Daily Harvest -- 3/14/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Gates meet with senators to discuss agricultural research
- Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates met with at least three senators Wednesday to stress the need for increased investment in agricultural research.
Agri-Pulse: House approves bill dealing with water rights
- The House approved legislation (H.R. 3189) today, on a mostly party-line vote of 238-174, which would prevent federal agencies from requiring privately held water rights to be turned over to the federal government.
Agri-Pulse: Crop Protection Industry Urges Stronger Regulatory Framework Between U.S. and EU
- CropLife America (CLA) and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) called for a more harmonized risk assessment framework for pesticide regulations during the fourth round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Brussels.
Agri-Pulse: House Agriculture Committee approves budget views and estimates letter
- The House Agriculture Committee adopted today, by voice vote, its budget views and estimates letter, which outlines the committee's budget and policy recommendations for the agencies and programs under its jurisdiction for fiscal year 2015.
Agri-Pulse: Senators seek disaster aid for pork producers hurt by deadly pig virus
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D.-Mich., and Sen. Kay Hagan, D.-N.C., are urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to approve disaster assistance for small pork producers affected by deadly virus that is hitting pig farms across the country.
Agri-Pulse: Grain prices and farm income drop sharply in 2014, FAPRI finds
- Larger global crop harvests in 2013 have contributed to a major reversal of fortunes in agricultural markets, causing grain prices and crop producer income to drop sharply and prices for cattle to reach record levels, noted the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) its baseline report today.
Agri-Pulse: Tolman to retire as NCGA CEO
- National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) CEO Rick Tolman announced to the NCGA Corn Board earlier this week that he will retire at the end of September.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Freshman: Congressman John Garamendi, Califoinia's 3rd District
- Agri-Pulse continues its Meet the Freshman series with Agri-Pulse Associate Editor Aarian Marshall's interview with Freshman Congressman John Garamendi, Califoinia's 3rd District.
Politico: Report provides new look at farm expenditures
- Falling commodity prices and a new farm bill are adding up to a wild ride for those charged with predicting government expenditures for agriculture over the next five years.
Wall Street Journal: Farm Group and Companies Set Talks on Agricultural Data and Security Practices
- A U.S. farming trade group plans to meet with agricultural companies next month to outline ways to unify data and security practices for new farm technologies that have stoked privacy concerns among growers.
USA Today: Monsanto in dispute with veggie farmers over herbicide
- A group of Midwest vegetable farmers has failed to convince Monsanto to reformulate an herbicide that could become widely used. They say the herbicide can 'drift' and damage vegetable crops.
Los Angeles Times: Center for Food Safety sues USDA over genetically modified alfalfa
- A food safety group filed a lawsuit in hopes of forcing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to release documents in court that could explain why the federal agency approved genetically engineered alfalfa despite its misgivings about environmental safety.
Bloomberg: Boehner Seeks to Keep States From Avoiding Food-Stamp Cut
- House Republicans should act to block states from avoiding $8.6 billion in food-stamp cuts lawmakers enacted last month, House Speaker John Boehner said.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Grassley, agriculture groups rail against Japan tariff demands
- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and several agricultural groups reiterated their opposition today to Japanese tariff demands as part of the negotiations over a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
Agri-Pulse: Incidents of low-level GMO crops in traded food and feed rising: FAO
- The increased production of genetically modified crops around the world has led to a higher number of incidents of low levels of GMOs being detected in traded food and feed, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Wall Street Journal: Surge in Rail Shipments of Oil Sidetracks Other Industries
- (Subscriber only) A major snarl in railroad traffic is ricocheting through the supply chains of businesses across the U.S., causing delays and losses for shippers of goods ranging from coal to sugar.
The Hill: US, Japan remain at impasse over market access issues
- Trade talks between the United States and Japan remained at an impasse after more high-level discussions this week.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Renee Ellmers: Laura Ingraham’s ‘ignorant’ stand
- Rep. Renee Ellmers got into a heated argument with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham about immigration reform Thursday, with the Republican lawmaker saying Ingraham was taking an “ignorant position” and Ingraham accusing Ellmers of borrowing liberal talking points.
Washington Post: GOP outreach to Latinos overshadowed by conservative opposition to immigration reform
- Sixteen months after losing the White House and realizing that it must reach out to Latinos, the Republican Party is spending $10 million to ramp up Hispanic field operations in key states and flood Spanish-language news media with advertisements opposing the nation’s health-care law.
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