Daily Harvest -- 2/18/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups focusing on immigration reform
- (Audio) Now that the farm bill is complete, agricultural organizations are able to focus more on immigration reform. The American Farm Bureau Federation just updated a study that shows a devastating impact if Congress does nothing to change immigration law or focuses solely on enforcement.
CBS News: Paul, McConnell help announce new hemp projects in Kentucky
- Among the many pet projects lawmakers were able to tuck into the farm bill that passed Congress earlier this month was a measure that will allow states to grow industrial hemp for research.
Los Angeles Times: California egg farmers laying the groundwork for roomier hen roosts
- After losing several legal attempts to overturn upcoming henhouse rules, California farmers are remodeling coops and building so-called cage-free systems for egg-laying hens.
Wisconsin State Journal: Dairy farmers squeezing white gold from cows
- Most milk manufactured in Wisconsin becomes cheese, but it’s also turning into white gold for dairy farmers in America’s Dairyland, because demand has never been higher and prices for it are rising at meteoric rates.
New York Daily News: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, other Democrats to ask for delay of law cutting food stamps
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand lined up lawmakers to sign off on a letter to be sent to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday. The Democrats would like a delay in one of the provisions of the recently passed farm, which cuts $8 billion in food stamp aid.
CNN: Food stamp use among military rises again
- Food stamp redemption at military grocers has been rising steadily since the beginning of the recession in 2008. Nearly $104 million worth of food stamps was redeemed at military commissaries in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
Financial Times: Bumper profits threaten US ethanol support
- (Subscriber only) The US ethanol industry is enjoying bumper profits again, placing it in an awkward position as it battles plans by the Obama administration to scale back government support.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: A Big Bet on Gluten-Free
- In dollars and cents, sales of gluten-free products were expected to total $10.5 billion last year, according to Mintel, a market research company, which estimates the category will produce more than $15 billion in annual sales in 2016.
Wall Street Journal: Food Industry Prepares for Gloomy News
- Mondelez International Inc., ConAgra Foods Inc. and J.M. Smucker Co., all reported lackluster financial results last week, reflecting the packaged-food industry's continued struggle with weak consumer spending and cutthroat competition.
Mother Jones: No, GMOs Won't Harm Your Health
- Dr. Steven Novella argues that many of the fears surrounding genetically modified crops are unsupported.
ABC News: US Olive Oil Pushing Gov't to Test Imported Oils
- It's a pressing matter for the tiny U.S. olive oil industry: American shoppers more often are going for European imports, which are cheaper and viewed as more authentic.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Obama Seeks Agreement With Mexico, Canada on TPP
- President Barack Obama will strive to come to an agreement with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as the three leaders meet this week to discuss how the members of Nafta will fit into the new, far-reaching trade pact.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Political Drought Diversion
- Democrats must have told the President he needed to show some concern over the state's record drought, and so naturally Mr. Obama devoted about a third of his remarks to a lecture on global warming.
Kansas City Star: Howard Buffett wants US farmers to protect soil
- Philanthropist Howard Buffett wants his fellow farmers to pay more attention to soil health and consider using cover crops.
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