Daily Harvest -- 2/11/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Farm income projected to plunge 32 percent
- Despite new government subsidies, U.S. farm income will drop by nearly a third this year because of the plunge in the price of corn, milk and other commodities, the Agriculture Department says.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: American farmers as peasants? Really?
- Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors: In his recent declaration of war on my farm and thousands like it, and yes, those were his words, New York Times recipe-trader-in-chief and food columnist Mark Bittman contrasted the kind of “industrial” agriculture practiced in the U.S. with peasant agriculture in the rest of the world, and found the kind of farming we do wanting.
Agri-Pulse: White House threatens to veto permanent Section 179 extension
- The White House is threatening to veto a House bill that would make permanent the Section 179 expensing allowance that is widely used by farmers to buy tractors and other agricultural equipment.
Agri-Pulse: Conservative groups seek to kill harvest-price insurance subsidies
- Leading conservative groups are backing an effort by congressional critics of the crop insurance program to eliminate premium subsidies for the popular harvest-price revenue policies.
Agri-Pulse: Inhofe: Ready for regulatory roll-back agenda
- (Subscriber only) Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., is confident the new GOP-run Senate will succeed in reversing the Obama administration's most burdensome and costly regulations - and succeed in writing new highway legislation needed to rebuild the nation's roads and bridges.
Agri-Pulse: Port slowdown, deteriorating infrastructure hurting ag exports
- (Subscriber only) A labor dispute at West Coast ports is being felt across the country, but a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday examined if the country's current infrastructure is helping exports, even with a fully employed labor force.
Agri-Pulse: Senators reflect on 1986 tax reform in effort to repeat history
- The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the Tax Reform Act of 1986 - the most recent major simplification of the tax code -- as members looked to the past for inspiration.
Agri-Pulse: Optimism in the cattle industry
- (Audio) There’s optimism in the cattle industry this year, according to outgoing National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan.
National Journal: Playing Defense on Crop Insurance
- Agriculture leaders know that insurance programs could be targeted for cuts, especially if food stamps are too.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Corn, Wheat Prices Fall After USDA Projects Global Oversupply
- U.S. wheat prices fell sharply Tuesday after federal forecasters projected larger stockpiles of the grain than analysts had expected. Corn and soybean futures also declined.
Food Safety News: Iowa Congressman Reintroduces Interstate Commerce Agriculture Bill
- On Feb. 3, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) re-introduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which he attempted to amend into last year’s farm bill.
New York Times: A Biofuel Debate: Will Cutting Trees Cut Carbon?
- Does combating climate change require burning the world’s forests and crops for fuel?
Huffington Post: Apple To Power New Headquarters With Solar Energy
- CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that the company would power its new corporate headquarters with energy from a 2,900-acre solar farm being built by First Solar. Apple committed $848 million to the solar project, which was approved for construction last month.
St. Louis Public Radio: State High Court Says Lawmakers Acted Too Fast To Limit Renewable Energy Law
- Missouri's highest court has ruled that lawmakers acted too soon in 2008 when they sought to place limits on a ballot initiative on renewable energy before it had gone to the voters.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Los Angeles Times: Has the farmers market movement peaked?
- Have farmers markets become too plentiful for their own good? That’s a question farmers and market managers have been asking for several years. And now there’s evidence that suggests it may be so.
Washington Post: The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol
- The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: Lawmakers: Tackle currency manipulation or risk trade agenda
- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is ramping up pressure on the Obama administration to address currency manipulation or risk the completion of its trade agenda.
Reuters: Australia tightens rules over foreign buying of agricultural land
- Australia tightened rules on Wednesday over foreign ownership of its agricultural land amid concerns that it is losing control of its own food security, slashing the amount beyond which land purchases would require regulatory approval.
Reuters: Farmers in eastern Ukraine feel the bite of conflict
- Food production in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine is set to drop in the coming months, as farmers don't have regular access to seeds and fertilizers, a U.N. official said on Tuesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
KWWL: Testing for ethanol in Mississippi continues
- Iowa's Department of Natural Resources will be testing for ethanol in the Mississippi for "quite some time," according to Scott Gritters, a fisheries biologist with the DNR.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: At stake in immigration debate: Billions of dollars
- In Congress’ standoff over immigration policy, Republicans seem to be battling not only President Barack Obama but their own rhetoric on government spending.
Los Angeles Times: UC, strawberry growers settle legal fight over research
- The University of California and the state's strawberry growers have reached a settlement in their legal fight over research that breeds new and valuable varieties of the fruit. Their lawsuits had attracted national attention about academia's important role in agribusiness and raised concerns about the state's $2.6-billion annual strawberry crop —— which dominates the national market.
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