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Daily Harvest -- 5/16/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers release WRRDA conference report
Link - After announcing an agreement last week, House and Senate negotiators released details of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).

Agri-Pulse: Illinois Congressman pleased with WRRDA conference report
Link - (Audio) Water Resources Reform and Development Act conference member, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis, is pleased with the final bill released this week that will soon be voted on by both chambers.

Agri-Pulse: Advanced biofuel companies ask Obama to reconsider proposed RFS rule
Link - Almost three dozen advanced biofuel companies, led by the Advanced Ethanol Council and Biotechnology Industry Organization, sent a letter to President Barack Obama to express the industry's concern about the proposed rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Agri-Pulse: Farm income, land values soften in Federal Reserve's Tenth District
Link - Tighter profit margins for crop producers were a drag on farm income in the Federal Reserve Bank's Tenth District during the first quarter of 2014, reports the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's quarterly Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions. However, the livestock sector showed improved profitability.

Agri-Pulse: Farmer Veteran Coalition launches Homegrown by Heroes label nationwide
Link - The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) announced today the national launch of the Homegrown By Heroes label initiative.

Agri-Pulse: GOP opposition blocks Wyden's bill extending tax breaks
Link - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says he'll keep pushing for Senate passage of an $84 billion tax cut bill, which failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday amid Republican opposition.

Politico: FCC vote: Net neutrality with a ‘fast lane’
Link - Passions about the future of the Internet were running high Thursday as the FCC approved Chairman Tom Wheeler’s controversial net neutrality proposal — with critics saying it could lead to a world of online haves and have-nots.

The Hill: Senate panel approves $265B highway bill
Link - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a plan that would spend $265 billion on transportation projects over the next six years — if Congress can come up with the money.


Agri-Pulse: Organic industry survey shows fastest sales growth in five years
Link - According to the latest survey on the organic industry from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), sales of organic products in the United States had their fastest growth rate in five years.

Newsweek: Aquaponics Revives an Ancient Farming Technique to Feed the World
Link - Aquaponics combines plant cultivation and fish farming: Fruits and vegetables are grown in water reservoirs that also house fish. The fish waste fertilizes the plants, and they, in turn, clean and filter the water.

National Geographic: Go East, Young Men
Link - How does food get to your door? We followed a truckload of strawberries to find out.


Agri-Pulse: Congress members want TTIP talks to address EU food name barriers
Link - A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives today asked the Obama administration to use the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) talks with the European Union (EU) to address export barriers, specifically for food names.


Agri-Pulse: Bee losses decline, but still unsustainable, survey shows
Link - Honey bee colonies in the U.S. had fewer losses over this past winter than in recent years but the losses are still too high for the pollinator population to be sustainable, according to an annual survey of beekeepers by USDA.

Los Angeles Times: Depletion of Central Valley's groundwater may be causing earthquakes
Link - For years, scientists have wondered about the forces that keep pushing up California's mighty Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, causing an increase in the number of earthquakes in one part of Central California.

Associated Press: Fed survey: 23% of bee colonies died this winter
Link - Nearly one out of four American honeybee colonies died this winter — a loss that's not quite as bad as recent years, says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of beekeepers.

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