Daily Harvest -- 3/24/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Celebrate National Ag Day and Agri-Pulse turning 10
- To start the celebration, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant will hold a discussion today on “Farm to Fork Politics” to talk about implementation of the farm bill and the 2014 agricultural outlook.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Food security and the agricultural disconnect: An Ag Day challenge
- David Morgan, President, Syngeta Seeds, Inc: While many share the belief that producing more food for a growing global population will be a critical challenge in the next decade, views on agriculture and food production are conflicting and have important consequences for food security.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Scott Fritz, Chair World Soy Foundation
- (Audio) Indiana farmer Scott Fritz has served in many capacities within the U.S. soybean Industry but says his current role is the most satisfying because the Soy Foundation is feeding hungry children in many developing nations and showing the way to greater food independence.
Agri-Pulse: Members of Congress urge extension of wind tax credits
- (Audio) A bipartisan letter signed by 118 members of the House was sent to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, last week urging extensions of the wind energy production tax credit and investment tax credit. The letter was spearheaded by the Iowa delegation.
Agri-Pulse: Big Data: Chewing on the tough questions
- Bruce Knight, Principal of Strategic Conservation Solutions: Big data has become a big topic among commodity growers, and there are lots of questions, but no easy answers.
Global Post: Federal government wants power to fine meat plants for food safety problems
- The federal government is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat-processing plants that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health.
Des Moines Register: Borlaug: GMO PR falls short
- After decades of work and a legacy that endures after his death, there is growing concern that opponents of genetically modified crops and big agribusinesses may be succeeding in rolling back progress made by Norman Borlaug.
Des Moines Register: Iowa's Norman Borlaug to be honored in Washington, D.C.
- After nearly five years of holdups, twists and turns, a statue of the plant scientist will be unveiled this week at the U.S. Capitol
New York Times: The Push to Label Genetically Modified Products
- Most farmers oppose G.M.O. labeling because it brings unnecessary attention to the product, which could slow sales, said Gene Hall, a spokesman for the Texas Farm Bureau, which represents agricultural producers across Texas, including large agribusinesses.
Associated Press: Calving Season Brings Hope to Western SD Ranchers
- Cattle ranchers discovered tens of thousands of dead animals in their fields last fall after an unexpected blizzard slammed western North and South Dakota, a devastating loss for their livelihood, but they're finding renewed hope as spring calving season contributes to their herds' recovery.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: What Fuels March Madness
- The men's and women's basketball teams guzzle five gallons of chocolate milk every week, said Michigan men's basketball strength coach Jon Sanderson, who keeps a stainless-steel dispenser of chocolate milk in the weight room.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: China Feb corn imports from U.S. down, but up from Ukraine
- China's corn imports from the United States, the world's top exporter, decreased sharply in February, hurt by Beijing's rejection of an unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) strain, but imports from Ukraine surged, official customs data showed on Friday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: California drought puts spotlight on water theft
- It’s amazingly easy to steal water from a California stream. Even in this epic drought, the state has no way of monitoring exactly who is tapping into its freshwater supplies and how much they take. And those who do get caught taking water they have no right to often are allowed to keep taking it for years just by promising to obtain a permit.
Los Angeles Times: Drying up the delta: 19th century policies underlie today's crises
- Because they got there first, irrigation districts most Californians have never heard of have dibs on vast amounts of water upstream from the delta— even in times of drought.
New York Times: As Listener and Saleswoman, E.P.A. Chief Takes to the Road for Climate Rules
- Ms. McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, faced 20 coal miners, union workers and local politicians deeply suspicious of the new climate change regulations she had come to pitch. The Obama administration hopes the regulations will help save the planet, but the North Dakotans say the rules will put coal and their livelihoods at risk.
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