Glyphosate has a 40 year history of safe and effective use. Daily Harvest News Service
Daily Harvest -- 3/5/2014
Here's your daily summary of top news from and other national and regional headlines from across the country. Do you know of someone who should also be on our list? Please ask them to click here.


Agri-Pulse: Obama releases $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget plan
Link - President Obama released a $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget today to fund government departments, including USDA and EPA.

Agri-Pulse: Wyden announces Senate Finance Committee staff
Link - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced his leadership team for the committee.

Agri-Pulse: USDA budget calls for FSA office consolidation
Link - (Audio) The president’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget for USDA is about eight percent less than 2014. Funding for mandatory programs is estimated at $123 billion and discretionary funding is at $23 billion. Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA is becoming more efficient in areas such as the Farm Service Agency.

Agri-Pulse: Study: Better livestock diet boost profits, addresses climate change
Link - Livestock producers can boost profitability and address climate change by mixing systems to include higher quality feed and grass, rather than a pure grass-based system alone, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Agri-Pulse: House Committee reviews Smith-Lever Act
Link - A House Agriculture subcommittee on Tuesday held a hearing to review the Smith-Lever Act, the legislation that established agriculture's Cooperative Extension System in 1914, 100 years ago in May.

Wall Street Journal: 2015 Budget: Obama Proposal Would Trim Crop Insurance Assistance
Link - President Barack Obama Tuesday in his fiscal year 2015 budget proposed trimming federal crop insurance assistance, the linchpin of government agricultural support under the farm bill passed by Congress last month.

Wall Street Journal: 2015 Budget: Trimming EPA Funding
Link - The Obama administration proposed a bit smaller budget for the Environmental Protection Agency, taking most of the reduction from programs to help states pay for clean-water projects including drinking water and sewage treatment.

USA Today: Cornyn, Davis survive Texas primary tests
Link - Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn turned back a more conservative challenger for renomination in a primary election Tuesday, and Democrat Wendy Davis became the first female gubernatorial nominee in the state since former Gov. Ann Richards almost a quarter century ago.

The Dallas Morning News: Texas agriculture commissioner race moves to runoffs in GOP and Dem primaries
Link - Both Republican and Democratic primaries for agriculture commissioner will be decided in runoffs.


Time: Beef: It’s What’s No Longer Affordable for Dinner
Link - Regardless of the fact that rising beef prices make sense and shouldn’t really come as a surprise, shoppers and restaurant owners are being smacked with sticker shock lately when attempting to round up brisket, steaks, chuck, ground beef, and pretty much every other part of the cow.


Agri-Pulse: Can we have TPP without TPA?
Link - (Subscriber only) U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman seems convinced that Congress will eventually approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), commonly known as “fast track,” later this year - paving the way for lawmakers to provide an up or down vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade agreements.

The Hill: Trade office gets budget boost for next year; trade agenda is released
Link - The U.S. Trade Representative would get a nearly 7 percent boost in fiscal 2015 to about $56.2 million up from $52.6 million this year, according to President Obama’s latest budget request, which hit Capitol Hill.

Bloomberg: Grain Boom Busting Canada Farmers on Clogged Rails
Link - Canada’s grain-supply boom is turning into a bust for farmers as record harvests and railroad logjams make sales almost impossible.

Wall Street Journal: Brazil Drought Jolts Commodities' Prices
Link - (Subscriber only) Brazil's worst drought in decades is decimating crops but breathing new life into battered commodity markets. It hardly has rained in some of the South American country's top farming regions since the start of the year, a period when precipitation is usually the heaviest.

Bloomberg: Ukraine Ports, Shipping Run Normally Amid Russian Tension
Link - Ukraine’s ports and shipping operations mostly continued as normal even as Russia’s military controls the country’s Crimean peninsula.


The Detroit News: House OKs bill protecting half of Sleeping Bear Dunes as wilderness
Link - The U.S. House on Tuesday passed legislation to designate nearly half of Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as federally protected wilderness, the highest level of conservation provided to federal public lands.

Wall Street Journal: In California, Drought Plays Out Unexpectedly
Link - (Subscriber only) As the Golden State suffers through a three-year drought, residents of semiarid Southern California are mostly being asked to voluntarily conserve water. In typically wetter Northern California, residents are faced with mandatory rationing.

Reuters: Slow U.S. winter thaw needed to avoid more wheat damage: USDA
Link - A gradual end to the U.S. big freeze is needed to prevent further damage to the country's wheat crop, the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Tuesday.

Reuters: Slow U.S. winter thaw needed to avoid more wheat damage: USDA
Link - A gradual end to the U.S. big freeze is needed to prevent further damage to the country's wheat crop, the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Tuesday.


Politico: Nancy Pelosi: Discharge decision coming soon
Link - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that House Democrats will make a decision “in the next few days” about whether to launch a procedural tactic to pressure Republicans to move on immigration reform this year.


Reuters: Yosemite bears turn health nuts with junk food off menu
Link - Bears in Yosemite National Park in California have adopted the wildlife version of a health food diet after increased safety measures largely blocked them from scavenging for food in campgrounds over the last 15 years, a study showed on Tuesday.

© Agri-Pulse Communications 2016. All rights reserved.
Subscription questions or "Opt Out" from these Daily Harvest emails ? (573) 873-0800 or email Us:
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus