Daily Harvest -- 4/21/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: James Moll, Producer of "Farmland"
- (Audio) James Moll produced "Farmland", a documentary about six farmers and ranchers from across the United States. His point of view remains understated as he says he wanted the farmers to speak for themselves and tell about their industry and affection for their livelihood and lifestyle.
Agri-Pulse: What should be the food labeling policy?
- Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh discuss Food science and labeling, which is one of those policy topics that seem to cycle in public discourse every few years.
Washington Post: Hawaii emerges as battleground of debate over genetically engineered crops
- The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation’s modern corn-growing business that the industry’s leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits such as resistance to insects and drought.
Wall Street Journal: USDA to Require Pork Industry to Report Swine Virus
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that it would try to combat a fast-spreading swine virus by requiring the pork industry to report and track all incidents of the disease.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: From Tex-Mex and pork rinds to fitness and veggies: A change in Obama White House
- Each president and first lady sets a new tone for the White House, partly based on personal beliefs and private quirks, but few have so transformed the culture inside the building the way the Obamas have regarding nutrition and fitness.
Yahoo: US orange production hit by disease, juice prices soar
- A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida's orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Washington Post: During Asia trip, Obama will renew effort to ‘rebalance’ U.S. relationship with the region
- President Obama departs Tuesday for a week-long, four-nation tour of Asia, where he and his top aides will be less focused on any big policy announcements than on reassuring jittery allies that America remains committed to bolstering its security and economic ties to the region.
New York Times: This Time, Get Global Trade Right
- The editorial board says there is a national ambivalence about our trade of goods and services with the rest of the world, which has more than doubled in the last two decades.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Country gets ready for Earth Day 2014
- Tuesday is Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environment that dates back to 1970. Though some environmental regulations (including some from the Environmental Protection Agency) have proved controversial in the last year, a number of groups will come together all over the country on April 22 to observe the holiday.
Washington Post: California farmers to get more water
- Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks because of recent rain and snow, officials announced Friday.
New York Times: California’s Thirsting Farmland
- Heading into the third year of a prolonged drought, the Allens are among the many California farmers forced to make dire choices that could leave as much as 800,000 acres, or about 7 percent of the state’s cropland, fallow.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
North Carolina Republican hopeful about immigration reform
- There’s new hope that immigration reform might be revived in the House of Representative. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., said she is somewhat optimistic that something could be accomplished this year.
Wall Street Journal: House Immigration Bills Are Still in the Mix
- Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.
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