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Daily Harvest -- 7/17/2013
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Agri-Pulse: House sends farm bill to Senate in next move to conference
Link - The House sent its five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) Tuesday to the Senate, pushing the legislation onto the next step toward conference, according to a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee spokesman.

Agri-Pulse: Oil industry blames RFS for gas price volatility
Link - (Audio) The Senate Energy Committee held a hearing this week, where oil industry representatives called for an end to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Valero Energy CEO William Klesse owns ten ethanol plants, but said the RIN system is causing volatility.

Politico: Frank Lucas: Food stamps could make final farm bill
Link - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said Tuesday that “conversations can and will begin immediately” with the Senate on the Farm Bill and nothing the House has done so far precludes including food stamp reforms in the final conference report.

Des Moines Register: Branstad expresses concern over proposed EPA rules
Link - Environmental groups pushing the federal government to take over enforcement of Clean Water Act regulations in Iowa said Tuesday that Gov. Terry Branstad is lobbying on behalf of agriculture groups.


The Hill: House farm bill provision could delay new food safety regulations
Link - The House farm bill contains an amendment requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a “scientific and economic analysis” of regulations drafted under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), further delaying the enactment of new food safety rules.

Bloomberg: Record Pork Supply Seen as U.S. Farms Profit Again: Commodities
Link - U.S. hog farmers are making money for the first time in a year after prices surged to a two-decade seasonal high and feed costs fell, spurring them to expand herds that will yield the most pork on record.

Wall Street Journal: Corn Prices Rise on Souring Outlook
Link - (Subscriber only) Prices jumped after a U.S. Department of Agriculture report late Monday showed dry conditions in parts of the western Midwest had left the national crop less healthy than a week earlier. The main cause was worse conditions in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, surprising analysts who generally had expected conditions to hold steady or improve slightly.


Agri-Pulse: Round one of TTIP talks continue
Link - (Audio) The first round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership concluded at the end of last week in Washington. EU chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero said it was a productive week for both sides.

Agri-Pulse: FAO: World cereal production will reach records this year
Link - World total cereal production is forecast to increase by about seven percent in 2013 compared to last year, according to the latest issue of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

All News Australia: MPs to sleep under wind turbines
Link - Three South Australian MPs plan to spend a night in an abandoned house north of Adelaide in Australia to gauge the impact of wind farms. The home has been vacated by the owners, who Liberal MP David Ridgway says were driven out by the nearby wind turbines due to health issues.


Washington Post: Obama concedes Congress won't meet August deadline on immigration overhaul
Link - President Barack Obama on Tuesday conceded that an immigration overhaul cannot be achieved by his August deadline. With House Republicans searching for a way forward on the issue, the president said he was hopeful a bill could be finalized this fall.


Agri-Pulse: Smithsonian seeking farm stories for new exhibit
Link - The museum is looking to add an upcoming “American Enterprise” exhibit, which will paint the picture of American business through agriculture, consumer finance, information technology/communication, manufacturing and retail/service.

Washington Post: Watch him pull a USDA-mandated rabbit disaster plan out of his hat
Link - A USDA regulation requires magician Marty Hahne to hold a government license for the rabbit in his magic show. The government recently announced a new rule that to keep his rabbit license, Hahne needed to write a rabbit disaster plan.

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