Daily Harvest -- 4/14/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA plans to complete rule for faster poultry inspection by year’s end
- The USDA intends to finalize a proposed rule by the end of the year that seeks to create a new speedier inspection system at poultry slaughter plants, according to Brian Ronholm, USDA's acting undersecretary for food safety.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Cong. John Garamendi – CA
- (Audio) Congressman John Garamendi represents agricultural areas of the highly productive state of California. He projects reductions in water usage from twenty to one hundred percent this year. As a result, he wants to build new water storage lakes in a state that has said no to such construction for fifty years.
New York Times: Lobby for Small Brewers, Concerned Over Rule, Finds Friends in Washington
- There is a rise in Washington of a narrowly focused special interest group: craft brewers. They include companies as large as Boston Beer Company, which makes Samuel Adams, and as small as Black Bear Microbrew, whose beer can be found only in Maine.
The Hill: Obama agencies clash over poultry rules
- Two heavyweight departments in the Obama administration are squabbling over controversial changes to the nation's poultry inspection procedures.
Des Moines Register: Expected income drop has farmers watching spending
- Prices for corn and soybeans are improving, but depending on land and other expenses, they're close to production costs for many farmers.
Reuters: U.S. farm industry seeks rules on data privacy, no consensus yet
- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said on Thursday it had more work to do to find consensus on a set of standards aimed at protecting farm data privacy, after meeting in Kansas City with a dozen leading U.S. agricultural industry players.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Houston Chronicle: Beef prices reach highest level since 1987
- The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn't likely anytime soon.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Japan continues to cause concern in TPP negotiations
- (Audio) A bilateral trade agreement between Japan and Australia is creating waves for the TTP negotiations. Livestock producers are especially concerned, according to NCBA President Bob McCan.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Corn Exports to China Dry Up Over GMO Concerns
- China's tougher stance on imports of genetically modified corn is roiling U.S. agribusiness, largely halting trade in the biggest U.S. crop in its fastest growing market. By one industry estimate, exports are down by 85% compared with last year.
NPR: Drought Could Complicate Already Difficult Food Crisis In Syria
- In March, the United Nations World Food Programme that a potential drought in the area could significantly hurt food production in Syria.
Bloomberg: Wheat Jumps as Ukraine Tensions Boost Supply Disruption Concerns
- Wheat rebounded from a second weekly loss as clashes in eastern Ukraine prompted an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, boosting concern that supply from the region may be disrupted.
Wall Street Journal: China’s Milk Demand Squeezes Global Supply
- China’s voracious appetite for dairy products has pushed prices for milk up worldwide, impacting importers as far away as North Africa and Latin America.
Wall Street Journal: As Growth Slows in India, Rural Workers Have Fewer Incentives to Move to Cities
- The Indian economy expanded at an annual rate of 4.7% in the last quarter of 2013. That may be sizzling by Western standards, but it is a serious comedown for a country whose GDP growth peaked at 11.4% in 2010. Inflation is high, workers aren't finding jobs, and industrialization and urbanization are stalling.
NBC: Feds Give In and Release Cattle Seized in Nevada Standoff
- Federal land managers confirmed Saturday that they released all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.
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