Daily Harvest -- 2/10/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Meat industry opponents drop COOL lawsuit
- (Subscriber only) A lawsuit waged by opponents of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) was dropped today after it was defeated in the courts three times.
Agri-Pulse: Seeking certainty for sugar
- When Michael Scuse, USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Services, spoke at the 2014 International Sweetener Colloquium in California, he talked about “re-export swaps,” “sugar for ethanol,” and “high volume of sugar.”
Agri-Pulse: Crop insurance gears up for greater expectations, greater scrutiny
- Two weeks after the 2014 farm bill was completed, Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Brandon Willis wrote a memo to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, listing the required crop insurance changes and the timeline of when those changes could be available.
Agri-Pulse: Coalition expresses crop insurance cut concerns to Congress
- (Audio) A coalition of more than 30 agriculture, banking, and insurance organizations sent a letter to congressional leaders last week to express their concerns about the White House budget proposal to cut crop insurance funding.
Agri-Pulse: Roberts announces staff hires for Agriculture Committee
- Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has named Matt Erickson, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation for the past four years, as the committee's chief economist.
Des Moines Register: Iowa Great Lakes may be next hog-confinement battleground
- Iowa Great Lakes, home to multimillion-dollar vacation homes and a playground for thousands of tourists each year, could become the next battleground over the construction of large animal-confinement operations.
PR Newswire: U.S organic cotton acreage seen highest in almost 20 years
- Despite grappling with tight seed supplies, persistent weeds and a shortage of seasonal labor, U.S. organic cotton growers are estimated to have planted the most acreage to organic cotton in 2014 since 1995, according to the 2013 and Preliminary 2014 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report just published by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
Oregon Live: Americans are denying science about GMO safety: Washington Post opinion
- Sophisticated readers know a science denier when they see one: the libertarian irresponsibly attacking vaccine safety, the oil-state senator mocking climate theory, the Southern Bible-thumper denying the fossil in front of his nose.
Los Angeles Times: Ship unloading resumes at West Coast ports amid labor dispute
- Dockworkers resumed unloading ships at West Coast ports Monday after employers suspended those operations over the weekend amid an ongoing labor dispute.
Agri-Pulse: RFS delay slowing biodiesel industry, senators say
- Nearly one-third of the Senate is urging the Obama administration to hurry up and finalize the annual usage mandates for renewable fuels, saying the delay has slowed production of biodiesel.
Los Angeles Times: Huge solar farm opens in California: Enough energy for 160,000 homes
- About 4,000 acres of shiny black solar panels stretch across Riverside County near Joshua Tree National Park, where on Monday U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell dedicated one of the largest photovoltaic solar energy farms in the world.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Not Only Hipsters Cry When U.S. Grocers Run Out of Organic Milk
- With retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. trying to attract more organic-food shoppers while McDonald’s Corp. uses the milk -- which can cost almost twice as much as regular -- in some McCafe coffees, producers are struggling to keep up with demand.
Fast Company: The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Food
- From eggless mayo to protein-filled cricket bars, the companies redefining how and what we eat.
NPR: If Apple Made iMilk And Nike Sold Fruit: Designer Groceries As Art
- It's hard to look at these stylish packages of citrus fruit, bearing Nike's iconic swoosh, without having the athletic company's famous slogan "Just do it" immediately come to mind. And that's precisely the point, says Israel-based designer Peddy Mergui.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: New study finds that Dodd-Frank has promoted industry consolidation and killed community banks
- A new study by Marshall Lux and Robert Greene reports that since the enactment of Dodd-Frank community banks have lost market share at twice the rate that they did prior to Dodd-Frank.
Reuters: Japan's farming lobby accepts cooperatives reform plan
- Japan's politically powerful farming lobby on Monday accepted plans by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to reform the agricultural sector, after the initial proposals were watered down.
Reuters: China to direct farm machinery subsidies to growers of key crops
- China will give priority to growers of key staple crops as well as cotton and sugar under changes to its farm machinery subsidy scheme, as it seeks to guarantee food self-sufficiency amid a declining rural workforce, its top newspaper said.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Farm Bureau secures stay in EPA privacy suit
- A federal district court in Minnesota has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency not to release farmers' and ranchers' personal information while the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) appeal the court's dismissal of their lawsuit seeking to stop the practice.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces $30 million in projects to fight citrus greening
- USDA announced $30 million in funding for 22 projects aimed at fighting citrus greening disease, which is devastating groves in Florida and threatening the U.S. citrus industry.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Immigration furor may thwart push to expand tax credit
- Both President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) want to expand a key tax break for the working poor, but any hopes for a bipartisan compromise face a familiar obstacle – immigration reform.
The Clarion-Ledger: Wild hogs threaten Miss. economy, expert says
- Wild hogs are rooting up crops, chomping down trees, destroying levees, and spreading disease as they reproduce at an alarming rate, Cliff Covington, Mississippi State University Extension Service wildlife specialist, told the Warren County Forestry Association during its recent annual meeting.
Des Moines Register: Pataki, Christie to attend ag summit
- Former New York Gov. George Pataki will visit Des Moines to speak at next month's Iowa Agricultural Summit, the event's organizers announced Monday.
Wall Street Journal: Meet ‘Mrs. O,’ the Great-Grandmother Keeping Capitol Hill in Line
- In 1987, Barbara O’Malley —known throughout Senate offices as Mrs. O—joined the staff of Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.) as her receptionist. Nearly three decades later, at the age of 87, she is still answering the senator’s phones and keeping the Senate’s other inhabitants in line.
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