Daily Harvest -- 3/18/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers ask Vilsack to withdraw proposed rule on poultry inspection
- A group of 68 House lawmakers urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Monday to withdraw a proposed rule that would create a new inspection system for young chicken and turkey slaughter establishments.
Agri-Pulse: House Ag Committee member Collin Peterson to run for reelection
- House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., announced this morning that he will run for reelection in the state's 7th Congressional District.
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.
USA Today: Wal-Mart pushes plan to reduce fertilizer
- Retail giant Wal-Mart could hold a key to reducing water pollution while making agriculture production more efficient in a program that conservationists and agricultural groups are touting as a "win-win."
Wall Street Journal: Food Prices Surge as Drought Exacts a High Toll on Crops
- (Subscriber only) Surging prices for food staples from coffee to meat to vegetables are driving up the cost of groceries in the U.S., pinching consumers and companies that are still grappling with a sluggish economic recovery.
Washington Times: Malloy raps Boehner over food stamp criticism
- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck back Monday against U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, saying it was reprehensible to accuse Connecticut and other states of cheating the federal food stamp program by approving nominal increases in home heating assistance.
Wall Street Journal: CFTC's Bart Chilton to Step Down
- Bart Chilton, an outspoken member on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said he would step down Friday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Reuters: A plunge in U.S. preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say
- If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that's because it probably was, researchers say.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: Lack of funds may cut Ukraine 2014 grain harvest by 11 mln T –analyst
- Ukraine, gripped by political turmoil for more than three months, could lose about 11 million tonnes of grain in the 2014 harvest due to a sharp decrease in sowing area caused by a shortage of funds, analyst UCAB said on Monday.
Wall Street Journal: France Has a Formula for China's Baby-Milk Needs
- (Subscriber only) Mayor Christian Troadec is trying a new formula to revive his sleepy town in central Brittany: quenching Chinese thirst for baby milk.
Wall Street Journal: China's Threat to American Farm Exports
- (Subscriber only) China bears no animus toward genetic engineering. Its farmers grow a larger number of genetically engineered plants—cotton, papaya, poplar, tomato and sweet pepper—than any other nation except the U.S.
Bloomberg: Milk Costs Most Ever on Surging Demand for U.S. Dairy Exports
- Milk futures in Chicago jumped to an all-time high as surging U.S. dairy exports depleted supplies available for domestic consumers.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Crop Yields Seen Damaged by Climate Change Earlier Than Thought
- Corn, wheat and rice yields will start to suffer from climate change in 2030, according to a study led by the U.K.’s University of Leeds based on climate models and research on crop productivity.
Agri-Pulse: Borlaug statue coming to the Capitol on Ag Day
- (Audio) National Agriculture Day celebrations in DC this year happen to fall on March 25, the centennial anniversary date of the father of the Green Revolution. The state of Iowa will install a bronze sate of Dr. Normal Borlaug in the US Capitol on that day.
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