Daily Harvest -- 4/8/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Meat exports slowly recovering from west coast port dispute
- (Audio) The West Coast shipping dispute may be resolved but its impacts are still being felt. US Meat Export Federation CEO Philip Seng says shipments of beef, pork and lamb from this country were up in February compared to January, but were lower than a year earlier.
New York Times: U.S. Farmers Take a Gamble With Belt-Tightening as Incomes Slide
- Bracing for their leanest season in eight years, U.S. farmers are skimping on everything from machinery to fertilizers, betting that they can go down-market and yet maintain crop production and quality.
Wall Street Journal: Cotton Hits Near-Seven-Month High on Commercial Demand
- Cotton prices surged to their highest in nearly seven months on Tuesday as commercial traders rushed to snap up the last of the season’s high-grade fiber.
New York Times: Lawsuit Challenges U.S.D.A. Rule Change on Organic Farming
- A coalition of grocers, seed growers and consumer and environmental advocates filed suit on Tuesday against the Department of Agriculture over a change it made to the process used to determine which substances may be used in organic farming.
Food Safety News: Opinion: Poultry Industry Misleads the Public About the Humaneness of Slaughter
- There are only about 148 (full-time equivalent) humane slaughter inspectors for the 148 million cows, pigs and sheep slaughtered every year at federally inspected establishments, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Agri-Pulse: USDA seeks comments on biomass rules - but will Congress listen?
- (Subscriber only) If USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) works out as planned, the results could include up to $88.5 billion in additional economic activity and about 700,000 new jobs by 2023, with most of the new money and jobs flowing to rural America.
The Denver Post: Jeb Bush talks energy in visit to battleground Colorado
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate, on Tuesday said the oil and gas sector is vital to jump-starting the nation's economy and protecting its security.
FOOD & NUTRITION
San Francisco Chronicle: US Senate to discuss funding food stamps program with grants
- U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas says he will hold hearings on the possibility of funding the federal food stamps program through block grants to the states.
Washington Post: USDA wants low-income seniors to use their food stamps for fruits and veggies
- The federal government is expanding a program to create incentives for low-income people, particularly older Americans, to buy more fresh fruit and vegetables using food stamps. The U.S. Agriculture Department has joined with businesses, state agencies and nonprofits such as AARP to draw in low-income elders who may not get enough food or the right food to eat.
Wall Street Journal: Colleges Launch Food Pantries to Help Low-Income Students
- Food pantries, where students in need can stock up on groceries and basic supplies, started cropping up on campuses in large numbers after the recession began in 2007. More than 200 U.S. colleges, mostly public institutions, now operate pantries, and more are on the way, even as the economy rebounds.
Modern Farmer: California Olive Growers Cutting Down Orchards
- Olives have never been California’s largest agricultural product—at its height the industry only had a little over 35,000 acres of table olives—but as growers face low prices, high labor costs and dwindling water supplies, many are choosing to leave generations of olive-growing for a more lucrative crop.
New York Times: Funding Gap Hinders Law for Ensuring Food Safety
- After thousands of people were sickened by tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach, Congress passed a sweeping food safety law in 2010 that gave the Food and Drug Administration new powers to prevent additional outbreaks. But lawmakers have not provided enough money for the mission.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Huge Profit Stokes Concerns Over Starbucks’s Tax Practices in Europe
- The world’s biggest coffee chain has raised suspicions among regulators and local governments by reporting losses in its biggest European markets for years despite recording hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales.
New York Times: Cubans Eager for More Clarity on Doing Business With U.S.
- More than three months after Cuba and the United States announced a historic thaw and the Obama administration loosened regulations to support private businesses like hers, Ms. Perez still races across town to find basic ingredients and jokes about bringing an oven back from the United States in her luggage on a coming trip.
MercoPress: Argentine farmers defy Cristina Fernandez with ‘silo-bags’ to hoard soybeans
- Argentine farmers have stockpiled more than twice as many soybeans this year than in 2014 defying a government desperate to increase export tax revenue needed to finance rising state spending ahead of the October presidential election.
Wall Street Journal: Yemen’s Other Crisis
- Experts predicted in 2010 that Yemen could be the first country to run out of water. Today, half of Yemen’s population–about 13 million people–struggles to secure sufficient supplies of water. As much as 80% of the conflicts in Yemen’s hinterlands are fought over water—and 4,000 people are killed every year.
Reuters: Dutch businessman behind horsemeat scandal gets 2-1/2 years' jail
- The businessman at the centre of a Europe-wide fraud in which falsely labelled horsemeat led to thousands of tonnes of meat being recalled was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Tuesday.
Bloomberg: Rains, Hailstorms Set to Cut India’s Wheat Harvest From Record
- Wheat output in India, the world’s second-biggest grower, will miss a forecast for a near-record harvest this year after unseasonal rain and hailstorms damaged crop.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: NRCS earmarks $100 million for projects in Mississippi River Basin
- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $10 million this year, and an additional $90 million over the next four years, in water quality improvement projects on farms and ranches within the Mississippi River Basin.
Wall Street Journal: Bat-Preservation Rules Rile Industry
- A recent federal decision to list the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species has come under fire from industry groups, which say new regulations will raise costs for businesses in more than two dozen states without addressing the disease that is decimating the flying mammals.
Reuters: Sanctions, higher costs considered under California drought plan
- California's cities and towns would be required to cut their water usage by up to 35 percent or face steep fines under proposed new rules released Tuesday, the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use amid ongoing drought.
New York Times: In Parched California, Innovation, Like Water, Has Limits
- California’s drought has not spared A. G. Kawamura. A former state secretary of food and agriculture, Mr. Kawamura grows vegetables and strawberries south of Los Angeles in Orange County.
Los Angeles Times: Some communities may have to cut water use by 35%, regulators say
- California communities with the highest per-capita water consumption will be required to cut water use by as much as 35% over the next year under rules proposed Tuesday by state regulators.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
USA Today: Request to lift hold of Obama immigration action denied
- A federal judge in Texas late Tuesday kept a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that sought to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, rejecting a U.S. Department of Justice request that he allow the action to go ahead.
Washington Post: How America’s most famous farmer can appeal to left, right and center
- Although specific events he attends might have different political flavors, the crowds there have become more and more kaleidoscopic. Salatin often looks out to see dreadlocks beside head coverings.
New York Times: In Hawaii, Chickens Gone Wild
- On the island of Kauai, chickens have not just crossed the road. They are also crowing in parking lots, hanging out at beaches and flocking in forests.
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