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Daily Harvest -- 1/15/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Iowa, Maryland lawmakers join panel to oversee USDA, FDA spending
Link - Freshman Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, has been awarded a seat on the House Appropriations subcommittee that controls spending for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration.

Agri-Pulse: FDA official provides FSMA update
Link - (Audio) FDA Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor gave farmers and ranchers attending the American Farm Bureau Federation 96th Annual Convention an update on implementaion of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Agri-Pulse: Farm Bureau 96th Annual Convention Discussion of Delegate Process
Link - (Video) In this video, state Farm Bureau leaders discuss the delegate process and why it is important for their organization and agriculture as a whole.

Los Angeles Times:State puts limits on a pesticide used for strawberries, other crops
Link - California farmers must restrict their use of a tear gas-like pesticide applied to strawberries and other crops under new rules designed to protect farmworkers and people who live, work and go to school near agricultural fields.

The Hill: House passes Dodd-Frank changes
Link - The House on Wednesday passed legislation, blocked by Democrats last week, that would delay the implementation of a controversial provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.


Agri-Pulse: Keystone kicks off battles in Senate Energy Committee
Link - (Subscriber only) This year, as last year, the chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is championing Keystone XL pipeline legislation to end what she calls six years of Obama administration delay and force construction of the controversial project to carry thick Canadian tar sands oil to a Texas refinery for possible export.


NPR: GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?
Link - Some of the biggest potato buyers in the country, such as Frito-Lay and McDonald's, seem afraid to touch these potatoes. Others don't even want to talk about them because they are genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Reuters: Chipotle's pork plight could hurt 1st qtr results
Link - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's decision to suspend purchases from a pork producer that ran afoul of its animal welfare rules could bolster its reputation with diners but threatens sales and profits this quarter.

Los Angeles Times: Snack makers take a fresh look at healthful fare
Link - At the annual Fancy Food Show in San Francisco this week, up-and-coming brands touted seaweed chips, toasted coconut shavings, kale crackers, Wagyu beef jerky and baked pasta bites.

The Hill: Feds target fried food, juice at day cares
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing strict new dietary guidelines for day cares that would prohibit them from frying food that is served to children.

New York Times: After Suspending Supplier, Chipotle Takes Pork Off Menu in 600 Stores
Link - Signs have gone up in about 600 Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants, informing customers that carnitas is not being served.


Reuters: U.S. senator says Pacific trade deal on 'two-month trajectory'
Link - The top U.S. trade official, Michael Froman, told lawmakers a major trade pact with Pacific Rim trading partners is "on a two-month trajectory," the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate said on Tuesday, although the trade office said there was no set timeline for the deal.

Wall Street Journal: Businesses Push White House for More Cuba Access
Link - Some American industries are eager to recover lost ground in the formerly off-limits nation of Cuba, as the U.S. eases its controls on business there.

Reuters: Malawi floods kill at least 48, damage crops
Link - Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has declared half the southern African country a disaster zone after torrential rains over the past few days killed at least 48 people and left around 70,000 homeless.

Euro2day: Dairy stocks: milk, but no honey
Link - Between 2000 and 2013, US per capita consumption of milk dropped by a tenth, according to the US Department of Agriculture. But US dairy production has grown by a fifth and the UK looks similarly lopsided. Given the imbalance, farmers have welcomed the emergence a new market: China.


Agri-Pulse: USDA funds leverage local investment in conservation projects
Link - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wants cleaner water and it's willing to help farmers upstream cut down on the runoff that's draining off their land into the streams that affect the city's water supply.

Agri-Pulse: Groundbreaking conservation projects tackle environmental challenges nationwide
Link - More than 100 conservation projects aimed at protecting water quality, restoring critical wildlife habitat and addressing other environmental challenges will get federal matching funds under a groundbreaking program authorized by the new farm bill.

Wall Street Journal: Vermont, USDA announce $16M to clean Lake Champlain
Link - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced $16 million in federal funds to help clean up Lake Champlain.


CNN: GOP immigration showdown looms after House passes plan
Link - The House approved an all-or-nothing measure that ties Homeland Security funding to the undoing of President Barack Obama's immigration moves -- setting the stage for a clash with the new Republican-led Senate.

New York Times: House Measure Defies Obama on Immigrants
Link - The House voted on Wednesday to gut major provisions of President Obama’s immigration policy, approving legislation that would revoke legal protections for millions of unauthorized immigrants, including children, and put them at risk of deportation.

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