Daily Harvest -- 2/25/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA official expects no sugar program costs in 2014, TPP by year-end
- (Subscriber only) A top USDA official says he expects to avoid the “perfect storm” that resulted in the first sugar forfeitures in a decade and a net of $260 million in costs to taxpayers last year.
Agri-Pulse: Long-serving Dingell announces retirement from House
- Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member in the history of the Congress, announced today that he will retire at the end of his current 29th term.
Roll Call: Steve King: Too Liberal for Club for Growth?
- Club for Growth — and Heritage Action for America, which has their own scorecard — hated the farm bill, and a healthy number of votes were related to the legislation.
Los Angeles Times: Bill aims to weed out fraudulent farmers market vendors
- California farmers markets want to get tough with interlopers who don't sell what they grow. They're backing a bill to crack down on vendors who falsely claim to offer pesticide-free or locally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Kansas City Star: Utah lawmakers to consider limits on drones
- Utah lawmakers are sending mixed signals this year with pushes to attract the unmanned aerial-systems industry to the state while also working to protect privacy as more police agencies use drones.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Nearly one-third of U.S. food got dumped in 2010, USDA says
- The United States wasted about 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of its food supply in 2010 with a value of about $161.1 billion, according to a report released Monday by USDA's Economic Research Service.
Associated Press: Rules to Limit Marketing Unhealthy Food in Schools
- Moving beyond the lunch line, new rules that will be proposed Tuesday by the White House and the Agriculture Department would limit marketing of unhealthy foods in schools.
Politico: Nutrition labels set for major overhaul
- Big changes coming to the iconic Nutrition Facts panel are to be rolled out Thursday, sources say, when First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to make an announcement in the East Room at the White House “regarding proposals to help parents and other consumers make healthier choices.”
Los Angeles Times: 'Got Milk?' slogan nixed for campaign touting milk's protein content
- The Milk Processor Education Program, funded by milk processors, has launched a new ad campaign that aims to emphasize milk's protein content to get Americans to drink more milk.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Chinese Investors Add Soymeal, Eggs to Portfolios
- Chinese speculators are rushing to bet on the country's rapidly growing menu of agricultural commodity futures such as soymeal and even eggs, as interest in hard commodities wanes.
Wall Street Journal: Dry Weather in Brazil Boosts Sugar, Coffee Prices
- Sugar and coffee prices rose to multi-month highs on Monday as a drought in Brazil fueled concerns about smaller crops from the world's biggest exporter of these commodities.
Bloomberg: Almond Drought Boosting India Sweets to Australian Farms
- The drought is boosting prospects for Australian grower Select Harvests Ltd., whose shares tripled in the past year, and prompted buyers including Hain Celestial Group Inc., a U.S. maker of Almond Dream milk and natural and organic snacks, to pledge price increases for consumers.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Supporters of Hawaii pesticide law challenge agriculture companies in court
- The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed papers in federal district court in Honolulu to defend the County of Kaua‘i's 2013 pesticide disclosure law.
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