Daily Harvest -- 4/24/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Study: Renewable fuels provide more than 850,000 jobs each year
- (Subscriber only) In small communities across America, renewable fuels are making a big impact, according to a study conducted by John Dunham & Associates and released this week by Fuels America.
Agri-Pulse: Cost concerns blocking rural broadband expansion, GAO says
- (Subscriber only) Stakeholders involved in the effort to expand broadband service in rural America say economic, legal and policy concerns often get in the way, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
Agri-Pulse: Industry reaction to report on using crop residue for biofuels
- (Audio) Corn farmer and ethanol industry representatives responded to a study this week that says using crop residue to make fuel has a worse climate impact than gasoline. NCGA’s Jon Doggett said for every study that says ethanol is bad for the environment, there are ten more that say it’s good.
Reuters: Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor
- A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the governor's desk.
KHOU: Plan to capture feral hogs for food bank meat gets closer to reality
- A novel plan to trap wild hogs took a step closer to reality after Harris County commissioners approved a contract with a meat packing company that will process the animals into food for needy people.
The Hill: USDA targets food stamp fraud
- The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service announced Wednesday it is targeting people who sell food stamps for money. Some recipients cheat the system by claiming they have lost their food stamp debit cards so they can request new ones, the agency said.
Politico: Profits increase for cow-calf ranchers
- Young 550-pound steers on the southern Plains are commanding prices 30 percent higher than a year ago. With corn down almost as much in the same period, feedlots are betting the margins even as the cost of hamburger at the supermarket goes through the roof.
FOOD & NUTRITION
NPR: Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes
- Overall, the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. The figures in the report are based on data from Standard & Poor's ExecuComp database and company proxy statements.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: With Obama in Japan, business groups push for TPP deal
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged Japan and the U.S. to take advantage of President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo to strike a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.
Agri-Pulse: Large agriculture deals in Latin American countries harming local farmers, Oxfam says
- (Subscriber only) Large-scale agriculture deals funded by U.S. companies in Paraguay, Guatemala, and Colombia are undermining local food security and displacing small-holder farmers, according to a report released Tuesday by the worldwide development organization Oxfam America.
NPR: Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Are 'Teed Up'
- Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.
Wall Street Journal: Pacific Trade Stall
- Can President Obama salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership on his trip to Asia this week? The American leader has made the multilateral trade deal a centerpiece of his Asia strategy, yet negotiations are stalling at the hands of a growing coalition of the unwilling.
Los Angeles Times: Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, loses jumpsuit, takes on Twitter
- On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where’s Waldo-esque sleeves.
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