Daily Harvest -- 4/16/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: President Obama provides clear endorsement of agricultural biotechnology
- In an April 11 letter to Julie Borlaug which was obtained by Agri-Pulse, President Obama wrote about how pleased he was to join in celebrating her grandfather's life and his passion for feeding the hungry through biotechnology.
Agri-Pulse: USDA Rural Development helping investment in bioeconomy
- (Audio) USDA’s Lillian Salerno, Administrator for the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, went on a three-state Midwest tour last week to highlight USDA investments that are helping expand business opportunities in the bio-economy for rural communities.
Agri-Pulse: CBO says food stamp costs could drop by $24 billion
- After the buckets of political blood spilled over food stamps this past year, the Congressional Budget Office has quietly lowered its cost estimate for the nutrition program by $24 billion over the next decade.
The Hill: EPA moves toward possible methane emission rules
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a series of technical white papers Tuesday about sources of methane emissions, asking the public to comment on the research to inform EPA’s efforts to reduce emissions of methane, which is the main component of natural gas.
The Hill: Petroleum group says EPA may flip-flop on ethanol mandate
- A top petroleum group is worried the Environmental Protection Agency will flip on the proposed levels it released late last year for the amount of ethanol and other biofuels refiners must blend into the nation's fuel supply.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Politico: Vermont puts lessons from past in GMO bill
- Vermont lawmakers seeking to make their state the first to require the labeling of genetically modified food are hoping history won’t repeat itself.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Associated Press: Rail Companies to Report Fertilizer Delivery Plans
- A federal oversight board told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting of U.S. crops.
Wall Street Journal: Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices Are Rising
- The cost of fresh produce is poised to jump in the coming months as a three-year drought in California shows few signs of abating, according to an Arizona State University study set to be released Wednesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Canada’s Climate Warms to Corn as Grain Belt Shifts North
- The Corn Belt is being pushed north of what was imaginable a generation ago. Growing seasons on the Canadian prairie have lengthened about two weeks in the past half-century.
Bloomberg: Spring Cold Adds to Woes for Eastern U.S. Fruit Crops
- A cold snap gripping the U.S. East Coast today is bad news for farmers whose peaches and other spring crops are already suffering the effects of bad weather.
Los Angeles Times: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 3.4% in 2012
- Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States dropped by 3.4% in 2012, federal environmental regulators reported Tuesday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Dems target dozens of Republicans in 'last effort' of the year on immigration reform
- The Democrats are urging those Republicans who've made a verbal commitment to comprehensive reform "to put their pen where their mouth is," in the words of Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and sign a discharge petition to force a floor vote over the objections of GOP leaders.
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