Daily Harvest -- 4/21/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Groups challenge EPA move to expand use of Enlist Duo to six more states
- (Subscriber only) A coalition of environmental, food safety and public health groups filed a motion today challenging EPA's decision to expand the use of Enlist Duo herbicide on genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy crops to nine additional states.
Agri-Pulse: Overall meat production higher but poultry lower
- (Audio) USDA’s Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook for this month increases overall meat production, according to Seth Meyer with the World Agricultural Outlook Board.
Agri-Pulse: Avian flu strikes Iowa egg operation
- An Iowa egg operation with more than 5 million hens is the latest poultry farm hit by a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza.
The Hill: Dem senator: Budget reconciliation could unravel 2014 farm bill
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) lobbied Republicans Monday against including language in a final budget agreement that could potentially unravel the 2014 farm bill.
The Hill: Shots fired in new Web war
- Groups representing virtually every corner of the cable and telecom industry have unleashed a barrage of lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new Internet regulations, in what has all the makings of a heavyweight bought destined to go all 12 rounds.
New York Times: Batteries and renewable energy set to grow together
- The future of American energy, according to one widely held view, will include solar panels and wind turbines continuing to proliferate, churning out ever more electricity and eventually eclipsing fossil fuels to help offset the forces of climate change.
The Hill: Lawmakers seek ban on Atlantic offshore drilling
- Two Democratic lawmakers from New Jersey said Monday they would sponsor legislation to ban offshore oil and natural gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
National Journal: Congress might get back into the energy business
- Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska Republican who chairs the Senate's energy committee, told a roomful of industry officials that she's introducing legislation this year to end the nation's decades-old ban on crude oil exports.
Columbus Dispatch: Energy-related carbon emissions grow second straight year
- Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the United States rose for the second straight year, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday, but the economy appears to becoming less carbon-intensive.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Kraft to stop using synthetic colors in Mac and Cheese
- Kraft Foods says that starting in January, it will no longer make its Original Macaroni and Cheese with artificial preservatives or synthetic colors, replacing the chemical dyes with colors derived from natural sources like paprika, annatto and turmeric.
Wall Street Journal: The incredible raisin heist
- (Opinion) Stealing is illegal, unless the government is the thief. On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear a case on whether the government can seize a chunk of a business’s product to regulate prices.
Washington Post: The Dr. Oz truthers who think he’s saving them from Monsanto’s GMOs
- For those who fear "chemicals" and "GMOs," TV personality Dr. Oz is far from a quack: The man is a hero. And now that other physicians have publicly called for Columbia University to cut ties with Oz, he's officially become a martyr.
Des Moines Register: Which fruits, veggies are most important to buy organic?
- Each year, the Environmental Working Group creates the USDA EWG's Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, ranking 48 fruits and vegetables by pesticide contamination level using research from the USDA Pesticide Testing Program and the Food and Drug Administration.
Wall Street Journal: Bird flu hinders Hormel’s turkey supply
- Hormel Foods Corp., which previously announced bird-flu issues at its Jennie-O Turkey Store brand, said it is “experiencing significant challenges in our turkey supply chain” due to outbreaks in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Wall Street Journal: Pilgrim’s expects 25 percent of its chicken will be antibiotic-free by 2019
- Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second-largest U.S. poultry processor, plans to eliminate all antibiotics from a quarter of its chicken production by 2019, up from about 5% currently, according to its chief executive.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Abe: U.S., Japan Close to TPP Trade Deal
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo and Washington are near an agreement on a major Pacific free-trade pact, a deal that would help advance President Barack Obama ’s economic agenda and tighten ties between the two allies as they seek to counter China’s growing influence.
The Hill: Would you like fries with that?
- (Opinion) Judging from the coverage in national media, when most people think of trade, they picture large shipping containers arriving at U.S. docks chock full of products produced overseas and then sold in American stores.
Wall Street Journal: India to get 24/7 Farming TV
- The new 24-7 channel for farmers will feature farm scientists and agricultural experts as well as farming success stories.
Wall Street Journal: Cargill seeking poultry play, building palm oil mills in Indonesia
- Cargill Inc. is seeking to enter the Indonesian poultry sector and is investing in mills for its growing palm oil business there, part of its plans to pour $1 billion into Southeast Asia’s largest economy in the coming years.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Five years later, farmers, ranchers lauded for Gulf recovery effort
- USDA is crediting the voluntary efforts of private landowners with helping the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which erupted five years ago this week.
New York Times: Silicon Valley’s water conservation conundrum
- The water crisis simply may be a poor match for Silicon Valley’s skill set.
U-T San Diego: Appeals court rules against higher water rates for big users
- An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water.
LA Times: San Diego County farmers pleased at changes in water cutback rules
- After a vigorous effort to alert the state water board about what they saw as the unfairness of proposed drought rules, San Diego County farmers were pleased at how the rules were modified.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
International Business Times: Immigration reform 2015: Illegal immigrants flown on empty charter flights, wasting millions, Homeland Security report finds
- The government wasted more than $41 million by sending illegal immigrants home on empty charter flights in the last 3 ½ years, according to a Department of Homeland Security report released earlier this month.
NJ.com: Adopt-a-Lot program bringing more gardens, urban agriculture to Jersey City
- More gardens will be sprouting up around Jersey City this spring thanks to a new initiative that will expand urban agriculture and also make healthier foods from farmers' markets more accessible.
Washington Post: How shipping containers are making fresh local produce a reality during bitter winters
- Ryan Sweeney, who owns the container, isn’t your typical farmer. He relies on LED lights, not sunlight. He monitors his crops on his smartphone. He doesn’t used pesticides or soil. But he’s growing basil year round with a healthy profit margin.
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