Daily Harvest -- 5/21/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack announces action to combat forest-threatening insects and diseases
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced action to help 94 national forest areas in 35 states to address insect and disease threats that weaken forests and increase the risk of forest fire. He also reiterated the need for a fire funding solution as the projected cost of fighting wildfire exceeds this year's budget.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces support for Biomass Crop Assistance Program
- Agricultural producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass into clean energy will soon be able to apply for support through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces targeted assistance to help break rural poverty cycle
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $15 million in targeted assistance will be provided to help farmers, ranchers and private forest owners in rural areas of 20 states that experience “persistent poverty.”
Reuters: Deadly pig virus likely to ease in US by year-end - OIE chief
- A deadly pig virus that has decimated herds in the United States and sent prices rocketing is likely to subside before the end of this year as the causes are being identified, the head of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.
Associated Press: House Approves $12 Billion-Plus Water Bill
- The House passed the closest thing so far this year to an infrastructure bill — a $12 billion-plus bipartisan measure authorizing 34 water projects, ranging from flood protection in California and North Dakota to deepening the Port of Savannah and widening a Texas-Louisiana waterway that services the oil industry.
Wall Street Journal: Schools Get a Break on Government Food Restrictions
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture loosened a rule Tuesday on some whole-grain foods that was expected to apply to the school-meals program starting this coming school year, after local education officials complained that the regulations were impractical.
The Hill: House panel cuts school nutrition standards
- The House on Tuesday moved forward with legislation aimed at exempting some schools from lunch nutrition rules that have been a part of first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity initiative.
Washington Post: Some in GOP would allow schools to opt out of nutritional standards for students’ lunches
- There is concern that students are discarding a lot of (healthy) food. These complaints have resulted in a push for waivers to the law’s requirements if schools claim they are having financial difficulties, a proposal a House subcommittee approved on Tuesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Associated Press: USDA Delays Whole Grains Requirement For Schools
- The Agriculture Department will allow some schools to delay adding more whole-grains to meals this year, responding to criticism from school nutrition officials and Congress that the standards were too difficult to put in place.
Los Angeles Times: Oxfam prods 10 largest food and drink firms on climate change
- The group sought to spell out the many worldwide costs of climate change in a report it released Monday calling on the globe's 10 largest food and beverage companies to intensify their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Delmarva Now: Perdue's next frontier: organic
- Perdue, like most companies, is expanding its offerings to meet growing customer interests. Because of that, organic chicken is currently the chicken producer's biggest growth area.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: NFU president talks about marketing opportunities in China
- (Audio) Eight State Department of Agriculture leaders and representatives from more than two dozen agriculture and biofuels organizations and companies have just returned from a weeklong USDA trade mission to China with the goal of opening new export market opportunities. Much of the trip was focused on ethanol.
Reuters: Trade ministers see headway on trans-Pacific pact, but thorny issues remain
- Ministers from 12 nations trying to create a trans-Pacific trade pact said on Tuesday they have regained momentum for resolving the thorny issues of tariffs and market access, though they were unable to reach a final agreement.
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