Daily Harvest -- 3/12/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House approves bill to exempt some farmers from SPCC rule
- The House approved today, by voice vote, legislation (H.R. 311) that aims to ensure that the EPA's spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) regulations adequately recognize the low risk of spills on U.S. farms and ranches.
Agri-Pulse: Kick off Ag Day with Agri-Pulse and USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden
- Please join Agri-Pulse on Monday, March 24 for our Farm to Fork Politics discussion, where United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will join Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant to discuss farm bill implementation and the 2014 agricultural outlook.
Washington Post: California’s egg law faces an uphill legal fight — unless Congress steps in
- California is positioning itself as a national leader on animal rights — if, that is, its move to give hens more cage room survives a legal attack from other states. Unfortunately, California’s legal case isn’t as strong as its moral one.
Reuters: Agriculture companies launch effort to standardize, secure farm data
- Purdue University researchers and a group of agricultural companies on Tuesday announced an open source project to standardize farm data formats and improve communication between farm equipment and farm management tools made by different companies.
Nature: Storm brewing over WHO sugar proposal
- Scientists are gearing up for a battle with the food industry after the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to halve its recommendation on sugar intake.
San Francisco Chronicle: Conn. animal advocates seek to ban farm practice
- Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent a farmer from knowingly tethering or confining a gestating sow in an enclosure known as an immobilizing gestation crate.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Politico: Food fight starting early over school lunch rules
- Keeping intact a 2010 rewrite of a law that dictates what kids eat in school — from the number of carrots to the amount of salt in their shepherd’s pie — could be a major challenge as some in Congress are already angling for a rollback.
San Francisco Chronicle: Schumer: School yogurt program expanding
- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal program adding Greek yogurt to school lunches is expanding from New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona to eight more states.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Senators press Froman, Vilsack on issue of common food names in EU
- More than 50 senators recently wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the government to push back against efforts to restrict how U.S. companies market cheese and other foods.
Agri-Pulse: Global farm subsidies decline, but still high, Worldwatch says
- The top 21 food producing countries in the world were supported by an estimated $486 billion in agriculture subsidies in 2012, according to a new report.
Agri-Pulse: Study: Narrowing crop diversity poses threat to global food security
- A new study of global food supplies documents for the first time what its authors say has been long suspected: over the last five decades: human diets around the world have grown ever more similar ‑ by a global average of 36 percent ‑ and the trend shows no signs of slowing.
Agri-Pulse: How unrest in Ukraine is impacting agriculture
- (Audio) The unrest in Ukraine is causing some uncertainty in the agriculture sector there as spring planting approaches, according to Morgan Williams, President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council.
Wall Street Journal: Japan, U.S. Work to Bridge Gaps on Exports
- Japan and the U.S. conducted a new round of trade talks in Washington on Tuesday aimed at overcoming a decades-old snag over the limited access U.S. farmers and Detroit auto makers have to the Japanese market.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
San Francisco Chronicle: California's drought-prone pattern forcing farmers to adapt
- As California gets drier and hotter, no one is more vulnerable than farmers. And no one is likely to have to do more to adapt to what many experts fear will be a more drought-prone environment.
Financial Times: El Niño warning puts farmers and commodities investors on alert
- (Subscriber only) Commodities investors and farmers are on alert after the third official warning in a week of an El Niño weather phenomenon emerging that could affect food and energy markets already reeling from extreme weather in many parts of the world.
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