Daily Harvest -- 5/29/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Oregon county level GMO bans pit farmer against farmer
- (Audio) Last week two Oregon counties voted overwhelmingly to ban the cultivation of GE crops, but the Oregon Farm Bureau notes significant differences between the two measures.
Agri-Pulse: Most back current FDA biotech food labeling policy, survey shows
- While a majority of Americans continue to support the FDA's labeling policy for food produced through biotechnology, the number of those opposed to the policy has increased since 2012, according to the 2014 International Food Information Council survey on “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology.”
Agri-Pulse: Leader Reid’s Adviser Kasey Gillette joins Monsanto’s team
- Monsanto announced today that Kasey Gillette, the senior policy adviser handling agriculture, nutrition and other policy issues in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid since 2009, will join the company as director of government affairs. Gillette will be based out of the Washington, D.C., office.
Washington Post: School cafeteria food fight becomes an all-out food war
- The nation’s school cafeteria food fight escalated Wednesday as lobbying groups, the Secretary of Agriculture and even a group of retired generals weighed in on whether the new federal school lunch program is working effectively -- or needs to be put on hold.
Reuters: Exclusive: Deadly pig virus re-infects U.S. farm, fuels supply fears
- An Indiana farm has become the first to confirm publicly it suffered a second outbreak of a deadly pig virus, fueling concerns that a disease that has wiped out 10 percent of the U.S. hog population will be harder to contain than producers and veterinarians expected.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack on school lunch: ‘Fix it, don’t break it’
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) both struck conciliatory notes Wednesday and told reporters they would be willing to accept compromises beyond the school lunch guideline changes proposed by House Republicans.
New York Times: The Campaign for Junk Food
- By Michelle Obama: But unfortunately, we’re now seeing attempts in Congress to undo so much of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our children. Take, for example, what’s going on now with the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC.
The Hill: Rep. Farr will offer amendment to remove GOP school lunch provision
- Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) will offer an amendment on Thursday to stop the House GOP attempt to allow schools to opt out of Obama administration nutrition standards.
Associated Press: California Chicken Still Linked to Salmonella
- An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken producer continues to sicken people more than a year after it started.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. ag groups urge TPP without Japan
- A coalition of U.S. agricultural groups representing pork, rice, wheat and dairy producers is urging the Obama administration to reach a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without Japan unless Tokyo agrees to provide significant market access for their products.
Wall Street Journal: Milk Prices Fall as Competition for China Market Heats Up
- Global milk prices are falling sharply as producers in New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. ramp up exports to feed the Chinese market.
Wall Street Journal: Argentine Farmers Reap Discontent
- Farmers across this country's breadbasket have battled President Cristina Kirchner's populist government for years. Now their record-setting soy crop is helping to prop up their nemesis, by bringing in the international reserves vital to help her government avoid another currency crisis.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Adding Delay to Immigration Failure
- The New York Times editorial board says there is something ridiculous about the president’s fear of halting a legislative process that has been motionless for nearly a year.
Reuters: Here, piggy piggy: U.S. turns to military gear in hunt for feral swine
- Feral hogs cause about $1.5 billion of damage every year to farm communities and fields, say department officials, and now there are worries they may help spread a deadly pig virus. So the USDA wants to buy thermal scopes that snap onto high-powered rifles to kill the wild beasts.
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