Daily Harvest -- 1/23/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol producers say RFS uncertainty is driving investment overseas
- Biofuel producers relying on a growth market for second generation ethanol are looking to other countries for investment because of uncertainty surrounding the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), industry representatives said today in a conference call with reporters.
Agri-Pulse: Research: Biofuel feedstock alternatives to corn offer more benefits
- A paper published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences asserts that when evaluating and comparing all outcomes of biofuel produced from a variety of feedstocks, alternatives to corn score higher.
Agri-Pulse: Former Members of Congress at Biodiesel Conference
- (Audio) At the National Biodiesel Conference this week in San Diego, two former members of Congress talked about a tax on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
Agri-Pulse: R-CALF leads about 100 groups in urging conferees not to make COOL changes
- R-CALF USA and 97 other groups representing cattle, farm, manufacturer, consumer and other rural interests sent a letter today to members of the farm bill conference committee urging them not to make any changes to the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.
Agri-Pulse: OSHA responds to charges of overregulation on small farms
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will work to clarify its regulations regarding grain storage on small farms, an agency official told members of the media today.
Argus Leader: Country of origin labeling might not make final farm bill cut
- Sen. Tim Johnson is worried that the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) provisions he worked to get into law in 2002 will be left out of this year’s farm bill.
The Daily Yonder: Round Up: The PILT-Down Farm Bill?
- PILT provides payments to counties where the federal government owns land. It’s meant to make up for the loss of local property-tax revenue, since federal lands are tax exempt.
Reuters: U.S. hog producers take steps to guard against PEDv at winter meetings
- Concern among the top U.S. hog-producing states over a virus that is killing millions of baby pigs has reached such an extent that officials at an industry gathering in Minnesota this week swabbed the trade floor to test for the virus.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: U.N. food price index falls; still third-highest ever
- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations recently reported the second straight annual drop in its food price index, but still the third highest level on record, as declines in sugar, cereal and vegetable oil offset sharp increases in meat and dairy prices.
Fox News: Trader Joe's ex-president to open store selling expired food
- In May, he’s launching The Daily Table, a grocery store and restaurant in Dorchester, Mass., that will offer inexpensive food considered 'unsellable' by regular grocery stores.
ABC News: States Weighing Labels on Genetically Altered Food
- In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Nigeria to Double Agriculture Credit in Two Years to Cut Imports
- Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, plans to double agriculture’s share of banks’ credit to 10 percent in two years as it seeks to cut food imports, Agriculture Minister Akinwunmi Adesina said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA report shows cropland erosion rates stable
- Cropland erosion rates remained stable between 2007 and 2010, the USDA's National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) reported yesterday as it released new data gathered under the agency's 2010 National Resources Inventory.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers planning bill to assist drought relief in California
- Three House lawmakers, including House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said today they intend to introduce emergency drought legislation to provide relief throughout California.
ABC News: Speaker Boehner Visits California for Drought Bill
- House Speaker John Boehner visited a dusty California field on Wednesday, joining Central Valley Republicans to announce an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what is certain to be a devastating year.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Roll Call: House Republicans Are of Many Minds on Immigration
- Are House Republicans prepared to pass an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in 2014? It depends on whom you ask.
The Patriot-News: Super Bowl 2014 food: New Jersey options for football foodies
- Those fortunate enough to have tickets to the game at MetLife Stadium will be able to gorge on American, Mexican, Asian and Italian specialties, done with a local flair, in the "Home Food Advantage" food court.
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