Daily Harvest -- 1/28/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Associated Press: Obama Sees Need to Move on Drone Rules Now
- President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds — flown by an off-duty intelligence employee — shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely.
Wall Street Journal: DuPont Warns of Currency Headwinds
- DuPont Co. gave a disappointing outlook for 2015, warning its profit would take a significant hit from the strengthening U.S. dollar and weakness in its agricultural-seed business.
Reuters: Obama to propose sharp increase in antibiotic funding
- U.S. President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request will propose nearly doubling federal funding to some $1.2 billion for the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the White House said on Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: Senate Keystone battle escalates as energy, politics collide
- (Subscriber only) Step one in the push to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to pump Canadian tar sands oil to Texas refineries worked just as planned: Keystone legislation has been the first bill debated and voted on by the new GOP-run Senate.
Des Moines Register: Renewable fuel mandate delays hurt farmers, leaders say
- Federal delays in setting the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supplies are contributing to the economic challenges Iowa and U.S. farmers face, industry leaders said Tuesday.
Forbes: Why Obama's Drilling Plan Ignores America's Changing Energy Role
- The plan outlined today, which would open parts of the eastern seaboard to offshore drilling while pulling back on new drilling in Alaska, seems more geared toward avoiding difficult political choices than laying down a coherent energy strategy for the nation’s future.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA to test pork supply for food safety problems
- (Subscriber only) Buried in USDA's new microbial standards for poultry safety is the disclosure that the Food Safety and Inspection Service plans in March to start testing raw pork for pathogens of public concern.
Agri-Pulse: Restaurant industry outlook bright for 2015 and beyond
- The National Restaurant Association has released its 2015 industry forecast, and for the sixth straight year, restaurant sales are expected to increase.
New York Times: The North Carolina Way
- Women run the state’s pre-eminent pasture-raised meat and organic produce distribution businesses and preside over its farmers’ markets. They influence food policy and lead the state’s academic food studies. And each fall, the state hosts the nation’s only retreat for women in the meat business.
Burlington Free Press: Vermont calls more GMO hearings
- The Vermont Attorney General's office is calling a second public hearing on the state's rules to implement the ban on genetically modified organisms.
Washington Post: Seattle is now publicly shaming people for putting food in their trash bins
- Seattle began enforcing this month a new law, which aims to curb the amount of food sent to landfills. As of January 1, residents of the city, including all commercial establishments, must have a composting service haul away their food waste, drive the waste to a processing site, or compost it themselves at home or on-site.
Washington Post: 5 amazing ways 3D-printed food will change the way we eat
- Journey to the frontier of food and you’ll find a 3D printer, spewing out chocolate. While traditional cooking isn’t going anywhere, you can count on 3D printed foods eventually finding a place in our world.
Los Angeles Times: Super Bowl 2015: Build your own food football stadium
- Planning a Super Bowl party and wondering how to lay out the spread? Get creative and build a stadium out of food.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. trade rep says TPP deal getting close
- (Subscriber only) With the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations under way, access for agricultural products to Japan and Canada remain among the unresolved issues, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: Anti-TPP protesters interrupt Senate hearing
- Protesters interrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing today to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and efforts to pass Trade Promotion Authority through Congress.
Agri-Pulse: Congress pressured both ways on COOL
- (Audio) The focus in Washington this week has been on potential trade agreements with countries in Asia and Europe, but Congress is also being pressured on another trade issue that impacts the United States’ closest trading partners in North America.
National Journal: Farm Lobby Eyes Cuba
- California Dairies, a large exporter of milk powder and other products, has never exported to Cuba. But Andrei Mikhalevsky, its president and CEO, would like to enter that market.
Wall Street Journal: NY growers to benefit as US, China agree on apple exports
- New York apple growers expect to benefit after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reached agreement with China to allow all U.S. grown apples access to the Chinese market.
Detroit News: U.S. pushing Japan on vehicle import standards
- The Obama administration’s top trade negotiator denied a report that U.S. trade negotiators will end their bid to convince Japan to lift tough requirements on car imports after Japan agreed to expand a tariff-free quota for imported U.S. rice.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: Florida Governor announces $5 bln over 20 years to restore Everglades
- Florida Governor Rick Scott's new state budget will include a proposal to spend $5 billion on restoring the Florida Everglades over the next 20 years, he said on Tuesday.
Edmonton Journal: Crickets add crunch and protein to dishes, easy on environment
- Now, environmentalist Michael Kalmanovitch has started stocking crickets at Earth’s General Store, with mealworms expected to arrive shortly.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Associated Press: 2 more states join Texas-led immigration lawsuit
- Texas says two more states have joined its coalition suing over the Obama administration’s executive action on immigration, meaning 26 states are now part of the case.
Los Angeles Times: White House touts economic effect of Obama's immigration program
- The White House said Monday that President Obama's executive actions on immigration could boost California's economy by as much as $27.5 billion.
The Fresno Bee: At tiny Laton High School, nearly everyone is in FFA (video)
- Nearly 100% of the students — 165 of the 175 enrolled — have joined Future Farmers of America, the venerable agriculture and leadership organization. The students compete against schools five times their size and still come home with first-place ribbons and trophies.
West Central Tribune: U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson to run for 14th term in 2016
- Peterson, a Detroit Lakes Democrat who represents Minnesota’s sprawling 7th Congressional District, which stretches along the western edge of Minnesota, said through a spokeswoman Tuesday that he plans to seek his 14th term in Congress in 2016.
Associated Press: Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys
- Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
Associated Press: Small Drone Found on White House Grounds: Law Enforcement Sources
- A small drone was found on the White House grounds overnight, the United States Secret Service confirmed on Monday, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the situation “does not pose any sort of ongoing threat.”
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