Daily Harvest -- 3/3/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Congress awaits Obama's budget request
- Lawmakers are expected to focus on Tuesday's release of President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request, which could include additional disaster assistance funding for floods, drought, and wildfires.
Agri-Pulse: McCarthy meets with lawmakers in North Dakota to discuss energy issues, RFS
- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy met with three lawmakers today in North Dakota to discuss an array of energy-related issues, including the agency's proposed rule on reducing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the administration's views on the future of coal.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Michael Toscano, CEO AUVSI
- The President and CEO of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), explores the issues farmers will face in operating the first generation of small aircraft that are designed to gather data and transmit it back to a ground base in an era where "Big Data" has become a huge concern.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack plans to grow biofuels with or without RFS
- (Audio) The Renewable Fuels Standard was on the minds of farmers visiting Commodity Classic last week. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told media at the event that he is looking for ways he can help the industry regardless of what EPA does, particularly by beginning to sell U.S. biofuel as an export.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: A New Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research
- Mark Edelman, professor of economics at Iowa State University, and Barry Flinchbaugh, emeritus professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, discuss the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) authorized by the new 2014 Farm Bill.
Agri-Pulse: FEATURE: Iowa Soybean Association President Brian Kemp
- (Video) Agri-Pulse President Sara Wyant discusses data management and farm bill issues with the Iowa Soybean Association President Brian Kemp at the 2014 Commodity Classic Convention.
National Journal: Stabenow Harvests Fresh Clout From Farm-Bill Success
- President Obama's signature on the new farm bill has positioned Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., as the most powerful agricultural policymaker in the United States and one of the most important women in agriculture in the world.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Book review: ‘The Meat Racket’ by Christopher Leonard
- This review of “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business,” says author Christopher Leonard is a harsh critic of the system as it now operates, not so much because of what it might do to our health but because of what he believes it does to farmers.
NPR: Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy
- The movement to eliminate genetically modified crops — GMOs — from food is turning out to be organic's false friend. The non-GMO label has become a cheaper alternative to organic.
Washington Post: States increasing home heating assistance to avoid cuts in food stamps
- Connecticut and New York have found a way around federal budget cuts that played a central role in the massive farm bill passed last month: Bump up home heating assistance a few million bucks in return for preserving more than a half-billion dollars in food stamp benefits.
Politico: Food industry to make its own labeling splash
- The food industry appears poised to one-up the Obama administration with the launch of a national media blitz to promote its own nutrition labels on the front of food packages.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: WTO Panel Seen Ruling on Canada-U.S. Meat Label Dispute in June
- (Subscriber only) Canada should find out in June if it's been successful in a long-running dispute over a contentious U.S. meat-labeling rule. A World Trade Organization panel is expected to issue a confidential interim report to the governments on June 20.
Wall Street Journal: Grain Prices Surge on Ukraine Crisis
- (Subscriber only) The turmoil in Ukraine is reverberating through the world's grain markets as buyers fret over whether the country will keep up its large exports of wheat and corn following Russia's occupation of the Crimean region.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Yellowstone bison could launch new herds without endangering cattle, study says
- Wild bison from Yellowstone National Park that are deemed free of cattle disease could be safely used to establish new herds elsewhere across the American West without posing a risk to livestock, an Agriculture Department study says.
Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown signs drought relief package
- With drought conditions still challenging California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $687 million relief package Saturday, including money for infrastructure improvements, emergency water shortages and aid to farmworkers.
Los Angeles Times: California storms did little to ease drought conditions
- The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions.
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