Daily Harvest -- 5/9/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Reuters: Vermont becomes the first U.S. state to mandate GMO labeling
- Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law on Thursday, making his state the first in the nation to mandate the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms.
Lawmakers reach final deal on Water Resources Reform and Development Act
- The $8.2 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act could be voted on next week.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA to make historic investment of $78 million for local food enterprises
- US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $78 million to benefit local and regional food systems, such as farmers markets and food hubs, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill.
Chicago Tribune: Suburban school district votes to quit federal lunch program
- A northwest suburban school district is pushing back against the latest phase of the nutritional standards set by first lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The New York Times: Kellogg agrees to change labeling on Kashi line
- As part of the settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit, the Kellogg Company agreed to drop the terms “all natural” and “nothing artificial” from some products in its Kashi line.
The Detroit News: Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive reminds us that many still go hungry
- Postal workers across the nation will band together on Saturday in the United States Postal Service’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
49 Million Americans Go Hungry, Despite So-Called Recovery
- Although the U.S. is said to be in the midst of an economic recovery, the percentage of Americans lacking consistent access to food has been stuck at the same level since 2008.
Agri-Pulse: GE crops solve a lot of problems on the farm
- Former Agriculture Secretary John Block talks about the benefits of GE crops on his farm in Illinois and across the globe.
Cincinnati.Com: Got raw milk? Some people think it's their right
- U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie continues his push to make it easier to get raw milk with what he’s calling a “milk freedom” bill.
Food Safety News: Raw Milk Sample from NY Farm Tests Positive for Listeria
- No illnesses reported yet, but the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed the presence of listeria in raw milk samples taken from a dairy farm.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Thailand Rice Exporters Regain Status After Stockpiling Program Ends
- (Subscriber only) As Thailand’s government ends its controversial stockpiling policy, the country stands to be the second largest rice exporter in the world.
Farm Futures: Ag Gets Win with Vetter Advocating for Trade
- The Senate Finance Committee considered the nomination of Darci Vetter to be the chief agricultural negotiator at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
Global Post: Japan-EU trade talks intensifying over automobiles, farm products
- Talks on a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union are accelerating a year after the launch of formal negotiations, with each side urging the other to eliminate tariffs on automobiles and farm products.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Antibiotic-resistant genes are widespread in nature, study finds
- Findings published Thursday in the journal Current Biology show antibiotic-resistant genes are widespread in nature. They also look at bacterial infections in humans that do not respond to antibiotics.
Agri-Pulse: RFS supporters write to President Obama urging reconsideration of EPA proposal
- Leaders in the nation’s renewable fuel industry wrote to President Obama, asking his reconsideration of a proposal to reduce the renewable content of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Reuters: El Nino chances exceed 65 pct this summer -U.S. weather forecaster
- Forecaster says the chances for the much-feared El Nino have increased over the past month.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Vilsack calls out oil industry for attacking RFS
- A lot of focus has been on the EPA and the Administration, but it’s the oil industry that is causing problems for renewable fuels, the Secretary says.
Obama, Vilsack pushing hard on immigration reform
- The White House and USDA continue their full court press to get a vote on comprehensive immigration reform in the House with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commenting on the issue in recent days.
NPR blog: For many, farming is a labor of love, not a living
- The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that more than half of farmers say the farm is not their primary occupation. Here is a look at what they get – and don’t – from farm life.
The Cap Times: Paul Ryan can shoot skeet, but Minnesota congressman takes top gun honors
- Rep. Collin Peterson named “Top Gun Member of Congress
Farm Industry News: Top 10 technologies for the farm
- Wearable computers, unmanned aerial systems and 3-D printing are among the technologies that could impact farming in the next decade.
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