Daily Harvest -- 3/31/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers eyeing USDA, EPA budget requests
- The House is keeping up its aggressive schedule this week through a series of hearings to debate the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget request for governmental agencies, including USDA and EPA.
Agri-Pulse: Bob Dinneen, President Renewable Fuels Association
- (Audio) In this week's Open Mic, broadcaster Cindy Zimmerman asks Bob Dinneen, the president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, to offer his prognosis on what the EPA will do on the RFS and whether there are other avenues to expand biofuel consumption.
Agri-Pulse: Administration rolls out proposals to reduce methane emissions
- The administration today announced steps to reduce methane emissions that includes plans to lower U.S. dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Agri-Pulse: DC Circuit Court denies AMI's COOL appeal
- The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today denied an appeal filed by the American Meat Institute and a group of trade associations representing livestock producers, feedlot operators, and meat packers seeking to block implementation of USDA's country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Global food security
- Marshall Matz: It is very troubling that according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) there are still 842 million people, or one in eight, who are suffering from chronic hunger or food insecurity.
Agri-Pulse: USDA report shows smaller inventory and less pigs per litter
- (Audio) The highly anticipated Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from USDA out Friday showed a significant drop in inventory. On March 1, inventory was down three percent from a year ago, which is the lowest number since 2007.
Los Angeles Times: Obama administration targets methane emissions
- The methane strategy lays the groundwork for greenhouse gas regulations that could affect agriculture and the oil, gas and coal industries.
New York Times: Antibiotic Use, and Abuse, on the Farms
- This editorial piece says the Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to get the voluntary cooperation of drug companies to curb the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed is off to a rousing good start.
Associated Press: Groups Push for More Humane Slaughter of Chickens
- Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve humane treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.
Wall Street Journal: Feed Is Suspect in Spread of Deadly Pig Virus
- Scientists and regulators investigating the mysterious spread of a deadly virus plaguing the U.S. pork industry are stepping up their scrutiny of what the nation's hog herd eats.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Los Angeles Times: Proposal reignites debate over labeling genetically modified foods
- By a 5-2 vote last week, the Health Committee approved Senate Bill 1381, by Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), which would require labeling of genetically engineered bulk and packaged foods beginning in 2016.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Los Angeles Times: China looks abroad for greener pastures
- With 1.3 billion people to feed in a nation grappling with tainted food and polluted land, Chinese companies are investing in farmland overseas.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come
- Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience
- California is home to an estimated 2.5 million illegal immigrants, more than in any other state. Perhaps nowhere else captures the contradictions and complications of immigration policy better than California’s Central Valley.
Wall Street Journal: Immigration Reform Is a Moral Imperative
- (Subscriber only) The of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention write a joint editorial saying that Republicans in the House of Representatives—sensing the political winds at their backs heading into the midterm election and distrustful of President Obama's willingness to enforce the law—have opted to do nothing about immigration.
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