Daily Harvest -- 4/10/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack announces food aid projects just as program debate heats up
- (Subscriber only) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced at a Council on Foreign Relations event that the department would provide $183 million in U.S. agricultural commodities to feed hungry children abroad through the McGovern-Dole program.
Agri-Pulse: Bill introduced that preempts state GMO labeling efforts
- Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., both members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, are introducing a bill today that creates a federal standard for voluntarily labeling foods that are not genetically modified and requires additional reviews for foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, or “GMO” foods.
Agri-Pulse: House Agriculture Committee approves CFTC reauthorization
- The House Agriculture Committee today approved legislation (H.R. 4413), by voice vote, that would reauthorize the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission and seek to provide reforms to protect against market failures.
Agri-Pulse: USDA cuts estimates for corn, soybean ending stocks as exports rise
- Unsold supplies of U.S. corn before the next harvest will total 1.331 billion bushels, down 125 million bushels, or 8.6 percent, from the month-ago estimate, because of rising exports, USDA said today in a monthly report.
Agri-Pulse: Pork production forecast reduced on PED virus
- USDA cut its estimate for U.S. pork production for this year by 2.5 percent from its March forecast, citing piglet losses from the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
Agri-Pulse: GOP senators urge EPA to work with agriculture on Clean Water Act proposal
- (Subscriber only) Republicans on a Senate Appropriations subcommittee today urged EPA chief Gina McCarthy to work with farmers and ranchers as her agency finalizes its definitions of “waters of the U.S.'' that fall under the protection of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Agri-Pulse: Senate Ag Committee hearing on advanced biofuels
- (Audio) The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week on advanced biofuels. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow says advanced biofuels are here now and they’re an important part of the energy title in the farm bill.
Wall Street Journal: Soybean Prices Soar on Tighter Supplies
- (Subscriber only) U.S. soybean futures rose to a more than eight-month high after federal forecasters projected tighter-than-expected domestic supplies of the oilseeds.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Kansas City Star: Florida’s orange production is declining
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released its citrus production forecast and the news isn't good. The 2013-2014 orange forecast is 110 million boxes, down 4 percent from last month, and 18 percent less than last season's final production figure.
Bloomberg: Withered California Fruit Seen Raising Food Costs
- The drought that is withering vegetable and fruit crops in California may push up food prices more than the dry spell that ravaged the Corn Belt in 2012, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Washington Post: More college students battle hunger as education and living costs rise
- At the same time that higher education is seen as key to financial security, tuition and living expenses are rising astronomically, making it all the more tempting for students to cut corners on food.
Los Angeles Times: Wal-Mart to boost organic food lineup
- It is teaming with Wild Oats to sell organic packaged food priced in line with conventional foods and at least 25% cheaper than other organic brands it currently carries.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: China Pizza Passion Has Fonterra Riding Mozzarella Wave
- Fonterra, which also supplies Domino’s Pizza Inc. (DPZ), is raising mozzarella output across its two New Zealand plants and aims to more than double the number of its offices and operations in China to 50 locations to meet dairy demand.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Texas Cotton Desert Boosting Costs for Makers of Clothing
- The layer of dust on Jeremy Brown’s cotton fields in west Texas is increasing the chance that Americans will start paying more for underwear or blue jeans.
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