Daily Harvest -- 9/11/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House to move on nutrition title next week
- (Subscriber only) The House is poised to markup a farm bill nutrition title next week as lawmakers continue to find a way forward on a five-year farm bill, a congressional aide close to the negotiations said Monday.
Agri-Pulse: USDA aims to innovate conservation practices, fulfill civil rights agenda
- (Subscriber only) From cover crops to bat conservation, USDA is looking for more innovative ways to protect natural resources and habitat. And along the way, the dollars may help fulfill a piece of the Obama administration's civil rights agenda.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack wants Congress leave RFS alone and work on farm bill
- (Audio) Vilsack said that Congress should stop focusing on changing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and start focusing on passing a farm bill. He said the supporters of RFS are put in difficult positions when efforts to change the RFS are attached to other budget priorities.
Politico: Tom Vilsack: Strongly opposed to farm bill extension
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that he had “very, very strong objections” to another extension of the current farm law, saying that option only rewards Congress for failing again to write a comprehensive five-year farm bill.
The Hill: House GOP to unveil water infrastructure bill
- Republican leaders in the House are planning to unveil their version of a bill to reauthorize federal waterways funding on Wednesday, lawmakers in the lower chamber announced on Tuesday.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack says Congress should stay away from changing country’s renewable fuels policy
- The U.S. Congress should back away from its push to change the country’s controversial renewable energy program, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the nation’s largest ethanol trade group on Tuesday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Dry South America Weather Seen Delaying Crop Sowing by Oil World
- Dryness stretching from the central Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Goias into most crop areas in Argentina is stressing wheat fields and delaying the start of sowing corn, soybeans and sunflowers, the researcher said today in an e-mailed report.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: More crops wilt in late heat, drought in Iowa
- Farmers head into harvest season with about two-thirds of the state considered in a moderate drought and a large swath of central Iowa in severe drought, according to the National Drought Monitor.
Bloomberg: Record-Low Texas Water Reservoirs May Halt Cattle-Herd Expansion
- Cattle ranchers may ditch plans to expand their herds in Texas, the biggest U.S. beef producer, as an expanding drought damages pastures and water reservoirs drop to record lows, according to Texas A&M University.
Politico: Report questions EPA pesticide approvals
- In a 52-page report released Monday, the Government Accountability Office raises concerns about EPA’s method of granting conditional approval for new uses of pesticides in advance of receiving full reports from the manufacturers to support the safety of their use.
Politico: Lisa Jackson denies email secrecy at House hearing
- A calm yet defiant Lisa Jackson faced her Republican critics Tuesday during a House hearing on government secrecy, while denying yet again that she tried to evade federal record-keeping requirements as the EPA’s administrator during President Barack Obama’s first term.
Agri-Pulse: Solid biodiesel production helps meet advanced biofuel needs
- The U.S. biodiesel industry appears headed toward another banner year, driven in large part by a $1-per-gallon production tax credit extended by Congress through the end of 2013.
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