Daily Harvest -- 4/11/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Census of Ag data release scheduled
- (Audio) USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service this week announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2. This report will contain the complete county, state and national level data for all of the items asked on the census.
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: House approves FY 2015 budget with SNAP, agricultural outlay cuts
- The House approved today a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal (H.Con.Res.96), on a 219-205 vote, that aims to reduce federal spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years and includes spending cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and mandatory agricultural outlays.
The Hill: Keeping America’s food supply safe
- Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.): Activists are calling for a 50-state patchwork of labeling laws for foods containing everyday genetically modified ingredients that could cause food prices to skyrocket by 15 to 30 percent.
NPR: No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group
- A record number of kids are donning the blue corduroy jacket of FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. The jacket is an icon of rural life — the organization is sort of like Boy Scouts for farming, and it dates back to the 1920s.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Attempts the Holy Grail: Low-Cost Organic Food
- Wal-Mart (WMT) is bringing its economies of scale to organic groceries. The retail giant said this morning that it is teaming up with Wild Oats to offer a wide range of organic fare at non-organic prices.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Progress But No Breakthrough in U.S.-Japan Trade Talks
- Top U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators failed to reach an agreement on an ambitious pan-Pacific trade pact this week, raising doubts about the prospects of a deal before President Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo for a summit this month.
Reuters: Desperate for credit, China importers default on soy cargoes
- Chinese importers have defaulted on at least 500,000 tonnes of U.S. and Brazilian soybean cargoes worth around $300 million, the biggest in a decade, as buyers struggle to get credit amid losses in processing beans.
Wall Street Journal: China Pork Company WH Group Set for Biggest IPO in a Year
- The Chinese pork producer that bought Smithfield Foods Inc. in a landmark deal is planning to raise up to $5.3 billion from its Hong Kong initial public offering, according to a term sheet seen by Wall Street Journal Thursday, in what could be the world's biggest IPO in a year.
Reuters: Canada grain handlers to expand as crops overwhelm system
- Three Canadian grain handlers said this week that they will expand facilities to handle the country's crops, after a record-smashing harvest overwhelmed the transportation system.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Virginia supports EPA in battle with Farm Bureau over Chesapeake Bay pollution
- Virginia has filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its legal battle with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) to set pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay.
Chicago Tribune: Ikea investing in Illinois wind farm
- With the project, Ikea’s first wind investment in the U.S., the company is among a growing number of companies taking care of their energy needs by buying or investing in power produced by the wind and sun.
Newsweek: Death on the Farm
- For decades, farmers across the country have been dying by suicide at higher rates than the general population. The exact numbers are hard to determine, mainly because suicides by farmers are under-reported
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