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Daily Harvest -- 2/24/2015
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Agri-Pulse: Almost 400 organizations oppose new farm bill budget cuts
Link - Almost 400 organizations with ties to agriculture, food, conservation and rural America wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget Committees, calling on them to reject demands for additional cuts in programs which fall under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.

Agri-Pulse: Farm income expected to be lower in 2015
Link - (Audio) In his first forecast at USDA’s annual Outlook Forum, Acting Chief Economist Robert Johansson had a mostly lower projection for agriculture prices in the coming year.

Reuters: Rent walkouts point to strains in U.S. farm economy
Link - Across the U.S. Midwest, the plunge in grain prices to near four-year lows is pitting landowners determined to sustain rental incomes against farmer tenants worried about making rent payments because their revenues are squeezed.

Wall Street Journal: Cotton prices waver on road to recovery
Link - Cotton prices have gained 13% since touching a 5½-year low of 57.30 cents a pound in late January as the U.S. had been selling more of the fiber overseas.


Associated Press: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year
Link - The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.

TIME: Gas prices inch higher after months of decline
Link - Drivers recently spoiled by falling gasoline prices are now having to deal with a new reality: Higher costs at the pump.

New York Times: Bill Gates and other business leaders urge U.S. to increase energy research
Link - The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country’s top business leaders found in a new report.


USA Today: In winter, a struggle to get food to hungry
Link - Record-low temperatures, ice and snow have forced local food pantries and related services to handle tough travel conditions, increased demand and an ever-changing schedule of volunteers and calls for service this winter.

New York Times: Food habits getting worse around the world
Link - People in some poor and middle-income countries have healthier diets than those in rich ones, but major Western snack and soft drink makers are targeting children in ways that will damage their health, according to a new series of studies on obesity.

National Public Radio: Freight Farms — How Boston gets local greens, even when buried in snow
Link - The United States imports more than $100 billion of food every year from farms across the globe, often in the big metal shipping containers you see on cargo ships. Now, entrepreneurs are using those shipping containers to grow local produce.

Hagstorm Report: Corker, Coons reintroduce bill to change food aid
Link - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., have reintroduced their bill to make changes to the food aid program.


Agri-Pulse: Froman asks county officials to back Obama trade policies
Link - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today called on county government officials from across the country to support President Obama's request for trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Wall Street Journal: Top Senate, House lawmakers nearing deal on Trade Promotion Authority
Link - House and Senate negotiators are converging on a deal to ease the passage of trade agreements, a key step in putting the divisive issue before the full Congress as the White House pursues a sweeping trade pact in Asia.

Financial Times: Shinzo Abe loses ally in TPP trade deal
Link - Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has lost an important ally on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal after his agriculture minster resigned in a scandal over political donations.

Wall Street Journal: West Coast ports face several months’ backlog
Link - West Coast ports are finally working at full speed again—for the most part— but it will likely take months for the backlog to clear, port officials and logistics experts said.

CTV News: More countries restrict Canadian beef due to mad cow, says CFIA
Link - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency website says Peru, Belarus and Taiwan have imposed temporary restrictions on beef imports.

USDA Economic Research Service: China’s Growing Demand for Agricultural Imports
Link - This report examines China’s recent emergence as a major agricultural importer and its implications for global markets.


Agri-Pulse: Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up period extended
Link - USDA is planning to give farmers and ranchers an extra two weeks - until March 13 - to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

The Guardian: Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry
Link - A prominent academic and climate change denier’s work was funded almost entirely by the energy industry, receiving more than $1.2m from companies, lobby groups and oil billionaires over more than a decade, newly released documents show.

Baltimore Sun: Hogan proposes curbs on farm pollution
Link - A month after blocking hotly disputed environmental regulations drawn up by his predecessor, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he is putting out his own rules to curb Chesapeake Bay pollution from farms — including an immediate ban on spreading poultry manure on some Eastern Shore fields where the water-quality threat is greatest.

Al Jazeera America: The failure of US farm policy? It's in the snirt
Link - (Opinion) Visible in wintry rural ditches, snirt embodies the twin problems of soil erosion and water pollution.


Agri-Pulse: Justice Department asks for stay of immigration order
Link - The Justice Department is requesting an emergency stay of a judge's ruling that halted President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Washington Post: Republicans split on DHS funding, edging closer to partial agency shutdown
Link - Congressional Republicans remained sharply divided Monday over how to fund the Department of Homeland Security, prompting White House officials to begin preparations for a potential shutdown of the agency this weekend.


Agri-Pulse: Former Deputy Ag Secretary Merrigan joins AGree as co-chair
Link - Kathleen Merrigan, a former deputy secretary of agriculture, is joining Agree as one of four co-chairs. Merrigan, currently the executive director of sustainability at the George Washington University, will replace Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, who is stepping down after four years.

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