Daily Harvest -- 4/22/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces $150 million investment fund to grow small businesses
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of a new investment fund designed to help propel the growth of small businesses across rural America.
Agri-Pulse: EPA’s 'Waters of the U.S.' proposal open for comment
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today posted their proposed definition for waters of the U.S. protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA) in the Federal Register, triggering a 90 day public comment period.
Agri-Pulse: Group says bill could dismantle food aid
- Less than three months after the 2014 Farm Bill passed with provisions on the $1 billion-plus program for food aid overseas, the international development group Oxfam America says another piece of legislation wending through the Senate could have disastrous implications for the federal government's global anti-hunger strategy.
Agri-Pulse: Pork industry wants more details on PEDv reporting plan
- (Audio) USDA announced new actions to help stop the spread of PED virus, requiring producers to report new cases as well as track movements of pigs, vehicles and other equipment leaving areas where the disease is reported.
Agri-Pulse: USDA approves Dow GE soybean
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today a determination of nonregulated status for Dow AgroSciences's soybean genetically engineered (GE) for insect resistance.
KRTV: Senator Tester planting crops, discusses Farm Bill
- With dust in the air and a new tractor in the field, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) is in his element, planting the seeds for this year's crop of lentils, barley, and peas on his farm near Big Sandy.
The Hill: Schumer pushes feds to scrap brewery rule
- Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday urged the Food and Drug Administration to backtrack on a proposed rule requiring breweries to inspect spent grain used for cattle feed.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: The Lure of Forbidden Food
- In an experiment, researchers at Pennsylvania State University gave preschool children the opportunity to “work” for a food reward. All the child had to do was click a computer mouse four times to earn a cinnamon-flavored graham cracker.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Politico: Obama trip stirs emotions over Asia trade pact
- President Barack Obama’s abilities as negotiator-in-chief for the United States will be put to the test this week on a trip to Asia that could set the stage for the conclusion of a huge new free-trade agreement. But the deal faces even more hurdles at home because of opposition from fellow Democrats.
Washington Post: U.S. and Japan must seal the deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Editorial Board: To reap these strategic benefits, the United States and the other 11 would-be members of the TPP must first cut a deal. As a practical matter, that means everyone is waiting for a “yes” between Washington and Tokyo.
The Japan News: Ambiguous consent satisfies Japan, U.S.
- “Nine percent or more” of tariffs on U.S. beef imported to Japan is a magic number that both Japanese and U.S. negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership multiparty trade agreement could somehow agree with.
Wall Street Journal: In Tokyo, U.S. Congressional Leaders Urge Abe to Take Bold Action
- Two days before U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo, a U.S. congressional delegation visited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, urging him to take the bold steps necessary to reach a broad free-trade deal and revitalize Japan’s economy.
Associated Press: Mexico Food Labeling Rules Draw Fire on Sugar
- Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but activists and experts said Monday they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Roll Call: Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul
- An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois.
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