Daily Harvest -- 5/6/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA begins SURE Program sign-up
- USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that sign-up begins today for 2012 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.
Agri-Pulse: RFS Impact on feed prices discussed at hearing
- (Audio) Several witnesses during a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing last week blamed the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for economic problems in the livestock industry. Among them, Bill Roenigk of the National Chicken Council said the RFS is keeping his industry from fulfilling consumers’ needs for a cheaper alternative to beef and pork.
The Hill: Feds: No plans to regulate agricultural methane emissions
- Three cabinet-level officials are assuring Republican senators that the Obama administration has no plans to regulate methane emissions from the agricultural sector or livestock.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA ignores mislabeling of faux-milk products, dairy group says
- (Subscriber only) The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) says the Food and Drug Administration is ignoring the mislabeling of dairy-specific names in food products with no milk content while over-focusing on certain types of sugars.
Palm Beach Post: Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules
- Some schools say the changes have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements. Their main concerns: finding enough whole grain-rich foods that kids like, lowering sodium levels and keeping fruits and vegetables from ending up in the trash.
High Plains Journal: Rural kids seen as more obese, study shows
- In recent years, researchers have found that children living in rural areas are more likely to be overweight or obese than children living in urban areas, according to a study by the Ann Arbor, Mich., based Altarum Institute, prepared by researchers Sarah Lifsey and Karah Mantinan.
News-Press: Stamp Out Hunger: Nation’s largest single-day food drive
- Summer is coming, school will be out, and the need for food assistance will grow. So the timing is right for the nation’s largest single-day food drive, “Stamp Out Hunger,” set for Saturday.
Los Angeles Times: Base food labeling on fact, not fear
- A California bill that would require the labeling of bioengineered food — whose DNA has been modified in the laboratory to introduce certain traits — caters to a scare campaign that is not based on solid evidence.
The Packer: FDA seeks help for food safety compliance
- Saying it is unable to single-handedly oversee compliance of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration is emphasising voluntary compliance and other measures. -
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China lifts ban on Virginia poultry
- China has lifted a seven-year ban on poultry imports from Virginia. The move could further facilitate exports of U.S. poultry and poultry products to the world's biggest nation, USDA said in a statement.
New York Times: Fungus Cripples Coffee Production Across Central America
- When coffee rust attacked the farms clinging to the volcanic slopes above this Mayan town, the disease was unsparing, reducing mountainside rows of coffee trees to lattices of gray twigs.
Reuters: French ban on GMO maize cultivation gets final approval
- The French parliament gave final approval on Monday to a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize in the European Union's top grain producer, where a majority of people remain strongly opposed to foods based on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Guardian: Climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark US report
- Climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no American will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on Tuesday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Chicago Tribune: Supreme Court declines to hear Nebraska immigration case
- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a Nebraska town's ordinance that cracks down on illegal immigration, declining to hear an appeal filed by a civil rights group.
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