Daily Harvest -- 7/24/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmaker attempts to find compromise on RFS
- (Audio) During a House Energy Subcommittee hearing Tuesday, lawmakers worked to get some compromise from each side of the Renewable Fuels Standard debate.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack questions House farm-only farm bill
- (Audio) During an Iowa Farm Bureau conference on Monday Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed skepticism on the House-passed farm-only farm bill and the timing of a conference committee. “I’m not sure if what they’ve done is for real or for show,” he said.
National Journal: Ethanol Mandate’s Squeeze on Corn Starting to Worry Some Senate Democrats
- Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., is working on legislation to reform the renewable-fuels standard, while senators from neighboring states, including Delaware and Pennsylvania, may urge the Obama administration to temporarily waive sections of the law that require increasing amounts of biofuels—mainly corn-produced—to be blended with gasoline each year.
The Hill: House Energy Committee chairman: Biofuel-blending system 'cannot stand'
- A legislative push to change a federal biofuel-blending rule may be nearing full throttle, as House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Tuesday that the “current system cannot stand.”
Politico: House Republican budget strategy collapsing
- Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) called together about 20 House conservatives to explore options on resurrecting the nutrition title stripped out of the House bill. The Virginia Republican has been a strong advocate of more cuts but he was also candid in explaining that Ryan’s claim to save $125 billion by simply block-granting the program in 2019 was short of policy details.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Egg Giant Settles Antitrust Claims
- Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said the $28 million settlement would resolve a portion of antitrust litigation dating to 2008, in which egg buyers accused the company and others of conspiring to reduce domestic egg supplies to inflate prices.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Commissioner Says CFTC Started Investigations Without Proper Approval
- (Subscription only) Investigators at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission violated commission rules by opening investigations without seeking the approval of commissioners, GOP Commissioner O'Malia said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Hill: Bill limiting EPA power draws veto threat
- The White House is promising to veto a House bill that would impose new checks on regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: House Judiciary Committee chairman is well versed in the immigration debate
- As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is the designated gatekeeper for much of the immigration-related legislation coursing through Congress. He has a rare, and more skeptical, view on the immigration debate roiling the nation.
Gannet: Kullman goal for DuPont: 'higher-growth, higher-value company'
- The DuPont Co. said Tuesday it may sell or spin off its Performance Chemicals unit, a divestiture potentially worth billions that could sever the company’s ties to the Edge Moor titanium dioxide factory the firm has owned since 1935.
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