Daily Harvest -- 4/17/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Iowa farmers to curb expenses as net farm income drops
- For the second year in a row, Iowa soybean farmers expect to see a decline in financial returns and will cut back expenses according to the Agri-Pulse Farm Opinion Poll. The poll was conducted this month in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
Agri-Pulse: House votes to repeal estate tax
- Brushing aside a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted 240-179 to repeal the federal estate tax.
Associated Press: USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be 'devastating'
- The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be "devastating," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said Thursday.
Los Angeles Times: Airline food workers strike at LAX
- More than 100 workers who prepare food for airlines flying out of Los Angeles International Airport went on strike Tuesday, saying they are overworked and lack the proper equipment to do their jobs, union organizers said.
Bloomberg: Ethanol Advocates ‘Encouraged’ After Clinton Expresses Support for Renewables
- Ethanol advocates say they are optimistic about Hillary Clinton’s support for renewable fuels after remarks the Democratic candidate made during a private meeting in Iowa April 15.
Huffington Post: 6 Facts About the Impending Renewable Energy Revolution
- There is good news about renewable energy, and it matters to all electricity consumers -- which means all of us.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Report calls on feds, food and ag sectors to work together to battle malnutrition
- Thirty public and private leaders from around the world are endorsing a report that calls on the U.S. government to provide leadership on global malnutrition and food insecurity issues by committing to a long-term, globally minded agricultural development and food systems strategy.
EurActiv: European Commission clarifies new GMO import rules
- According to an internal Commission document obtained by EurActiv, the European executive has decided on an "à la carte" system for GMO imports into Europe.
Fox News: Gwyneth Paltrow gave up on food stamp challenge after day 4
- After Chef Mario Batali challenged the actress to feed her family for a week on a $29 budget -- what low income families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receive -- Paltrow admitted in her Goop newsletter that she failed.
Wired: Are Food Additives Evil? We Have an Almost-Civil Debate
- If you eat food or like science, you may be aware of the current dispute between Food Babe and Science Babe. Food Babe, essentially, never met a multi-syllabic ingredient she could bring herself to like.
Science News: From lemons to kumquats, roots of citrus variety dug up
- The mother of all citrus plants lived about 13 million years ago, scientists have learned by tracing the maternal side of the citrus family tree. Yet it is dad’s contribution that has revealed the growing family’s entire portrait.
The Atlantic: Food: The Newest Celebrity
- The humble glories of the breakfast sandwich make a winking but also entirely fitting subject for a genre that associates food with “voluptuary desires.”
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Fast-track agreement sets stage for congressional trade battle
- The battle is on in Congress to approve a fast-track process for finalizing trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers reach deal on fast-track trade measure
- Lawmakers finalized a bipartisan three-year fast-track bill Thursday to smooth the way for negotiating and ratifying trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.
Agri-Pulse: Leverage Trade Policy to Tap Future Food Markets
- Agri-Pulse and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs are teaming up to host a monthly column to explore how the U.S. agriculture and food sector can maintain its competitive edge and advance food security in an increasingly integrated and dynamic world.
Reuters: Zimbabwe takes tobacco road to agriculture recovery
- Fifteen years after Zimbabwe's agriculture sector collapsed in the face of President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms, its tobacco industry is again booming, with black farmers funded by private firms producing a near record crop.
Wall Street Journal: TPP: Momentum on Trade Deal Bolsters U.S., Japan Efforts to Counter China
- Momentum in Washington behind an ambitious Pacific free-trade pact gives new energy to a U.S.-Japan campaign to counter China’s influence in Asia.
Yahoo: Putin confident on economy, offers to mend ties with West
- Russia has weathered the worst of its economic troubles and is on the road to recovery, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in TV show, offering to normalize ties with the West if it treats Moscow as an equal partner and not a "vassal."
Time: How One South African Entrepreneur Hopes to Make Millions From Maggots
- Self-described Eco-Capitalist Jason Drew of AgriProtein is farming flies to feed the world, clean up waste, and make a mint in the process.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: Jerry Brown faces fight over mandatory water cuts
- Representatives of urban water suppliers and advocacy groups from across the state have criticized a plan from state water regulators that would force some to cut water consumption by as much as 35% over the next year.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CNN: DOJ wants Obama immigration actions to proceed while case is appealed
- Justice Department lawyers on Friday will ask a federal appeals court to allow the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration to proceed while the DOJ appeals a federal judge's decision to block the controversial measures.
Agri-Pulse: Tuskegee's Prakash wins ag science communication award
- C.S. Prakash, director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University in Alabama, will receive the 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Oct. 4 in a World Food Prize ceremony in Iowa.
Associated Press: US Sen. Roberts' 'Frozen' Ringtone Creates Hearing Hysterics
- Sen. Pat Roberts is urging people to "let it go" after his cellphone filled a somber committee hearing room with the first few bars of a song from Disney's "Frozen."
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