Daily Harvest -- 4/2/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House advances legislation to improve severe weather forecasting
- The House approved by voice vote Tuesday legislation (H.R. 2413) that aims to improve the nation's severe weather forecasting abilities.
Agri-Pulse: EPA Administrator questioned about Clean Water Act expansion
- (Audio) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss her budget, but it quickly became a forum for lawmakers to challenge the EPA’s Clean Water Act proposal. Washington Post: Paul Ryan’s final budget plan would slash $5 trillion in next decade
Washington Post: Paul Ryan’s final budget plan would slash $5 trillion in next decade
- House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced a budget proposal Tuesday that would cut more than $5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade, primarily by effectively repealing President Obama’s signature health-care law and greatly reducing funding for social programs.
The Hill: Pompeo reportedly to push voluntary GMO labeling bill
- Rep. Mike Pompeo is poised to introduce business-backed legislation establishing a voluntary labeling system for food made with genetically modified organisms (GMO), according to an industry source with knowledge of the plan.
Times Online: Rural residents confront higher health care costs
- Health care has always been more expensive in far-flung communities, where actuarial insurance data show fewer doctors, specialists and hospitals, as well as older residents in need of more health care services. But the rural-urban cost divide has been exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act.
US News and World Report: Agriculture Education Blooms in Urban, Rural High Schools
- No longer just about cows and plows, the modern agriculture industry encompasses subsectors such as urban forestry and agricultural biotechnology, which includes the genetic engineering of crops. As the industry has grown, so has the interest in teaching teens more about it.
Wall Street Journal: Corn Futures Jump Again
- (Subscriber only) Corn futures jumped to a fresh seven-month high as a U.S. government forecast for lower planting this spring continued to reverberate through the market.
The Hill: Senate panel schedules action on tax breaks bill
- The Senate Finance Committee will consider a package extending a grab bag of expired tax provisions on Thursday, the panel said Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal: Farm Belt Pest Gnaws at Syngenta
- (Subscriber only) The western corn rootworm, a Farm Belt scourge, is gaining further ground against genetically modified crops designed to kill it, marking a setback for biotech seed makers.
Wall Street Journal: Monsanto Investors Hunger for More
- (Subscriber only) This is the big one for Monsanto Co.: The agribusiness firm on Wednesday should report not only what is typically its most profitable quarter of the year but, if analysts are right, its best ever.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Brazil Farms Seen by Oil World Sowing Second Soy Crop on Prices
- Farmers in Brazil and Paraguay are planting a second crop of soybeans this year after prices rose relative to corn, signaling oilseed supplies will remain ample and the market may soon turn bearish, Oil World said.
Bloomberg: China Milk Thirst Hands U.S. Dairies Record 2014 Profits
- In a year when most American farmers can expect lower earnings than in 2013, U.S. milk producers are having a windfall.
Reuters: Trading bosses see little risk to Russian energy, grains supply
- Some of the world's biggest oil and grains traders see little risk of any disruption to supplies from Russia, they said on Tuesday, despite the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: California water managers ease delta pumping limits
- Fishery agencies are under increasing political pressure to take advantage of late winter storms and ramp up pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Wall Street Journal: California Drought Persists, Snowpack Shows
- (Subscriber only) Recent wet weather has failed to break California's worst drought in decades, according to measurements showing the state's snowpack stands at about one-third of its normal average.
Kansas City Star: Robots in the vineyards? One inventor hopes so
- A shear-wielding contraption billed as the world's first robotic vineyard pruner put on a show to a rapt audience of winemakers and vineyard managers Monday in the hills above Carlton.
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