Daily Harvest -- 5/28/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack, Stabenow seek 'partners' for new conservation program
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow on Tuesday unveiled a new five-year conservation program that seeks to double a $1.2 billion government investment into $2.4 billion through public-private partnerships.
Agri-Pulse: Senate Ag Committee chair helps announce new conservation program
- (Audio) Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday to introduce the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) with funding included in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Wall Street Journal: Grazing Limits Feed Tension in Nevada
- Early this week, dozens of supporters of the ranchers staged demonstrations to protest grazing policies that they say are overly restrictive, especially in light of recent rains that have turned many hillsides green.
Roll Call: Republicans Set Phoenix Hearing on EPA ‘Water Grab’
- The Obama administration’s move to expand regulatory control over the nation’s rivers and streams has some Republicans from the Southwest boiling mad, with a group of conservatives calling the EPA proposal a “water grab.”
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Global food waste targeted in Think. Eat. Save. campaign
- The United Nations in partnership with a government funded agency in the United Kingdom has released a four-part plan to reduce food waste, which it says amounts to almost $50 billion a year just in the U.S.
New York Times: First Lady Rebuts Effort to Weaken School-Lunch Rules
- Michelle Obama turned uncharacteristically political on Tuesday, pushing back against a measure pending in the Republican-controlled House that would let some schools opt out of federal dietary standards for school lunches.
Financial Times: Meat price hikes to hit summer barbecue appetite
- Barbecue aficionados preparing to fire up the charcoal this summer are in for a shock as the price of pork ribs and steak has jumped over the past year.
Wall Street Journal: Pilgrim's Pride Swoops In on Hillshire
- Buying Hillshire would give Pilgrim's, one of the largest chicken producers in the U.S., something it lacks: a portfolio of brand-name prepared meats, including Hillshire's namesake lunch meats and Aidells sausages, as well as Sara Lee desserts.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: Ukraine Faces Hurdles in Restoring Its Farming Legacy
- After the breakup of the Soviet Union, farmland in newly independent Ukraine was divided among villagers, acre by acre, creating a patchwork of agricultural endeavors that are often inefficient or unprofitable.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Making cents of sustainability
- Sustainability has gone mainstream. No longer just the province of environmentalists, conservationists or government regulators, sustainability is becoming a part of everyday life for major retailers, consumers and agricultural producers.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Conservation easements, a chance to save America’s best farmland
- Our country's population is projected to increase by at least 75 million in the next 50 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration reformers ask Obama for time
- A growing chorus of immigration groups is sending the same message to President Barack Obama: No executive action until August at the earliest, to allow Congress time to act.
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