Daily Harvest -- 5/20/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House panel to consider USDA, FDA spending bill
- (Subscriber only) The House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee on Tuesday will consider a draft bill that provides $142.5 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding for USDA and FDA programs for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
Agri-Pulse: Supply and demand impacting meat prices
- (Audio) USDA’s latest cattle on feed report shows lower numbers. However, the lower cattle inventory is natural leading into higher beef prices, according to USDA economists.
The Economist: Vermont v science
- If they pass, America would have a patchwork of labelling laws, creating a financial and logistical headache. Food firms would have to separate GM from non-GM ingredients, disrupting the whole supply chain. Prices would rise for everyone.
Associated Press: EPA Mulls Ethanol Change as Industry Profits Soar
- Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline.
The Hill: Conservative group key votes against water bill
- The conservative group Heritage Action announced Monday that it will punish lawmakers on its annual scorecard if they vote in favor of an $8.2 billion water infrastructure bill coming to the House floor this week.
Wall Street Journal: The Earmark Ban's Progress
- The earmark ban is producing more spending accountability and oversight. Consider the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which is scheduled for a House vote Tuesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Ground beef recalled for E. coli linked to 11 illnesses
- At least 11 people have been sickened by E. coli bacteria linked to ground beef now under recall by Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Co., according to USDA.
Washington Post: First lady vows to ‘fight’ healthy school-lunch rollback
- Sounding a new aggressive tone, first lady Michelle Obama vowed in a private conference call Monday to fight industry efforts at rolling back healthy school-lunch standards, an issue that could come up for a vote on Capitol Hill this week.
The Hill: GOP takes on Michelle Obama
- House Republicans have inserted language in a new spending bill that allows schools to opt out of tougher nutrition standards for lunch and breakfast programs if they can show the programs lose money.
Food World News: Junk Food just as bad as cigarettes and should be taxed: UN health official says
- Cigarette smoking has long been considered unhealthy, now a United Nations investigator said Monday unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to global health and governments should move fast to tax harmful food products.
The Hill: Dem calls on McDonald's to only use beef raised without antibiotics
- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) on Monday urged McDonald's to primarily source the beef used in its hamburgers from cows raised without antibiotics.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USAID touts progress of global food aid efforts
- President Barack Obama's Feed the Future initiative reached almost 7 million farmers last year by providing access to new technologies and management practices on about 10 million acres of land, according to a progress report released Monday.
Agri-Pulse: Mexico now open for U.S. fresh potatoes
- The Mexican government has implemented its final rule to allow U.S. fresh potatoes to enter all of Mexico.
Reuters: U.S. meat labeling requirements come under fire in appeals court
- The Obama administration's argument for keeping its labeling requirements in place for meat vendors is too broad and would give regulators too much power over how goods are labeled, judges in a U.S. appeals court said on Monday.
Washington Post: Obama to make 500,000 acres in New Mexico off limits to developers
- President Obama will create the largest national monument of his tenure on Wednesday, making nearly 500,000 acres of southern New Mexico off limits to development.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: California drought costs Central Valley $2 billion
- California's drought will cost the state's agricultural economy an estimated $1.7 billion this year and leave some 14,500 farmworkers without jobs, says a preliminary study released Monday by the University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences.
Sacramento Bee: Groups want more time to review Delta tunnel project
- More than 30 conservation groups are asking for more time to comment on the proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Boehner's big immigration decision
- Republican and Democratic advocates see one final, long-shot chance to pass immigration reform this summer, and its fate rests with a Speaker stuck between his party’s resistance and his search for a career-defining legacy.
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