Daily Harvest -- 4/14/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House bill would kill Clean Water Act rule, force replacement
- House Republicans introduced legislation Monday that would force federal agencies to kill and then replace a proposed rule to re-define what streams, wetlands and other areas are regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Agri-Pulse: FDA report shows decreasing antimicrobial resistance to Salmonella in meat
- The presence of salmonella resistant to antimicrobials in meat sold in U.S. grocery stores is continuing to decrease since its peak in 2009, according to two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports released today.
Agri-Pulse: Avian influenza strain spreads to 11th state: Wisconsin
- A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (HPAI) has now been found in 11 states following USDA confirmation of a case in Wisconsin. It's also the first time the H5N2 strain has been found in a commercial chicken flock.
Agri-Pulse: FDA clarifies its guidance on animal feed safety
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a clarification on previously issued guidelines for animal food safety, explaining to producers the scope and intent of the guidelines.
Des Moines Register: Egg executives sentenced to 3 months for salmonella outbreak
- Two former egg industry executives were sentenced to three months in jail Monday for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands.
The Hill: Thune: Estate tax a 'nightmare'
- Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is trying to build momentum for a repeal of the estate tax, calling the levy a “nightmare” for grieving families.
Ag Web: FAA Drone Approvals Have Skyrocketed
- As of April 8, the FAA had granted a total of 128 exemptions. The Small UAV Coalition has applauded the streamlining of the exemption process but says work remains to be done.
Washington Post: Why 2015 could be a record year for the greening of U.S. energy
- 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty special year and a pretty significant 365-day shift in how we get our power, says a 2015 power market outlook released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Reuters: More German power plant projects not viable - producer lobby
- The economic viability of some 53 percent or 39 of the power plants planned for construction in Europe's largest economy by 2025 has been called into question, German energy industry association BDEW said in a statement on Monday.
Pacific Business News: Hawaii can support a 100 percent renewable energy goal, new report says
- Hawaii can support a goal of generating all of its electrical power and transportation fuels from renewable energy, a new report says.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Organic consumer group wants Hillary Clinton to support GMO labeling
- The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is asking Hillary Clinton to support mandatory GMO labeling.
Des Moines Register: Food supply safer after recalls jolt consumer confidence
- Several high-profile recalls have helped vastly improve the safety of America's food supply, but experts say much more remains to be done.
The News Tribune: Sponsor of Maine GMO label law opposes bill to ditch trigger
- The sponsor of a Maine law that requires food producers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients says state lawmakers are misguided in their effort to repeal the law's trigger provision.
Los Angeles Times: Walla Walla makes its cases as a wine destination
- His vineyards have been certified biodynamic since 2005, eight years after his first planting, and for him it represents the pinnacle of farming and one that carries a higher level of risk, which is why he is the only grower in the valley using biodynamic methods, Baron said.
New Jersey On-Line: 'Kohlrabi is pretty weird': Community supported agriculture introduces shareholders to new foods
- While there is still a big emphasis on that commercial operation, Buzby said over the last 15 years, they've been shifting focus, a few acres at a time, to marketing their crops to a local audience.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA gains expanded beef and pork markets in Mexico and Peru
- (Audio) During a meeting with livestock producers in Des Moines on Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new agreements allowing greater access to U.S. beef and pork for consumers in Mexico and Peru.
Reuters: Japan, U.S. aim for Pacific trade pact progress before summit
- Japanese and U.S. officials will meet from Wednesday in a bid to strike a two-way deal giving momentum to a pan-Pacific free-trade pact, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ahead of a leaders' summit late this month.
Financial Times: China will react with displeasure if America tries to weaponise trade
- Michael Levi: Selling a free-trade agreement at home is hard work, given public scepticism about their effect on American jobs. So as supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership try to round up backers, they increasingly emphasise the geopolitical case for concluding a deal.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Water Insecurity Costs Global Economy Billions a Year
- A new report on water insecurity says floods and drought amid climate change and a lack of investment in reliable water supplies is weighing on the global economy by tens of billions of dollars a year.
Bloomberg: The Real Reason Californians Can't Water Their Lawns
- In many ways, this is an odd response to a water problem that’s largely about agriculture. But in that, California is a microcosm of an increasing proportion of the world: underpriced water used mainly for agriculture driving shortages that have nasty side effects on urban areas.
New York Times: California’s Cycles of Drought
- But scientists say that in the more ancient past, California and the Southwest occasionally had even worse droughts — so-called megadroughts — that lasted decades. At least in parts of California, in two cases in the last 1,200 years, these dry spells lingered for up to two centuries.
New York Times: Mighty Rio Grande Now a Trickle Under Siege
- On maps, the mighty Rio Grande meanders 1,900 miles, from southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. But on the ground, farms and cities drink all but a trickle before it reaches the canal that irrigates Bobby Skov’s farm outside El Paso, hundreds of miles from the gulf.
Drovers Cattle Network: A parched California points fingers towards agriculture
- “'I feel like I've got a target on my back.” This is the repeated phone call coming across the lines, says president of the California Farm Bureau, Paul Wenger, in an interview with Reuters.
Kansas City Star: Drought takes toll on winter wheat in western Kansas
- Rains that swept through parts of arid Kansas during the weekend missed vast stretches of parched winter wheat crops in the western part of the state.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
International Business Times: Immigration Reform And The 2016 Race: Where Do Presidential Hopefuls Stand On Immigration?
- Immigration reform has been one of President Obama’s biggest political battles, and that looks to be no different for the growing pool of candidates for the 2016 presidential race.
Los Angeles Times: Mexican government raids farm labor camps in crackdown on abuses
- The Mexican government has raided at least three squalid, makeshift farm labor camps in recent weeks, rescuing about 250 adults and children and posting videos of the operations — rare enforcement actions that suggest a more aggressive tack by federal labor authorities.
Wall Street Journal: For DuPont’s CEO, High-Stakes Vote Looms
- DuPont Co. Chief Executive Ellen Kullman honed her management chops decades ago bargaining with big customers and suppliers as head of a $2 billion-a-year unit that sold titanium dioxide, a pigment used to whiten paper.
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