Daily Harvest -- 4/15/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: CBO projections: More savings than expected for new farm bill programs
- (Subscriber only) Updated budget projections released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggest that some of the new farm bill programs may save even more than first expected when the legislation, formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, was signed into law.
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: Making some tax provisions permanent could increase certainty
- (Audio) American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on tax issues that long standing tax provisions should be made permanent, including a provision on small business expensing that allows farmers and ranchers to expense certain purchases of assets.
Reuters: USDA considers mandatory reports of deadly pig virus outbreaks: industry group
- The United States is considering rules that would require outbreaks of a deadly pig virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states, an industry group said on Monday.
Washington Post: Did USDA mislead the public, Congress about injury risks for poultry workers?
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are publicly feuding over the results of a study that found the same double-digit injury rates among poultry plant workers both before and after processing lines had accelerated.
The Modesto Bee: Dairy industry rebounds at last in Northern San Joaquin Valley
- Dairy farming in the Northern San Joaquin Valley has turned profitable, at long last, thanks mainly to booming exports for powdered milk and other products.
New York Times: Dual Turning Point for Biofuels
- But even as Abengoa and other companies prepare to produce significant amounts of cellulosic ethanol, using corn stalks and wheat straw as opposed to corn itself, the appetite for such fuels seems to be diminishing.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Profit Tastes Like Chicken in Hunt for Cheaper U.S. Meat
- Record-high prices for U.S. beef burgers and pork chops are helping to make 2014 the most profitable year ever for chicken producers.
New York Times: Obesity Studies Tell Two Stories, Both Right
- Researchers at the University of North Carolina disputed recent findings that obesity among young children had fallen since 2004, arguing that a longer view — using data all the way back to 1999 — showed that these youngsters were not really getting any thinner.
Food Safety News: Tribes Still Troubled by FDA’s ‘Inadequate’ Consultation Policy
- With less than 30 days notice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally set a date for face-to-face consultation with American Indian tribes and pueblos on its proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Northwest expecting strong water supplies, while South looking at low supplies, USDA says
- Several Northwestern states are expected to have near normal of above normal water supplies, while far less than normal streamflow is expected in some southern portions of the nation, according to report released April 14 by the Agriculture Department.
Agri-Pulse: New IPCC report: No more business as usual to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Despite many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
New York Times: Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds
- By crunching data from the Central Valley, eBird can generate maps showing where virtually every species congregates in the remaining wetlands. Then, by overlaying those maps on aerial views of existing surface water, it can determine where the birds’ need for habitat is greatest.
Yakima Herald: Science, subpoenas, and the Endangered Species Act
- What’s got clusters of small yellow flowers, slim, grey-green stems and a subpoena from U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings? If you guessed the White Bluffs Bladderpod, you are correct.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Peterson raises $218,000 during first quarter of 2014
- Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson raised nearly $218,000 since the start of the year and has $522,000 banked for his reelection bid.
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