Daily Harvest -- 1/30/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker: John Moolenaar, Michigan 4th District
- (Video) Michigan freshman John Moolenaar, a veteran of the Michigan legislature, talks with Agri-Pulse about his previous experience in public service, how his background in science and business will help him in Congress, and the potential for tax reform in the new Congress. Moolenaar is one of 14 new members of the House Ag Committee, including eight from the GOP.
Politico: Payments to farmers may exceed farm bill’s expectations
- Falling crop prices are raising cost projections for new farm programs even before producers have signed up this spring.
Wall Street Journal: DuPont to Cut Bonuses, Delay Raises For This Year
- DuPont plans to cut bonus payments and delay raises for this year, as the chemical company grapples with slower-than-expected growth and an activist investor’s push to split the company.
Agri-Pulse: Senate GOP unable to get veto-proof margin on Keystone
- Senate Republicans failed to get a veto-proof margin on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline but pledged to tack the measure onto other energy legislation.
New York Times: New Report Urges Western Governments to Reconsider Reliance on Biofuels
- Western governments have made a wrong turn in energy policy by supporting the large-scale conversion of plants into fuel and should reconsider that strategy, according to a new report from a prominent environmental think tank.
New York Times: Offshore Wind Farm Leases Draw Few Bids From Wary Industry
- Not too long ago, in 2013, the Obama administration began auctioning off leases for offshore wind farms up and down the Eastern Seaboard, hoping to spur a nascent industry.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: School Nutrition Association calls for boost in school meal reimbursement
- The School Nutrition Association, which represents school district nutrition directors, says Congress needs to increase the reimbursement for each school breakfast and lunch by 35 cents to make sure school districts can afford to meet federal nutrition requirements.
Washington Post: More children receive food stamps today than before the start of the recession
- One in five children received food stamps last year, a higher figure than before the recession began, data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Families and Living Arrangements study released Wednesday found.
Bloomberg: Whole Foods, Half Off
- For the first time in Whole Foods’ history, the chain is running national ads: It’s spending $15 million to $20 million on a campaign that features rugged-looking farmers and fishermen vowing that “values matter.” And the company’s finally using one of the oldest tools in the supermarket toolbox, which Mackey resisted for years: a loyalty program.
Wired: How Sequencing Foods’ DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases
- Today, scientists from the two organizations announced the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium, a collaborative food safety organization that aims to leverage advances in genomics and analytics to further our understanding of what makes food safe.
Seattle Times: Seattle vs. New England in the supper bowl: how our food cultures compare
- With the big game right around the corner, we invited Boston Globe food editor Sheryl Julian to tell us how the food scene in Boston reflects the local culture there. Our food writer, Bethany Jean Clement, gave her take on the same subject for Seattle, which will run in the Globe.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Senators propose ending Cuba travel restrictions
- A bipartisan group of senators is seeking to kick off a debate over U.S. Cuban policy by proposing to end all restrictions on American travel to the island.
Agri-Pulse: Cattlemen pleased with TPP progress and hoping for West Coast ports resolution
- (Audio) Speaking to congressional committees this week, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman reported good progress being made on the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Reuters: Millions of poor farmers to benefit from new type of insurance - study – TRFN
- Governments from Mongolia to Nigeria are creating new forms of insurance to protect the developing world's small farmers, who are suffering especially badly from extreme weather events made worse by global warming, a new study said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Deadline nears to apply for Conservation Stewardship Program funds
- Agricultural producers and private forest landowners have until Feb. 27 to apply for payments under the USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) if they want to be considered for this year's funding. Applications received after that date will be considered for future funding.
Agri-Pulse: EPA, manufacturers agree to limit methomyl insecticide uses
- The Environmental Protection Agency and the manufacturers of methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses of the insecticide and limit its application on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fortune: Does it cost more to keep unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. -- or deport them?
- While the debate over immigration reform often appears to revolve around politics, the root of the issue is economics.
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