Daily Harvest -- 6/25/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Leader Reid: No more farm bill extensions
- Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate will not pass another farm bill extension and called on House leaders to pass the version of the farm bill that passed the Senate by a 66-27 margin on June 10.
Roll Call: Farm Bill Failure Won’t Change Boehner’s Style
- A closer look at why Speaker John A. Boehner plans to continue to allow freewheeling amendment debates on high-profile bills, despite last week’s farm bill meltdown.
Agri-Pulse: House Rules Committee poised to consider FY 2014 USDA appropriations
- The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at 5 pm to consider a rule for the FY 2014 appropriations bill for the USDA, FDA, and related agencies, but floor action still uncertain.
Washington Post: The farm bill died, but hemp may live on
- Rep. Jared Polis won approval for his hemp amendment in the farm bill debate and may try again to attach the measure to the ag appropriations bill.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: Froman: Obama ‘ready to engage’ with Congress on fast track
- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says President Obama is ready to work with Congress to win fast-track trade negotiating authority.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Supreme Court will not hear ethanol court case
- In a victory for ethanol interests, the Supreme Court decided not to hear the E15 challenge from the American Petroleum Institute.
Washington Post: BP not in step with industry on renewable fuel regulations
- The efforts of BP and DuPont, which together spent $13.8 million on lobbying in 2012, show the fissures in the business community over the future of the RFS.
The Hill: Obama unveils climate change plan that goes around Congress
- President Obama plans to launch fresh battles today over climate change with plans to curb emissions using executive powers that sidestep Congress
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Border security amendment clears hurdle, bolstering chances for immigration bill in Senate
- The effort to reform the nation’s immigration laws took another step forward Monday when a Republican proposal to bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border cleared a key procedural hurdle by 67 to 27.
Deadly piglet virus spreads to nearly 200 U.S. farm sites
- A swine virus deadly to young pigs, and never before seen in North America, has spiked to 199 sites in 13 states
Agri-Pulse: Planting is catching up and crop conditions are good
- USDA meteorologist updates crop conditions in 2013 vs. 2012 and NASS spokesperson previews Friday’s survey results.
Reuters: Monsanto to spend $100 mln on W. Canada corn over 10 years
- Monsanto Co said it would spend $100 million over the next 10 years on breeding corn for Western Canada, a move it said might change the crop makeup in a region that produces big harvests of spring wheat and canola.
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