Daily Harvest -- 4/6/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Jerry Moran
- (Audio) The Kansas Republican expects challenges to new farm programs and crop insurance this year but says the largest threat to U.S. farms and ranches is the regulatory environment in Washington. In this wide-ranging interview, Moran discusses Country of Origin Labeling law, dietary guidelines, trade with Cuba and prospects for passage of Trade Promotion Authority.
ABC News: California Gov. Jerry Brown Defends Farms’ Water Use, Warns Changes May Come
- Days after taking the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water-use reductions throughout his state, California Gov. Jerry Brown defended his executive order’s treatment of the state’s agriculture industry and its use of water in an interview with ABC's "This Week."
KPCC: Californians with century-old water rights face restrictions
- Farms and other Californians that have been shielded from water reductions because of century-old claims could face new restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board said Friday.
Wall Street Journal: Oil-Price Drop Offers Petro-States Chance to Curb Domestic Demand
- The sharp drop in oil prices hasn’t been kind to the world’s petro-states, but it has provided an opening to address one of their most pressing economic problems: runaway domestic energy demand.
USA Today: Are ethanol's days now numbered?
- The world's energy needs are going to require a lot of sources to power the future. Ethanol has been widely used as a fuel additive in the United States, and currently makes up 10% (or in some cases more) of almost all of the gasoline sold nationwide. Considering that more than 130 billion gallons of gasoline are sold annually in the U.S., that's a lot of ethanol.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Des Moines Register: Demand for natural foods is changing iconic products
- Consumer demand for healthier and more natural ingredients is prompting a growing number of corporate giants, including Hershey Co. and McDonald's Corp., to overhaul iconic products they sell, a trend industry watchers say is just getting started.
HNGN: Diabetes and Eggs: Eating Four Eggs a Week Cuts Diabetes Risk by 37 Percent
- A new study suggests that eating four eggs a week can reduce one's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 37 percent.
The Telegraph: Easter eggs could become a luxury as chocolate prices are set to soar
- Cocoa prices are expected to double by 2020 amid growing world demand for chocolate and farmers switching to higher-return crops.
The Hill: Federal report: Vegan diet best for planet
- A federal panel that helps set federal dietary guidelines is recommending Americans eat less meat because it’s better for the environment, sparking outrage from industry groups representing the nation’s purveyors of beef, pork and poultry.
New York Times: Private Eyes in the Grocery Aisles
- Suppliers, manufacturers and markets depend on Mr. Samadpour’s network of labs to test food for inadvertent contamination and deliberate fraud, or to verify if a product is organic or free of genetically modified organisms. Consumers, the last link in the chain, bet their very health on responsible practices along the way.
Washington Post: Missouri Republicans are trying to ban food stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood
- The bill being proposed would ban the purchase with food stamps of "cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak."
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack calls on ag stakeholders to lobby for fast-track trade authority
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners to “personally lobby” Congress to quickly pass fast track negotiating authority for President Obama and to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack talks trade with small business people
- (Audio) Vilsack says the focus is on the Senate to come up with a Trade Promotion Authority bill that speaks to some of the concerns of Senator Ron Wyden and other Democrats.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Western governors file report on sage grouse conservation efforts
- The Western Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Bloomberg: Jerry Brown: California Drought Shows 'Climate Change Is Not a Hoax'
- Two months after members of the U.S. Senate took jabs at one another on the subject of whether man made global warming was actually occurring, California Governor Jerry Brown said that the unprecedented drought and newly enacted water restrictions in his state show that "climate change is not a hoax."
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Troy Record: Dairy eyes robotic technology to reduce farm labor costs
- An area farm’s long-term business plan calls for robotic milking machines, not necessarily because owners like such technology. But with the price they get for milk on the decline, they simply can’t afford rising labor costs that eat into already thin profit margins.
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