Daily Harvest -- 5/14/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces citrus greening funding, citrus disease subcommittee appointments
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $1.5 million in funding to expand bio-control efforts to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening.
Agri-Pulse: Senate Ag Committee examines risks of high frequency trading
- The Senate Agriculture Committee focused on the world of high frequency trading during a hearing Tuesday where Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow sought to clarify how high speed traders affect agricultural futures markets and whether regulators have the capacity to keep up.
Agri-Pulse: Planting progress moves ahead for potential record crops
- (Audio) USDA is calling for record corn and soybean crops in the first outlook report for the 2014/15 season.
Wall Street Journal: Where's the Fertilizer? Some Farmers Grow Worried
- Major railroad logjams that have delayed shipments of new cars and coal in the U.S. are threatening to keep some farmers in the upper Midwest from planting their crops on time.
Washington Post: Bipartisan Senate plan for transportation funding would keep current spending levels
- The next step in addressing a national transportation funding crisis came Monday night in a U.S. Senate proposal that would continue current spending levels for six years and give state and local governments more autonomy in how they spend federal dollars.
FOOD & NUTRITION
KARE 11: Doctors write kids prescriptions for vegetables
- In an effort to combat obesity, Health Partners and Children's Hospitals and Clinics have a pilot program in the White Bear Lake area in which doctors are writing prescriptions for vegetables during well child visits for five to 12-year-old children.
Daily Yonder: Farmers and Foodies: A Conversation
- A New York-based food-and-culture media site initiates a rare conversation with a mid-sized family farmer from the Midwest. The Daily Yonder's Richard Oswald says he’s not the enemy and that the “foodie” movement needs to do more to help family farmers with anti-trust policy.
New York Times: Potato Heads in the Senate
- Several United States senators are suddenly professing a keen interest in the nutritional needs of low-income women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or raising children under the age of 5. What the women and children need, they have decreed, is more white potatoes.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Missouri Senator says TPA crucial to trade negotiations
- (Audio) Some Republican members of Congress are concerned about the ability of the United States to complete negotiations on either the TPP or TTIP unless the President has Trade Promotion Authority.
Reuters: Populist gains to complicate Europe's free trade ambitions
- Growing support for far-right parties has dominated the run-up to next week's European Parliament elections but a lesser noticed theme is lurking: that protest parties on both right and left will try to scupper EU free trade talks.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Yahoo: Partially Parched: Half of US Is In Drought
- Half of the United States is experiencing drought, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. National Drought Monitor.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Obama: Time running short on immigration
- President Obama on Tuesday said the House has a “very narrow window” of two or three months to move forward on immigration reform.
Roll Call: Nebraska Primary: Lee Terry’s Close Call
- Republican Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska faced an unexpectedly close primary contest Tuesday night but prevailed to claim the GOP nod for re-election in the Cornhusker State.
Associated Press: Tea party favorite wins Nebraska's GOP primary
- The tea party scored a win in Nebraska on Tuesday as university president Ben Sasse captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a bitter race that highlighted fissures within the GOP. Two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia.
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