Daily Harvest -- 7/16/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Stabenow urges House to begin farm bill conference
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said lawmakers have “only 24 days” to resolve differences between the House and Senate farm bills and send legislation to President Obama before the current one-year extension of agricultural policy expires at the end of September.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rep. Randy Neugebauer
- (Audio) Fresh from voting on a split farm bill that creates a new permanent farm law, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, tells why GOP leaders decided to pursue this path. He describes last week's farm bill vote as a "first down, not a touchdown" as the measure hopefully heads to conference on at least the commodity title.
Reuters: Republicans stalling on finalizing farm bill: Senate's Stabenow
- The Senate is ready to start conference proceedings to finalize a new farm bill but the House of Representatives has not sent its version of the bill for consideration, the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Monday.
Politico: Senate pushes House to begin farm bill conference
- Senate officials confirmed Monday afternoon that an advance sheet on the House farm bill had been received, which typically indicates the legislative papers will soon follow.
Roll Call: Stabenow Says Food Programs Will Remain in Final Farm Bill
- A bill without the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is one that “we could not pass that through the Senate nor would the president of the United States sign that kind of a bill,” the Michigan Democrat told reporters during the call.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Bioenergy Efforts Empower German Villages
- Germany's aim under its "Energiewende," which translates roughly as "energy revolution," is to generate at least 35% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and at least 80% by midcentury, while cutting its total energy consumption in half by 2050.
The Hill: Manufacturers press for fast-track authority
- The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) pressed trade lawmakers on Monday for a renewal of trade promotion authority as U.S. officials work on several major global agreements.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol experts: "We can't frack our way to energy security"
- (Audio) Geoff Cooper of the Renewable Fuels Association said oil demand is driving higher gas prices, not the Renewable Fuel Standard and ethanol. He said although the U.S. is producing more oil domestically, it will remain subject to whims of the world market if it remains dependent on the resource.
Financial Times: US ethanol credits soar to fresh high
- (Subscriber only) The price of US ethanol credits has notched a new high as oil companies scramble to comply with a biofuels mandate that Washington has given no hint of easing.
Des Moines Register: Big oil begins media blitz to repeal RFS
- The American Petroleum Institute, which represents 500 oil and natural gas companies, said Monday it was launching “Fuel for Thought,” a new TV, radio, print and ad campaign on the dangers of the RFS.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: House taking step by step approach to immigration reform
- (Audio) The Republican-led House is working on splitting the Senate immigration bill into pieces. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said a step by step approach will allow members to have a greater understanding of what is being considered and give the American people more confidence in what is passed.
Associated Press: Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes
- In the region known as America's Salad Bowl, where for a century fruits and vegetables have been planted, thinned and harvested by an army of migrant workers, the machines could prove revolutionary.
Agri-Pulse: Iowa farm couple honored by Presidents Bush and Obama
- Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush made a rare joint appearance to honor Iowa farm couple Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton for their non-profit, Outreach, which provides meals to hungry children in 16 countries, including the United States.
New York Times: Looking for Ways to Beat the Weeds
- For decades, farmers have responded to resistant weeds by turning to a new herbicide. But a number of scientists argue that we need to get off this treadmill. They argue that we can find more effective ways to fight weeds by appreciating how well they’ve done at our expense.
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