Daily Harvest -- 5/16/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers release WRRDA conference report
- 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
- (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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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’
- 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
- 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.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Organic industry survey shows fastest sales growth in five years
- 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
- 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
- How does food get to your door? We followed a truckload of strawberries to find out.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Congress members want TTIP talks to address EU food name barriers
- 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.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Bee losses decline, but still unsustainable, survey shows
- 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
- 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
- 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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