Daily Harvest -- 4/28/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus set on GMOs, data, immigration reform
- Lawmakers return today after a two-week recess and are set to discuss genetically modified crops (GMOs), big data, and immigration reform among other issues.
Agri-Pulse: Cattle on feed, beef prices and disaster signup
- (Audio) USDA released the latest catalog beef report on Friday. Economist Ann Marie Coons says lower cattle herd numbers mean that higher beef prices will continue.
Fox News: Forget Immigration, Congress Looks To Return To Work With Bare Minimum In Mind
- The only things likely to become law in a Congress bitterly divided between House Republicans and the Democratic-led Senate are those that simply have to pass, such as a measure to avoid a government shutdown.
Reuters: Killer virus spreads unchecked through U.S. hog belt, pushing pork to record
- The killer stalking U.S. hog farms is known as PEDv, a malady that in less than a year has wiped out more than 10 percent of the nation's pig population and helped send retail pork prices to record highs.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Efforts to zap bacteria in food are slow to catch hold
- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of radiation to wipe out pathogens in dozens of food products, and for decades it has been used in other developed countries without reports of human harm.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Bill Reinsch, President National Foreign Trade Council
- He provides a concise overview of pending trade deals and disputes with optimism and criticism. Reinsch indicates that negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Altantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are the most ambitious of the new century and could move free trade to a new plateau.
Reuters: Malaysia cites 'sensitivities' as Obama struggles to push trade pact
- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Sunday that he and U.S. President Barack Obama had agreed to upgrade bilateral relations but suggested that his country remains far from ready to sign a U.S-led trade pact due to domestic "sensitivities."
Des Moines Register: GMO worries cut China corn exports
- China's decision to effectively halt shipments of U.S. corn is unlikely to cause lasting economic harm to Iowa and other Midwest corn producers, as farm groups and commodity analysts see the trade skirmish as a short-term annoyance for the United States, the world's largest corn exporter.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Agriculture Still Feels Winter's Chill
- (Subscriber only) The bitter cold and piles of snow have largely receded, but this winter's harsh weather is likely to chill profits of U.S. agricultural companies.
Wall Street Journal: For Weed Control, Farmers Widen Their Arsenal of Herbicides
- (Subscriber only) U.S. farmers are dousing their fields with a wider array of herbicides, helping some turn a corner in the war on super weeds but adding new costs and environmental concerns.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Los Angeles Times: Immigration reform at crossroads in Congress amid GOP opposition
- The window for Congress to approve an immigration overhaul is closing, but House Speaker John A. Boehner continues to suggest that action is still possible -- even as he mocked his colleagues who find the hot-button issue too difficult.
Washington Post: Mr. Boehner comes clean on immigration reform
- In Washington, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) peddles one line on immigration reform that is transparently false. In his district in Ohio, he becomes a truth-teller.
CBS: Florida Democrats Push For Immigration Reform
- Immigration advocates will be joined by U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Joe Garcia in Hollywood on Monday to call on Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.
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