Daily Harvest -- 4/29/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Pork prices recover from PEDv-induced spike, report says
- After the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) ravaged American hog numbers and supply, a recent report shows that the elevated prices that resulted may be coming back to earth.
Agri-Pulse: Avian influenza a hot topic at Chicken Media Summit
- (Video) Members of the media and the poultry industry came together recently in Eastern Maryland for a complete look at chicken production. As parts of the country deal with the spread of avian influenza, industry professionals are prepared to combat the disease.
Agri-Pulse: New avian flu cases in Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota
- Health officials today confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in two wild birds in McCracken County, Kentucky, a day after five outbreaks were reported at commercial poultry farms in Iowa. A new outbreak of the H5N2 strain was also confirmed in a flock of 27,000 turkeys in Stearns County, Minnesota, the biggest turkey producing state.
Agri-Pulse: USDA leaders talk budget cuts, school lunches, crop insurance with farm broadcasters
- Five Department of Agriculture leaders spoke with members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting earlier today, and all gave notable remarks about programs critical to their respective agencies.
New York Times: U.S. Backs Private Bid for $125 Million for Rural Investment
- Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, has traveled to New York and San Francisco, knocking on the doors of some of the country’s biggest investors, including BlackRock, Blackstone and GE Capital.
Reuters: U.S. officials predict a return of avian flu in the fall
- U.S. agriculture officials say it is “highly probable” that the virulent avian flu viruses that have hit U.S. poultry operations hard in recent weeks will return next fall when wild bird populations migrate south, potentially spreading the viruses into new regions of the country.
Reuters: Tracing the bird flu outbreak in U.S. poultry flocks
- Two highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza (HPAI) have been found in 14 U.S. states since December, prompting partial to total bans on imports of U.S. poultry and egg products to other countries that were valued at more than $6 billion last year.
Agri-Pulse: Moniz, Murkowski agree on need to modernize energy infrastructure
- (Subscriber only) In a possible sign the partisan cloud is lifting, writing comprehensive energy legislation moved another step forward Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: RFA poll shows most Americans support RFS
- (Audio) A new poll released by the Renewal Fuels Association shows that most Americans support Renewable Fuel Standards.
Reuters: Groups seek U.S. SEC probe of Shell Arctic drilling risk disclosures
- An environmental group and a law clinic petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to investors the risks of oil exploration in the harsh Arctic waters, the groups said on Tuesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Food and ag coalition asks House members to support Pompeo labeling bill
- In a letter to House offices today, 373 producer groups, processors, biotech providers, and food companies representing the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, asked Congress members to support a bill that would provide federal food labeling standards for genetically engineered products.
Agri-Pulse: Tyson to eliminate antibiotics from chicken
- Tyson Foods Inc. says it expects to end the use of human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken production by September 2017.
Washington Post: 7 of the biggest ‘facts’ about unhealthy food that actually aren’t true
- (Opinion) We assume that there is always an established, actionable consensus understanding of whether certain foods and ingredients should or shouldn't be eaten. But when it comes to many of the most popular "facts" spread vigorously today, the truth is actually a good deal less clear.
New York Times: Why ‘Natural’ Doesn’t Mean Anything Anymore
- (Opinion) It isn’t every day that the definition of a common English word that is ubiquitous in common parlance is challenged in federal court, but that is precisely what has happened with the word “natural.”
ABC News: Drones and Dogs Deployed in Battle to Save the Guacamole
- With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world's supply of guacamole, no weapon can be spared.
Des Moines Register: Ex-egg execs appeal jail sentences in salmonella outbreak
- Two former egg industry executives are appealing the three-month jail sentences a judge has ordered for their roles in a 2010 food poisoning outbreak.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Progressive Farmer: Vilsack Talks to China on AI
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked his Chinese counterpart on Monday to reconsider the country's complete ban on poultry imports from the United States as avian influenza cases continue to spread.
Fox News: Chileans brace for volcano impact on livestock, agriculture and fishing industries
- The eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano threatens to cause widespread, lasting economic damage, turning cattle pastures barren and choking fish with volcanic ash in one of the world's top salmon-producing countries.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
TIME: California Governor Proposes Fines Up to $10,000 for Water Wasters
- Californians who waste water could face fines of up to $10,000 under a new proposal from Governor Jerry Brown as the state works to combat a four-year drought.
U.S. News & World Report: U.N. Vatican Team Up for Climate Change Agenda
- The United Nations and Vatican joined forces Tuesday to warn about the dire effects of climate change, gathering religious leaders, Nobel laureates and heads of state to present a united front ahead of make-or-break environment talks later this year in Paris.
New York Times: Only Three Wolves Left on an Island Full of Prey
- Only three wolves — a male, a female and a 9-month-old pup — remain in Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, where wolves have been studied for nearly 60 years.
New York Times: Kill the Lights, Not the Birds
- (Opinion) Because many songbirds, sea birds, and other avians rely on stars to navigate, they grow confused by artificial lights. As a result, these birds die in droves as their ancient routes are interrupted by tall, brightly lit, glass buildings.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Farm worker labor leader lobbies for mandatory GMO labels
- A leader in farm worker labor issues lobbied Congress today to advocate for the mandatory labeling of foods derived from genetically modified crops, or GMOs.
Daily Mail: Jeb Bush reaffirms his support for Puerto Rico to become 51st state and says he knows about immigration 'because I married a beautiful girl from Mexico'
- The former Florida governor and 2016 GOP presidential prospect delivered a speech on economic opportunities peppered with Spanish. He's fluent in the language, and often uses it in Florida, but it's rarely heard in Republican presidential campaign politics.
Agri-Pulse: The Doan Award presented to Michelle Rook
- Farm broadcasters report on critical issues impacting the daily lives of U.S. farmers and ranchers. Rural audiences continue to count on radio for their daily news stories, and the winner of The Doan is dedicated to providing timely news to her audience.
Agri-Pulse: Mike's Legacy
- Michael B. Jandreau, the visionary leader of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota for almost 40 years, passed away last month at the age of 71.
Western Farm Press: American agriculture needs more allies
- (Opinion) An organization called The Center For Food Integrity suggests that the oft-used message “Farmers Feed the World” does not matter to consumers. If that’s the case then what’s agriculture’s message going to be moving forward?
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