Daily Harvest -- 5/8/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Bumpy legal road seen for Vermont biotech law
- (Subscriber only) Vermont's Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the country's first law requiring the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods today, but some experts say the law may never be implemented. (For help with subscriber log-in, contact Sandi@Agri-Pulse.com)
Oklahoma Farm Report: Chairman Frank Lucas Addresses Livestock Disaster Assistance, Farm Bill Implementation and EPA Overreach
- The House Agriculture Committee Chairman covers several ag-related topics with farm broadcaster Ron Hays.
Agri-Pulse: Sec. Vilsack outlines more progress on farm bill implementation
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack detailed new progress on farm bill implementation while fielding a wide variety of questions from members of the Senate Ag Committee.
Agri-Pulse: Expanding economic impact of PED virus
- NPPC President Dr. Howard Hill tells how the devastating PED virus is hitting producers and could lead to 10-12 percent increases in pork prices for consumers.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Food Business News: Competition slices into Whole Food’s market share
- Shares dropped nearly 19 per cent on Wednesday – their largest one-day fall in more than five years – after the upmarket US grocer, warned of increasing competition in natural and organic foods from mainstream rivals.
Industry survey shows confusion about antibiotic use in livestock
- One sign that the widespread use of antibiotics to raise livestock isn’t going away: The companies selling them don’t seem too worried.
BusinessWeek: Restrictions on livestock antibiotics don’t worry the drugmakers
- The American Meat Institute today released the results of a survey that shows consumers are confused about the causes of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry production.
USA Today: Fast-food worker strike about to go global
- Workers from dozens of countries on six continents are joining the push for higher pay and worker rights, with a nationwide strike planned for May 15.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
North Queensland Register: Asia trade deal faces more delay
- A former White House trade policy adviser said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would not be settled until after the mid-presidential term congressional elections.
USA Today: Don’t be afraid of U.S.-E.U. free trade: Column
- Research shows that 72 percent of Americans support increased trade with the European Union and in Germany, 75 percent would welcome more trade with the United States.
Reuters: White House to remove Russia from trade benefits program
- President Obama notified Congress that he plans to pull Russia from a program that allows duty-free imports of certain goods.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Hill: McCain, Flake press EPA to withdraw water rule
- Two senators join a growing chorus of GOP criticism of the EPA’s so-called Waters of the United States rule, which seeks to clarify which bodies of water the agency can regulate.
Agri-Pulse: Rice land valued at $3.5 billion of managed wetland habitat, DU says
- A new study by the conservation group Ducks Unlimited puts a price tag on what it would cost to replace U.S. rice fields with natural wetland habitat for wildfowl - and it wouldn't be cheap.
The Guardian: Climate change making food crops less nutritious, research finds
- Rising carbon dioxide emissions are set to make the world's staple food crops less nutritious, according to new scientific research, worsening the serious ill health already suffered by billions of malnourished people.
The Guardian: Drones striking a high-tech blow for conservation and the environment
- In the US, a non-profit group called Conservation Drones is working with manufacturers to scale up production, making drones more affordable for environmental groups and conservation scientists, with results that have already benefited Australian research groups.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Why Obama may never get bill on immigration
- Several lawmakers express growing pessimism that a sweeping immigration bill is achievable in President Barack Obama’s second term if nothing passes this year.
BusinessWeek: Young needles in a haystack: Try finding American farmers under 35
- American farmers and ranchers are old and they’re getting older, a trend that began at least three decades ago and shows few signs of reversing.
Ky Forward: Service runs deep for three generations of family dedicated to cooperative extension
- As the Cooperative Extension Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, a look at how three generations of families were dedicated to outreach and training.
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