Daily Harvest -- 3/20/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Obama administration partners with private sector for climate data release
- The Obama administration yesterday launched its Climate Data Initiative, another weapon in the government's larger effort to combat and understand climate change.
Agri-Pulse: Dairy Farmers of America reports 6% jump in sales
- Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) reported net income of $61.3 million for 2013 with net sales totaling $12.1 billion, up 6 percent from 2012, citing “strong operating results” from its wholly owned commercial investments and increased earnings from affiliates.
Agri-Pulse: Study sees shortage of agriculture scientists
- Too few scientists are being trained in agriculture areas of science, according to a study released by the Coalition for a Sustainable Agriculture Workforce (CSAW).
Des Moines Register: Poll finds consumer’s top 10 questions on genetically modified crops
- A national survey conducted for the biotechnology industry found the most popular question the public has about genetically modified crops is whether they cause cancer.
Fox News: Visitors can see big agriculture on Indiana tour
- The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food that most Americans eat, however, remain largely off-limits. An exception is in northern Indiana where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.
Grist: Has modern agriculture cleaned up its dirty runoff act?
- Farmland has leveled out at about 75 percent. But erosion has gone down, notes this Grist blogger after visiting Chris Jones, an environmental scientist at the Iowa Soybean Association. There’s been less topsoil washing down the Raccoon River in the last two decades than at any other time.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Australia Says Japan Trade Pact Is Near
- (Subscriber only) Australia is nearing a free-trade deal with Japan, Australian trade minister Andrew Robb said, adding that it could lessen Tokyo’s resistance to a U.S.-led effort to lower tariff barriers across the Asian-Pacific region.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Dry Weather Pushes Up Wheat
- (Subscriber only) Wheat futures jumped to the highest price in more than 10 months amid concerns that dry weather will curtail production of the grain in the U.S. southern Great Plains.
NBC News: West Texas Hit With 1,000-Foot-High Dust Storm
- A massive wall of dust known as a haboob rose up to 1,000 feet high and 200 miles wide as it roared across West Texas and New Mexico Tuesday.
Associated Press: Fresno hosts congressional drought hearing
- A congressional committee met in Fresno on Wednesday, taking up California's drought crisis in the heart of the state's agricultural region.
San Francisco Chronicle: Drought: Families leave farms, schools lose kids
- In parts of California, a lack of rain has dried up jobs — farm jobs in particular — and many families have opted to move elsewhere, often pulling their kids from school.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Farmers present case for immigration reform
- (Audio) Four farmers took part in a panel at the National Press Club this week to present their case for immigration reform in conjunction with the release of a report that shows how labor shortages are increasing America’s reliance on imported fresh produce.
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