Daily Harvest -- 5/22/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Stabenow to organic group: 'I have respect for all parts of agriculture'
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told organic industry representatives yesterday that coalition building would be essential to policymaking, warning organic and conventional proponents alike that they would need to lean across the agriculture aisle to achieve legislative successes like the last farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Ag approps bill prompting school lunch food fight
- (Audio) The 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill is becoming a battleground over USDA’s healthier school nutrition program.
Reuters: Rural Oregon voters back ban on GMO crops amid U.S. labeling uproar
- Voters in two small Oregon counties on Tuesday approved controversial ballot measures to ban cultivation of genetically engineered crops within their boundaries, though one measure is vulnerable to legal challenge under a new state law.
DTN: Crop Insurance for Specialty Crops
- The Risk Management Agency hopes attractive new features in a Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policy will aid risk management for diversified specialty crop and livestock producers.
The Hill: Feathers fly over poultry rider in House bill
- Differences between House and Senate Agriculture Department spending bills related to poultry regulations have sparked an intense lobbying battle this week.
Wall Street Journal: Flour-Milling Joint Venture Ardent Gets Provisional Approval
- U.S. antitrust regulators said they would bless a joint venture to create the country's largest seller of wheat flour if the companies involved followed through on plans to sell four mills to a smaller rival.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Hill: Michelle’s meals turn off the kids
- More than a million kids confronted by healthier school lunches are turning up their noses, leaving the cafeteria and heading out to get a burger instead.
Food Safety News: Tufts Researchers and USDA Economist Find ‘Food Deserts’ Pretty Rare
- New research from Tufts University and a USDA economist published by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review casts doubt on the popular theory surrounding so-called food deserts in the U.S.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Sugar, Steel Strain U.S.-Mexico Ties as Kerry Ends Visit
- Disputes over sugar and steel trade between the U.S. and Mexico are straining ties between the countries just as negotiators try to hammer out the details of a Pacific-rim trade pact to further integrate their economies.
Reuters: China imports of distillers grains at record high in April
- China's imports of distillers dried grains (DDGs) hit a record high in April, with bargain-hunting buyers undeterred by government efforts to block shipments that contain unapproved genetically-modified organisms (GMO).
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: EPA announces hypoxic zone partnership with 12 universities
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) task force focused on the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed announced a partnership with 12 land grant universities today.
Politico: Wildland fires pose new budget challenge
- Smokey’s Forest Service ends up competing for dollars with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is charged with addressing what many believe is the biggest disaster of all and a new catalyst for wildland fire: climate change.
Los Angeles Times: Climate change to result in less nutritional food, report says
- Climate change threatens to undermine not only how much food can be grown but also the quality of that food as altered weather patterns lead to a less desirable harvest, according to a new study.
The Hill: Hatch: Environmental movement has ‘stupidest people’
- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said California’s drought is being caused by some of the “stupidest people” because they’re trying to protect the delta smelt.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: House GOP blocks immigration proposals
- House GOP leaders formally blocked a pair of immigration measures from getting a vote on a critical defense policy bill early Wednesday, dealing another blow to the prospects of legislation to rewrite the immigration system this year.
Modern Farmer: The First GMO Field Tests
- From their very first field test in 1987, GMOs have been the subject of intense debate. What we fight about when we fight about GMOs.
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