Daily Harvest -- 5/1/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Livestock, poultry outlook seems to be improving, USDA says
- Despite years of high feed costs and tight margins, the outlook for livestock and poultry appears to be improving, but significant challenges face the beef and pork sectors, a top USDA official told a House panel Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: COOL heats up livestock hearing
- (Audio) Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) was a major topic of discussion during a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the state of the livestock industry. Ranking Member Jim Costa, D-Calif., said COOL has failed, adding nothing but costs to the industry. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson was nearly a lone voice at the hearing in support of COOL.
Agri-Pulse: Oil and ethanol supporters build up campaigns as EPA finalizes RFS
- The American Petroleum Institute (API) released a letter it sent to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging EPA to maintain a lower ethanol requirement as it reviews and finalizes its 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal.
Agri-Pulse: EPA seeks comment on proposed decision to register Dow Enlist Duo herbicide
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available for a 30-day public comment period a proposed regulatory decision to register Dow AgroScience's Enlist Duo herbicide containing glyphosate and the choline salt of 2,4-D for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D.
Agri-Pulse: Monsanto boosts commitment to sustainability
- Monsanto is increasing its commitment to sustainability, pledging to boost efficiency in its irrigation efforts and to help curb greenhouse gas emissions by developing seeds and management tools that allow farmers to make better use of crop nutrients and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
DTN: USDA Vague on PED Tracking
- Animal-health experts at USDA don't know how they are going to implement a plan to require pork producers to report cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or track movements of animals in herds with the infection.
Des Moines Register: Cellulosic fuel producers upbeat about 2014
- Despite falling short of cellulosic production goals in recent years, producers of ethanol made from crop waste, wood, grasses and other plants said Tuesday they can produce more of the fuel in 2014 than the Environmental Protection Agency proposed last November.
Scientific American: Antibiotic Resistance Is Now Rife across the Entire Globe
- A first-ever World Health Organization assessment of the growing problem calls for rapid changes to avoid the misery and deaths of a potential "post-antibiotic era"
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: Stealth Vegetables
- For years, the government has been urging Americans to eat more vegetables for better health, with little to show for the effort. Consumption has been stuck at barely half the recommended amount.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: European Commission leader urges quick action on TTIP
- The president of the European Commission urged negotiators in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks to reach a deal quickly, before critics can drum up more opposition to the proposed pact.
Financial Times: Barack Obama’s fast-track hopes on trade remain stuck in the slow lane
- When US President Barack Obama set off for a long-delayed tour of Asia last week, he had one overwhelming economic priority. If nothing else, he needed to notch up progress and restore faith, both in Asia and at home, in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the mooted 12-country Pacific Rim pact at the top of his trade agenda.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Report may show significant losses to 'adaptable' honey bee
- Dick Rogers, Apiologist and Research Manager, Bayer Bee Care Center In North America, says next week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) are expected to issue their annual report on honey bee losses during the winter.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Soil Health Renaissance Part I: Measuring Soil Health
- Bruce Knight: I'm pleased to be a part of The Soil Renaissance, an initiative of the Farm Foundation, NFP and The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, to develop a cohesive and comprehensive approach to soil health.
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