Daily Harvest -- 2/12/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Crop insurance industry aims to build on past successes
- Just days after President Barack Obama signed a new five-year farm bill, members of the crop insurance industry celebrated the strides they made in establishing this public-private partnership as the new cornerstone of federal farm policy.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance
- Since the new law eliminates direct payments, a primary link to conservation requirements, re-linking insurance purchases helps ensure maintenance of a reasonable baseline of land stewardship, says Strategic Conservation Solutions Principal Bruce Knight.
Agri-Pulse: House committee hears about farm data
- (Audio) The House Small Business Committee held a hearing this week where a Missouri farmer had the opportunity to educate some members of Congress about the high-tech nature of agricultural production today. He asked the committee to consider the gaps in cell phone service and high speed internet access in rural America.
Agri-Pulse: OSHA will issue new grain bin safety guidance
- The U.S. Department of Labor will update its guidance on grain bin safety enforcement, Brian Kennedy, the DOL's assistant secretary of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, said in a letter to Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb.
Agri-Pulse: Restaurant industry outpacing U.S. economy in job growth
- The restaurant industry did better than the U.S. economy as a whole in 2013 - and will continue to do so in 2014, according to the National Restaurant Association.
Agri-Pulse: Senate poised to approve bill lifting debt ceiling
- The Senate is likely to approve, as early as Wednesday, legislation that would lift the nation's debt ceiling until March 2015 and avoid a government default at the end of this month.
Associated Press: USAID says new farm law to boost food aid abroad
- U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says changes to the way the United States distributes food aid could help feed 800,000 more people abroad, many of them Syrian refugees.
Ag Week: USDA working on farm bill rules, regulations
- Working out details, particularly ones involving livestock disaster programs, won’t take as long, says Aaron Krauter, the executive state director of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency.
Wall Street Journal: USDA Projects U.S. Net Farm Income to Decline 27% in 2014
- (Subscriber only) American farm incomes are expected to plunge by 27% to the lowest level since 2010, federal forecasters said Tuesday, as a sharp drop in crop prices erases some of the gains from years of strong growth in rural economies.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Chick-fil-A pledges to serve antibiotic-free chicken
- Chick-fil-A said its nearly 1,800 restaurants will be serving chicken raised without antibiotics within the next five years.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Obama, Hollande discuss trade, climate change, food security
- During a state visit by French President François Hollande, President Obama said Tuesday the leaders discussed an array of issues including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), climate change, and food security.
New York Times: Modified Corn a Step Closer to Approval in Europe
- After 13 years, six scientific opinions and two legal challenges, an insect-resistant type of corn is on the verge of being approved by the European Union. It would be only the third genetically modified crop to be authorized for cultivation in the 28-nation bloc.
Miami Herald: Time for a new policy on Cuba
- In this op-ed for the Miami Herald, Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Tuesday called on President Obama to end the trade embargo on Cuba. They say surveys indicate a majority of people in the United States support a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba.
The Hill: Asia-Pacific trade talks set to resume Feb. 22
- Ministers of the 12 nations who are working to hammer out an agreement will meet Feb. 22-25 to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), several of the countries announced Tuesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Battle Over California Drought Solution
- (Subscriber only) California's drought is becoming a hot issue on Capitol Hill, where bills from Senate Democrats and House Republicans offer rival solutions on how to best aid water-starved farmers.
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