Daily Harvest -- 1/19/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator John Thune-SD
- (Audio) Thune says a revision to the nation's tax code is possible but the executive and legislative branches of government are obviously at odds over the Keystone Pipeline and Obamacare.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Obama makes case for taxes, trade in State of the Union
- (Subscriber only) President Obama makes the case for his political agenda Tuesday with a State of the Union message that will challenge the GOP congressional majority on tax policy while likely reaching out to Republicans on trade, their one real area of common ground.
Agri-Pulse: Study: Higher crop protein content linked to value, profitability
- Farmers have often heard that higher-quality soybeans could generate more value. Now, a new soy-checkoff-funded study shows how much more.
Agri-Pulse: Farms big and small flock to new dairy program
- Big farms in California, Idaho and Texas enrolled in a new dairy program that is proving to have a national appeal that its predecessor lacked because of payment limits.
Wall Street Journal: Dairy industry braces for a milk bust following 2014 boom
- Milk sales set records in 2014, but plummeting prices are forcing some dairy farmers to spill the surplus down the drain.
Tech Times: If Schools Want Kids to Eat Vegetables, Recess Should Come Before Lunch
- The National School Lunch Program is in place to get children to eat at least one serving of fruit and vegetable while they are in school, helping ensure they meet their daily nutritional requirements. Just because a child has a fruit and a vegetable on their tray, however, doesn't mean that they'll actually eat them.
Des Moines Register: Will Des Moines water lawsuit change farming rules?
- A Des Moines utility's plan to sue three northwest counties for polluting central Iowa's drinking water supply may have broad ramifications for state and U.S. farmers, who environmentalists complain have been too slow to embrace meaningful conservation practices.
Agri-Pulse: Senate ethanol critics seek to kill mandate with Keystone amendment
- Critics of the corn ethanol industry want to put the Senate on record calling for an end to annual usage mandates for the biofuel.
Wall Street Journal: Oil Prices to Play Into BP Fine
- A global oil glut has sent prices tumbling since the summer. Crude now sells for about 40% less than it did in April 2010, when the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and touched off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”
- The Oklahoma State survey result is probably an example of the intersection between scientific ignorance and political ignorance, both of which are widespread.
NPR: Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business
- Brewers, chefs, baristas and even farmers are turning to pedal-powered vehicles to bring their goods to consumers — and, sometimes, actually produce them on the street.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
RT: ‘We are fed up!’: Thousands march against TTIP & GMOs in Berlin
- A broad alliance of farmers, ethical consumers, and anti-capitalist activists staged a march through Berlin that numbered up to 50,000, to denounce the proposed TTIP treaty between the US and EU, and mass farming technologies.
Grand Forks Herald: Regional farmers join Syngenta suits
- Northern Plains farmers are getting into the legal fray over Syngenta’s alleged premature release of a genetically modified (GM) corn variety. The commercial release to U.S. farmers allegedly led to China stopping imports of U.S. corn and distillers grains from November 2013 through much of 2014.
NPR: Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba
- A U.S. Congressional delegation led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy is in Cuba to discuss greater cooperation after President Obama embarked on a historic thawing of relations between the two countries after a decades-long chill.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: A new era in conservation unfolds
- (Audio) USDA officials are calling the Regional Conservation Partnership Program a new era in conservation efforts. Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller says the RCPP is an example of government at its best.
Los Angeles Times: Latest climate change battle may center on food pyramid
- The political clash over climate change has entered new territory that does not involve a massive oil pipeline or a subsidy for renewable energy, but a quaint federal chart that tries to nudge Americans toward a healthy diet.
Green Bay Press Gazette: Farms, waste hauler fined for manure spills
- Penalties have been assessed and cleanup continues on wells contaminated last September when liquid manure entered a sinkhole in a town of Jacksonport farm field.
Slate: Pope: Failing to Care for Environment Is a Betrayal of God
- Pope Francis has been wading into environmental issues during his week-long Asian tour, but he issued the strongest words on Sunday, when he said that man was betraying God’s calling by destroying nature.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Bloomberg: Chaffetz Wants to 'Get Some Things Done' on Immigration
- The Utah Republican says he'll continue several of Darrell Issa's investigations on the Oversight committee.
U-T San Diego: Urban farming in Tijuana for deportees
- Spearheaded by a group of 20-something professionals, the Bordofarms effort for now consists of 30 raised beds planted with kale, beets, chard and two varieties of lettuce and set on a broad berm that overlooks the concrete channel of the Tijuana River.
Agri-Pulse: Veteran ag journalist Ed Maixner joins Agri-Pulse as contributing editor
- Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce that award-winning veteran agricultural journalist Ed Maixner is a contributing editor, effective Jan. 5.
Associated Press: Pence stresses importance of agriculture industry
- Agriculture is one of the most important factors driving Indiana’s economy, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Friday, adding that he plans to support its future growth and development.
Valley News: GMO Wheat Experiment Is Back
- At the heart of Monsanto’s global research operation is a structure with a rather ordinary name. But on the fourth floor of Building GG is a room where the future of wheat may be changing.
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