maintained its neutral recommendation on commodity prices, predicting a significant decline in agriculture in the second half of the year even if the summer weather is worse than in 2011.
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