Daily Harvest -- 7/23/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Hearings begin on RFS
- (Audio) The House will hold hearings on the Renewable Fuels Standard this week amidst calls for its repeal from a number of opponents. In a campaign supporting the legislation, Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dineen says no modifications to the RFS are needed, because Congress crafted it with enough flexibility to address concerns.
Washington Examiner: George Miller rips House Republicans for taking farm aid
- Partisan acrimony over the farm bill increased Monday as a senior House Democrat chastised 14 House Republicans for voting for their chamber's latest version while collecting millions of dollars in agriculture subsidies.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack: Congress passes Farm Bill now, or we don’t get one
- Agriculture Secretary Vilsack told reporters in Ames, Iowa, that if Congress misses this window to approve the Farm Bill, recesses and impending elections will make it difficult to pass one at all.
Chicago Tribune: A necessary divorce
- The Chicago Tribune editorial states that farm subsidies and food stamps should be judged on their respective merits, but it won't happen if urban lawmakers feel compelled to support rural giveaways in exchange for farm-state votes to support feeding programs.
Wall Street Journal: Heritage Foundation Becomes a Handful for the GOP
- The latest dust-up arose earlier this month when Heritage Action opposed a revised version of the farm bill. Some Republicans were incensed because GOP leaders had bowed to the group's demand to strip out money for food stamps and other nutritional programs.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Business Times: US-led trade talks gain heft
- Tokyo’s entry, which takes to 12 the number of countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is a key plank of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans to shake up Japan’s economy and return it to growth after years of stagnation.
Wall Street Journal: Japan's Abe Warns Against Backtracking on Overhauls
- Around 70 percent of voters on Sunday said they supported the premier's economic policies, known as Abenomics, according to Japanese media exit polls.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA says it will accept 1.7 million CRP acres
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept 1.7 million acres offered under the 45th Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up.
Politico: House GOP spending bill targets EPA
- House Republicans proposed a new round of deep cuts from environmental, arts, and wildlife programs Monday, going billions of dollars beyond the across-the-board reductions already ordered by sequestration in March.
The Hill: GOP senators: EPA 'deliberately' inflating rule's benefits
- A group of Republican senators suggest the Obama administration may be purposefully overstating the benefits of new environmental rules by more than $2.2 billion to make them seem more valuable.
Politico: Ore. wind farm probe echoes Solyndra’s problems
- The latest article in a series of stories by Oregonian reporter Ted Sickinger cites past divisions within the White House about federal support for Caithness Corp.’s Shepherds Flat wind project, which the U.S. Energy Department awarded a partial loan guarantee of $1.3 billion in 2010.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Rep. Bob Goodlatte floats pathway to legalization
- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently threw a curveball into the immigration debate by floating what has been anathema to House Republicans — a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Washington Post: NM company’s plans to open a horse slaughterhouse faces a series of setbacks
- A New Mexico company’s hard-fought attempt to convert its cattle plant to a horse slaughterhouse was dealt a series of new blows Monday, with the state denying its wastewater permit and newly announced plans for a lawsuit seeking to block a return to domestic horse slaughter.
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