Daily Harvest -- 4/27/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Abe visits as trade talks intensify, House targets WOTUS rule
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact will be high on the agenda as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week to meet with President Obama and speak to a joint session of Congress.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: April 24, 2015
- (Video) Agri-Pulse's Phil Brasher and Spencer Chase recap an action-packed week for Trade Promotion Authority as the bill heads to the House and Senate floors.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator John Hoeven from North Dakota
- (Audio) Hoeven discusses his plan for providing flexibility for school nutrition standards and thoughts for providing funding for a long-term highway bill.
Agri-Pulse: Meet the Lawmaker with Ralph Abraham from Louisiana's Fifth District
- (Video) Republican freshman Ralph Abraham represents the largest row crop district in America, Louisiana's 5th Congressional District. In this edition of Meet the Lawmaker, Abraham tells Agri-Pulse why he ran for Congress and what he hopes to accomplish on the House Agriculture and Veterans' Affairs committees.
Forbes: Rebel Farmers And Government Cartels: How The New Deal Cartelized U.S. Agriculture
- (Opinion) Marvin Horne doesn’t look like a man in open rebellion against the United States government, but the 70-year-old raisin farmer and his wife Laura have had enough. If they get their way, they’re not going to let the U.S. Raisin Administrative Committee take their raisins anymore.
Albany Times Union: Farmers who switch to organic face strict rules, costs, red tape
- Being an organic farmer isn't as simple as enjoying a romanticized landscape. The process is cumbersome, the upkeep expensive and the profits minimal, Pamela Schreiber said.
Wall Street Journal: Price of U.S. Cotton Picking Up as Supplies Dwindle
- Buyers are snatching up the last stocks of high-quality U.S. cotton, driving up prices in the process. Prices for July cotton jumped 4.8% last week, ending Friday at 66.34 cents a pound after a government report showed a surge in overseas demand.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Working Together for American Biofuels
- In this opinion piece, Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Kristi Noem (R-SD) talk about their shared commitment to a healthy economy and domestic energy security.
Washington Post: Western drought steals clean energy along with fresh water at power plants
- Power capacity at Hoover Dam, on the Arizona-Nevada border, has dropped nearly 25 percent since 2000.
USA Today: Moniz sees progress, but not enough, in energy landscape
- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is receiving a lot of attention for his involvement in U.S. negotiations with Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.
Des Moines Register: Iowa senators urge EPA not to gut ethanol mandate
- U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are among almost 40 lawmakers urging the Environmental Protection Agency not to gut an ethanol mandate put in place by Congress eight years ago.
Agriculture.com: Broin: Expand ethanol to avoid hard times
- (Opinion) Telling corn farmers that ethanol is vital for decent prices could be preaching to the choir. After all, USDA projects corn purchases for ethanol and its byproducts to reach 5.2 billion bushels in the current marketing year, just barely behind to top corn market for livestock feed (and residual use) at 5.25 billion bushels.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Chipotle to stop serving genetically altered food
- The company says the cost of going GMO free was “de minimus” leading some to wonder if this is really just another Chipotle strategy to raise their own prices?
NPR: Who's Behind The Latest Ethnic Food Trend? Maybe It's A Government
- Countries like Peru are partnering with culinary stars — like celebrity chef Gaston Acurio— to promote Peruvian cuisine around the world, while other countries are trying different approaches to gaining what the Times calls “gastro-prestige.”
bostinno: Why the Food Babe Takedowns Are What Our Society Needs
- The writer questions the Food Babe and notes: “If I believed everything I read on the Internet, there’d be nothing left for me to eat.”
NY Daily News: Daily Newser finishes $29 Food Stamp Challenge with crucial lessons on how we eat
- Nutrition knowledge and smart buying helped this young woman finish a food stamp challenge while learning important lessons about the SNAP program.
Washington Post: How the gluten-free movement is ruining our relationship with food
- (Opinion) An estimated 20 million Americans believe that eating gluten causes them distress. And 100 million people, meanwhile, say that they are actively working to eliminate gluten from their diet.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups encouraged by TPA progress
- (Audio) Trade Promotional Authority passed the responsible committees on both sides of congress last week generating optimism in the agriculture industry that it may soon provide the president with the authority he needs to complete TPP.
Agri-Pulse: Industry offers cautious optimism as EU approves new biotech traits
- The European Union has announced the approval of 10 new genetically modified seed traits and the renewal of seven others to be used as feed and food imports.
NDTV: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Israel to Seek Collaboration in Agriculture, Crisis Management
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has arrived in Tel Aviv on a three-day visit to Israel to explore possibilities of collaboration in various fields including agriculture and crisis management, where it has an expertise, and to attract investments in the state.
The Conversation: Australia’s ‘five strong pillar economy’: agriculture
- (Opinion) In his 2013 election campaign, Tony Abbott promised his government would build a world-class “five pillar economy”, encompassing manufacturing, agriculture, services, education and mining. Two years later, as his government prepares its second federal budget, just how are these sectors faring?
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Farm and bee groups send letter supporting increase in pollinator research levels
- A group of more than 40 farm groups and companies sent a letter to House and Senate agricultural appropriations leaders supporting increases in the President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget for honey bee research activities.
KTVZ: Anti-frost fans at S. Ore. blueberry farm not winning fans
- Suffice it to say neighbors are not fans of the new fans at Townsend's blueberry plot, planted in 2000, but no one has asked if they would prefer a paved parking lot rather than living plants.
Yahoo News: Late spring complicates already perilous amphibian migration
- Northern New England's annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Think of Undocumented Immigrants as Parents, Not Problems
- (Opinion) At least one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent, and nearly all of those children are native-born United States citizens.
LA Times: Fewer immigrants are being caught crossing U.S.-Mexico border
- The number of immigrants caught crossing the Southwest border continues to fall sharply, Obama administration officials said Friday, a decline due in large part to the end of the surge in people coming from Central America
Agri-Pulse: NCGA announces staffing changes, new focus on market development
- The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today announced it work to boost market demand for corn through some key staffing changes within the organization.
Good News Network: Ex-NASA Engineer to Plant One Billion Trees a Year Using Drones
- A start-up plans to help solve the world’s climate problems by using drones to plant forests of seedlings.
Politico: Cruz, Huckabee vie for evangelicals at Iowa summit
- On the eve of the Faith and Freedom Summit, Ted Cruz has the edge among social conservatives in Iowa, according to this week’s POLITICO Caucus.
High Plains Journal: Learning about agriculture Harvard students visit the Midwest
- Students from Harvard’s Kennedy School spent their spring break on Farm Trek 2015, a trip designed to help them better understand where their food comes from, the intricacies of the farm bill and familiarize them with challenges the agricultural community faces in the future.
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