Daily Harvest -- 4/8/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA Administrator McCarthy addresses CWA and RFS concerns
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency's Clean Water Act (CWA) and Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) proposals during the annual meeting of the North American Agricultural Journalists on Monday.
Agri-Pulse: Sign-up begins April 15 for USDA disaster assistance programs
- Farmers and ranchers can sign-up for livestock disaster assistance programs that were reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 farm bill starting April 15, USDA said.
Agri-Pulse: Jennifer Sirangelo, CEO National 4-H Council
- (Audio) After joining the National 4-H Council in 2006, Sirangelo served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as she led development of the council's strategic plan and tripled annual fundraising.
Bloomberg: CFTC’s Dodd-Frank Oversight Curtailed in Bipartisan Legislation
- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission would face limits on its ability to impose rules on derivatives traded overseas and on manufacturers that use swaps to hedge business risks under bipartisan congressional legislation setting the scope of the agency’s powers.
Roll Call: Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse
- Rep. John Conyers Jr. and Michael Shank: If America loses the bees, our country will lose these industries as well, the result of which would be a serious blow to our economic and food security.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Restaurants more likely to cause foodborne illnesses than home cooking, CSPI says
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest says that an analysis of thousands of food poisoning cases over a 10-year period shows that Americans are twice as likely to get sick from food prepared in restaurants than from food prepared in the home.
Washington Post: Are secret, dangerous ingredients in your food?
- Food manufacturers are routinely exploiting a “legal loophole” that allows them to use new chemicals in their products, based on their own safety studies, without ever notifying the Food and Drug Administration, according to a new report by an environmental and consumer advocacy group.
USA Today: Price tag for childhood obesity: $19,000 per kid
- Over a lifetime, the medical costs associated with childhood obesity total about $19,000 per child compared with those for a child of normal weight, a new analysis shows.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Australian Beef, Cheese Favored in Trade Deals With Japan, Korea
- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott sealed trade deals with Japan and South Korea as he seeks to boost exports of everything from beef to canned tomatoes and lower prices on cars and appliances for consumers.
Bloomberg: Pork to Rise in Japan as Deadly Virus Hits Largest Producers
- The most deadly outbreak of a hog virus in 18 years in Japan is raising pork prices and may boost imports from the biggest buyer, supporting a record rally in Chicago.
Wall Street Journal: China, Brazil Sign Corn-Supply Deal
- (Subscriber only) China will allow large-scale imports of Brazilian corn, Chinese product-safety authorities said on Tuesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: U.S. court questions EPA delays to biofuel mandate
- Federal judges on Monday pressed the Obama administration to explain delays that have plagued its implementation of the U.S. biofuel mandate, as the government attempted to fend off an oil industry challenge to renewable fuel use targets.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an ‘act of love’
- Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas.
MLive: Federal judge rejects Michigan farmer's claim that migrant workers are independent contractors
- A federal judge ordered a Copemish farmer to stop classifying migrant workers as independent contractors as a way to avoid paying minimum wage.
Associated Press: Thad Cochran Runs Ads Against 'Powerful Interests'
- Out-of-state groups on Monday continued pouring money into Mississippi's Republican primary, criticizing Sen. Thad Cochran for staying in office too long. The six-term lawmaker responded with his own ads against challenger Chris McDaniel.
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