Daily Harvest -- 5/19/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on Trade, Port Infrastructure
- President Obama has proclaimed this week as World Trade Week, shining a spotlight on several important commerce-related events in and around the nation's capital.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack reportedly subpoenaed in Sherrod suit vs Breitbart
- Lawyers involved in former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod's defamation lawsuit against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart say they have subpoenaed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in the case, according to the Associated Press.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Laura Batcha, CEO of the Organic Trade Association
- (Audio) Batcha speaks of the challenges of growth while maintaining standards and developing an organic "checkoff" that will do as much, or more, than other checkoff programs for commodities.
Agri-Pulse: Crude oil train derailments impact ethanol industry
- (Audio) In the last few weeks there have been two derailments of trains carrying crude oil. Ethanol has been caught in the crossfire despite its nearly perfect safety record in rail transportation, according to Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen.
Denver Post: California cattle, short on food, finding way to Colorado
- California ranchers, despite near-record beef prices, are culling their cattle herds in response to one of the most severe droughts that state has ever faced.
Des Moines Register: Tom Vilsack: Fast track to VP slot?
- Even if Democrat Tom Vilsack isn't interested in speculating about whether he might make an ideal vice presidential candidate in 2016, Joe Biden is.
National Journal: In Arkansas, Obama is a Four-letter Word Hampering Democrats
- Obama is a drag on the Democratic ticket in November, including a race that could determine control of the Senate. Jerry and the gang confirmed that. But there are unique qualities about Arkansas and its candidates that should worry Republicans.
New York Times: What Farm-to-Table Got Wrong
- More than a decade into the movement, the promise has fallen short. For all its successes, farm-to-table has not, in any fundamental way, reworked the economic and political forces that dictate how our food is grown and raised.
ABC News: Schools Seek Upgrades to Entice Healthy Eating
- School districts across the country have made such upgrades in recent years as a way to entice children into healthier eating habits amid higher nutrition standards. But paying for the makeovers poses a challenge for many districts.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: More Americans choosing foods based on healthfulness
- While taste and price consistently have been the top two factors that impact consumers' food and beverage purchases, concerns about “healthfulness” are on the rise, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation's 2014 Food and Health Survey.
Food Safety News: Letter From the Editor: The NSLP Dropouts
- A suburban Chicago school superintendent has obtained permission from his board of directors to withdraw from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Expected Shortfall Gives Sugar a Boost
- The world's sugar glut is melting away. Global production of the sweetener is set to fall short of consumption in 2015, snapping four consecutive years of oversupply, largely due to falling output in top exporter Brazil.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy gaining farmer awareness, participation
- Farmers are increasingly familiar with the state's nutrient reduction strategy and nearly three of four plan to implement practices included in the strategy this year according to a just-completed survey by Agri-Pulse and Iowa Soybean Association.
Baltimore Sun: High court weighs farm record access
- How far can state officials go in blocking public access to records showing how Maryland farms are doing at reducing their pollution of the Chesapeake Bay?
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CNN: Kids deal with vomiting, burning eyes working on tobacco farms
- Called "Tobacco's Hidden Children: Hazardous Child Labor in US Tobacco Farming," the report documents conditions on farms in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. Ninety percent of all tobacco grown in this country comes from those four states.
Times Dispatch: Vilsack says Virginia’s farm industry would benefit from immigration reform
- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Thursday that agribusiness in Virginia would reap major benefits from comprehensive immigration reform and he urged House Republicans to pass similar legislation as the Senate did in 2013.
ABC News: California Republicans Stress Immigration Support
- Republican Rep. David Valadao says he's not worried that Congress' failure to pass immigration legislation will hurt his prospects for re-election to a district in California's agricultural heartland.
Agri-Pulse: Animal rights groups pay Ringling Bros. $16 million
- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with other animal rights groups, are paying a court settlement of almost $16 million to Feld Entertainment Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
CBS News: Blogger accused of exploiting Sen. Thad Cochran's ailing wife
- A judge in Mississippi has kept bond at $100,000 for a conservative blogger who is accused of sneaking into a nursing home and photographing the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran without permission.
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