Daily Harvest -- 5/27/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on agriculture spending bill
- With the Senate in recess all week, agricultural stakeholders will be focused on the House Appropriations Committee, which meets on Thursday to consider the FY 2015 spending bill for USDA and the FDA.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rodney Davis
- (Audio) Davis says WRRDA is primarily a jobs bill and predicts it will shorten the approval process for new projects from fifteen to three years. However, it remains an authorizing bill that does not yet have appropriations to construct or repair any waterway or port.
Agri-Pulse: Military perspective on Healthy Hunger-free kids program
- (Audio) USDA launched a new offensive last week in the battle over the Healthy Hunger-free kids program, bringing in military leaders to emphasize the importance of healthy diets for young people.
Agri-Pulse: Spill prevention control provision in WRRDA
- (Audio) The Water Resources Reform and Development Act passed by Congress last week includes a provision to ease the burden of EPA’s spill prevention control rule.
Agri-Pulse: S.D. Supreme Court denies ABC appeal in Beef Products Inc. case
- The South Dakota Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from television network ABC challenging a lower court's refusal to throw out Beef Products Inc.'s (BPI) lawsuit.
Agri-Pulse: U.S. Meat Export Federation paints optimistic picture for U.S. exports
- The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) presented a positive outlook for U.S. meat exports, bringing more than 125 members and international buyers together during the organization's board of directors meeting in Kansas City, Mo., this week.
Reuters: U.S. watchdog group seeks probe of proposal to cut biofuel mandate
- A government ethics watchdog on Thursday asked for an investigation into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to cut federal biofuel use targets for 2014.
The Economist: Digital disruption on the farm
- Farmers can be among the most hidebound of managers, so it is no surprise that they are nervous about a new idea called prescriptive planting, which is set to disrupt their business.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: First lady gets moving against House measure to let school districts duck lunch mandates
- First lady Michelle Obama is set to take an unusual, high-profile step Tuesday into the center of a legislative battle by delivering White House remarks taking issue with makers of frozen pizzas and french fries and other companies seeking to scale back school lunch standards.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Don’t Turn Your Back on GMOs Yet, Adviser Urges China
- A stream of public criticism from retired military officials against China’s rising engagement with genetically modified food doesn’t amount to institutional hostility against the science, a senior adviser to Beijing’s cabinet said.
Reuters: U.S. swaps watchdog seeks more comment on proposal to curb speculators
- The U.S. derivatives watchdog asked on Thursday for more industry comments on a proposed rule to curb speculators in commodity futures markets.
The Hill: US, EU make progress, but no deadline for trade pact
- U.S. and European Union trade negotiators said Friday that they made progress this week during their fifth round of talks, but acknowledged there is still no deadline to complete a final deal.
Agri-Pulse: Breanne Brammer joins Agri-Pulse as summer intern
- Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce the appointment of Breanne Brammer as a summer intern through the American Agricultural Editor's Association.
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