Daily Harvest -- 3/26/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington unites to honor Borlaug on National Ag Day
- In an unusual display of camaraderie, Democrats, Republicans and government officials joined together yesterday to honor the legacy of Norman Borlaug, known as the “father of the Green Revolution,” during the annual celebration of National Ag Day.
Agri-Pulse: EPA releases proposed rule clarifying Waters of the U.S.
- (Subscriber only) The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers today released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The rule would cover most seasonal and rain-dependent streams, while preserving CWA exemptions and exclusions for agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: National Ag Day: A chance to celebrate those who produce our food, protect our health
- Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, American Veterinary Medication Association President and CEO: the AVMA salutes our nation's farmers and ranchers for the invaluable service they provide so that Americans have access to the highest quality, abundant and most affordable food products available. At the same time, we'd also like to call attention to the important role that veterinarians play in supporting U.S. agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: USDA Value-Added Producer Grants deadline extended
- USDA's Rural Development agency announced a two week extension for grant applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program. The extension, published in today's Federal Register, was made necessary by changes to the program included in the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law. The new grant deadline is April 8.
Agri-Pulse: Bipartisan accolades for Norman Borlaug
- (Audio) The leadership of both parties in the House and Senate came together on National Ag Day to honor the father of the Green Revolution. A statue of Iowa scientist and farmer Dr. Norman Borlaug was installed in the Congressional Statuary Hall, one of only 100 to receive that honor.
Agri-Pulse: Researcher cites progress in search for drought-resistant soybeans
- A USDA plant scientist told a group of House staffers in Washington this week that his research team is making slow but steady progress on its search for drought resistant soybean varieties.
Wall Street Journal: EPA, Army Corps Propose New Rules Limiting Discharges
- (Subscriber only) The Obama administration Tuesday proposed new rules aimed at putting more small bodies of water and wetlands under Clean Water Act protections, a move criticized by business groups, Republicans and a few Democrats.
Wall Street Journal: California Flies the Constitutional Coop
- (Subscriber only) Six states—Missouri, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Nebraska—sued California in federal court last month. If they are successful, the U.S. Constitution will be vindicated, and Californians may be spared having to pay through the nose for an omelet.
DTN: Informa: Record Soy Planting
- Farmers will plant 6% more soybean acres this spring while corn acreage will drop 2.4%, according to forecasts released Tuesday by Informa Economics.
The Hill: Biofuel groups push for renewal of tax credits
- A coalition of biofuel advocacy organizations sent a letter Monday to the top tax lawmakers in the Senate urging them to renew expired tax credits that helped their industry.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Examiner: Genetically modified foods are as safe as conventional ones
- Gregory Conko, executive director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute: The primary thing that makes genetic engineering unique is the power and precision it gives us to make those changes and then test for safety afterward. It has also given us food that is both safer for our families and better for the environment.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Financial Times: Fonterra profits sour as Mengiu’s jump
- (Subscriber only) The diverging fortunes of Asia Pacific’s dairy groups came into the spotlight on Wednesday when New Zealand’s Fonterra reported a halving in first-half profits, while China Mengniu Dairy said 2013 profit jumped by a quarter year-on-year.
Reuters: Syngenta says prices influenced China rejection of GMO U.S. corn
- Syngenta AG said on Tuesday that grain prices have played a role in China's rejection of U.S. corn shipments containing an unauthorized, genetically modified trait developed by the company.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
NPR: In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge
- Ask most Midwestern and Rocky Mountain ranchers about the weeds they pull their hair out over and be prepared for . There's cheat grass in Nebraska, red brome in Utah and yellow star thistle in California.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
National Journal: What the White House Does on Deportations Means a Lot for the Future of Immigration Reform
- The Obama administration has a major decision to make regarding its approach to deportations. And whatever it does after a new Homeland Security Department review will signal the political prospects of a complete immigration overhaul.
AgWired: Agri-Pulse Kicks Off National Agriculture Week
- The National Agriculture Day celebration in Washington DC has events spread across three days. There are now over 150 photos of the event online.
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