Daily Harvest -- 2/6/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Cow-calf ranchers ‘in driver’s seat’ for 2014, CattleFax says
- Improved moisture conditions in much of the U.S. in the coming year will ensure continued supplies of cheap cattle feed, CattleFax analysts told an audience at the industry's biggest convention Wednesday in Nashville.
Agri-Pulse: Organic farmers have more crop insurance options in 2014
- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today reminded producers of recent changes to the organic farm safety net and key dates for producers to know for their 2014 crops.
Agri-Pulse: Senators ask for prompt implementation of livestock disaster programs
- Several senators led by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to implement the livestock disaster assistance programs reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill as soon as possible.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: The Seeds of a New Generation
- Mr. Jackson is part of a small but eager cadre of corn farmers who are starting to switch sides, as it were, lured by a little-appreciated fact of farm economics: There is vastly more money to be made in growing other vegetables and fruits.
The Hill: Industry assails FDA’s ‘food taxes’
- A coalition of food industry trade groups is urging the Obama administration to abandon its plan to impose a new set of “regulatory taxes” on businesses to help pay for a national food safety overhaul.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Politico: Chuck Schumer seeks release of Sochi yogurt shipment
- U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is calling on the Russian government to allow Chobani Greek yogurt to be delivered to Sochi for U.S. Olympic athletes and NBC Studios employees.
Wall Street Journal: Fast-Track Trade Bill's Path in Congress Gets Bumpier
- (Subscriber only) Opposition from the Senate's top Democrat to the White House's trade agenda has highlighted a broader reality: The quest for new overseas deals has a diminishing number of friends in Congress.
Reuters: Syngenta says 'sold out' of GMO corn trait banned by China
- Syngenta AG, under pressure from U.S. grain exporters to suspend sales of seeds containing a new genetically modified corn trait that is not approved in China, said on Wednesday it has already "sold out" of the product.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: House approves contentious California drought relief bill
- The House today approved legislation (H.R. 3964), on a mostly party-line vote of 229-191, which aims to provide emergency drought relief throughout California.
Agri-Pulse: USDA creates “Climate Hubs” for each region
- USDA “Climate Hubs” located in seven locations across the country will address weather risks and create resources for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.
Agri-Pulse: California weather woes
- (Audio) The drought in California has reached unprecedented proportions, according to Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. He was pleased with USDA action this week allocating $20 million for water efforts in the state.
New York Times: White House Announces 7 Regional Climate Hubs
- In substance, the creation of the climate hubs is a limited step, but it is part of a broader campaign by the administration to advance climate policy wherever possible with executive authority.
Reuters: Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland
- Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.
The Hill: House picks people over fish with California drought bill
- In 2009, the administration required water to be diverted away from the Central Valley in order to protect fish, including the three-inch Delta smelt.
Washington Post: From Alaska to Florida, 21 attorneys general join fight to halt Chesapeake Bay cleanup
- Attorneys general in 21 states are backing an attempt to derail the Obama administration’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, fearing that the government will use that authority to regulate wastewater in other watersheds, including the Mississippi River Basin.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: House GOP Cools to Immigration Overhaul
- (Subscriber only) Just days after House Republican leaders backed legalization for most immigrants in the U.S. illegally, opponents in the party are making clear they will resist the push, casting fresh doubt on chances for legislative movement on immigration this year.
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