Daily Harvest -- 3/17/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senate committee looks at national importance of Keystone project
- Supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project squared off last week during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Celebrating agriculture. A look at Ag Day by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
- Senator Mike Crapo writes about the creation of National Ag Day to celebrate the remarkable work of American farmers who feed our country and the world.
Agri-Pulse: Gates meets 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: A St. Patty's Day nod to 'green' breweries
- Want to really go “green” this St. Patrick's Day? How about celebrating with a brew from a “green” brewery, one of the many across the U.S. and Canada with strong sustainability programs that often include using biodiesel.
Agri-Pulse: Alan Tracy, U.S. Wheat Associates
- (Audio) Tracy directs the organization's global export market development program, attempting to increase wheat consumption and U.S. market and talks about some of the challenges as well as opportunities for opening up more global trade.
Agri-Pulse: Bills that address EPA regulatory reach
- (Audio) Regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of biggest concerns of farmers and ranchers. Congressman Rick Crawford, R-Ark., has two bills that specifically address that.
Agri-Pulse: McAllister joins the House Agriculture Committee
- Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican representing the Fifth District of Louisiana, joined the House Agriculture Committee. McAllister is a small business owner who is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Times Union: Gillibrand to USDA: Keep farm offices open
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep open 250 offices nationwide that help farmers. Ten of those offices are in New York state.
The Roanoke Times: Farm Bill helps new farmers grow roots
- The local foods movement, demand for organically grown crops and lifestyle decisions lure some people into farming these days who don’t know jack about agriculture.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson to announce re-election plans Monday
- U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, one of the nation’s few Democrats representing a Republican leaning district, will announce Monday whether he plans to run for a 13th term.
Des Moines Register: New swine virus sweeps U.S., slashing supplies and raising prices
- Prices for ribs, chops, hams and other pork products in the grocery store are expected to climb as much as 15 percent this summer as supplies are slashed by a new swine virus that’s sweeping the country.
Wall Street Journal: Ethanol Prices Surge as Rail Problems Cut Supply
- A bitterly cold winter and rising crude-oil shipments have caused railroad traffic to back up in the Midwest, where most U.S. ethanol is made, using corn grown in the region. The snarl is preventing the biofuel from reaching the coasts, where refiners mix it with gasoline or it is exported.
FOOD & NUTRITION
WBUR: Mass. Legislature Faces Deadline To Advance GMO Labeling Bill
- Next week is a key deadline for the push to require labels on all genetically modified foods sold in Massachusetts.
Associated Press: Food Pantries on the Rise at US College Campuses
- Nate Smith-Tyge is the director of the Michigan State University Food Bank and co-founder of the College and University Food Bank Alliance, which represents about 50 college food banks across the country. Most of them started in the past four or five years and are run by the colleges or student groups.
National Journal: First Lady Has Food Industry in a Frenzy
- By many accounts, the Obama administration is leading the most aggressive campaign to improve the nation's eating habits in many decades. Many of those changes could result in multibillion-dollar shifts in how the government and consumers spend their money on food.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Stock and Land: Final push for Japan FTA
- The federal government is confident of signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan before the end of the year, following favourable comments from Tokyo over the weekend.
Reuters: France bans Monsanto GM maize ahead of sowing season
- France's agriculture ministry on Saturday banned the sale, use and cultivation of Monsanto's MON 810 genetically modified maize, the only variety currently authorised in the European Union.
Los Angeles Times: China's thirst for milk gives U.S. dairy farms a boost
- American dairy farmers see an opportunity as demand booms in China. In a Nevada town, a new factory will produce milk powder just for export.
Wall Street Journal: China Shows Fresh Signs of Economic Weakness
- China's economy weakened sharply during the first two months of the year, deepening concerns that growth in the world's second-largest economy would decelerate further.
Reuters: South Korea culls over 6 pct of poultry to curb bird flu
- South Korea has culled over 6 percent of poultry in the country to curb a bird flu outbreak that has hit farms and migratory birds nationwide, government officials said on Friday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: West’s Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights
- Across the parched American West, the long drought has set off a series of fierce legal and political battles over who controls an increasingly dear treasure — water.
Los Angeles Times: For Imperial Valley farmers, abundant water amid drought
- While some areas of California face supply cutbacks because of the drought, the Imperial Valley has all the water it can use, thanks to senior rights on the Colorado River established decades ago.
North Dakota State: NDSU & DuPont Pioneer Announce Floor Naming Rights
- North Dakota State University (NDSU) announced today that DuPont Pioneer is making a significant investment to support agriculture and students at the University via the "Building the Competitive Edge" campaign. The investment includes floor naming rights at the new Sanford Health Athletic Complex - Scheels Center.
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