Daily Harvest -- 6/2/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on combating Climate Change
- The Obama administration on Monday will unveil its long-awaited plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants, setting off what's expected to be a wave of legal challenges and legislative counterattacks.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Senator Mike Johanns
- (Audio) As the 2014 farm legislation goes into effect, Johanns comments on his view of new and existing programs. He also talks about expanding agricultural trade and the factors that limit the ability of negotiators to strike advantageous deals with Asian and European nations.
Agri-Pulse: More pushback on EPA’s proposed WOTUS rule
- (Audio) Concerns continue to be raised about the proposed regulation defining “waters of the United States.” More than 70 organizations last week requested more time to file comments, while the House Small Business Committee held a hearing on how it might impact farmers, ranchers and other businesses.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Organic Confusion
- Marshall Matz: Analysts estimate that U.S. organic food sales have reached $35 billion, or over 4% of all the foods consumed at home. While that means 96% of the foods we consume are not “USDA Organic,” 4% is statistically significant.
Wall Street Journal: EPA Power-Plant Proposal Will Seek 30% Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cut by 2030
- The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a draft rule on Monday seeking a 30% reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from existing power plants based on emission levels from 2005.
FOOD & NUTRITION
USA Today: What's behind the food frenzy?
- The ongoing food frenzy comes down to this: buy or be bought. Some major drivers behind the ongoing food fight are listed here.
CBS News: Nursing homes in Germany serve 3D-printed food
- In Germany, a company is using 3D printing technology to make food. Actual, real food that supposedly tastes good.
Washington Post: Genetically modified crops could help improve the lives of millions
- Genetically modified crops have increased the productivity and improved the lives of farmers — and the people who depend on them — all over the world. Now, they are banned in two counties in Oregon.
New York Times: Bad Food in School Cafeterias
- The editorial board says Republicans on a powerful House committee have balked at requiring all schools to serve healthy lunches in the coming school year.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: China Pulls Permits From Some Infant-Formula Makers
- China's food-safety regulators pulled production permits from more than a third of the country's infant-formula makers, pushing for consolidation and greater control in an industry that has suffered quality scandals.
The Diplomat: Can India Reform Its Agriculture?
- Over the last decade, India’s official position in global climate negotiations has been one of opposition to agricultural mitigation.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan
- From China to Norway, Kazakhstan to the Northeastern United States, governments are requiring industries to buy permits allowing them to emit set levels of greenhouse gases.
DTN: Marrying EPA Climate Plan and USDA Conservation Goals
- A primer by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions shows a region of the Plains and Midwest states are the most dependent on coal and would face the biggest challenge changing their energy mix.
Los Angeles Times: Drought yields only desperation
- A farmer had gambled on planting drought-resistant garbanzo beans where there was no longer enough water for tomatoes or onions. Judging by the garbanzo plants' blond edges, it was a losing bet.
Kansas City Star: Capturing every drop: Russell, Kan., learns to live with drought
- Many of the 4,500 people of this central Kansas town are taking showers with buckets at their feet to refresh parched plants outside.
VT Digger: Nolan, Welch propose scenic and sustainable reroute for North Country Scenic Trail
- Ambitious hikers could soon journey the entire 4,600 miles from North Dakota to Vermont under bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Rick Nolan (MN-08) and Peter Welch (VT-AL) to change the original proposed route of the North Country Scenic Trail.
Washington Times: Sen. Thad Cochran promises pork to Mississippi
- Sen. Thad Cochran is closing out the final days of his primary campaign by promising voters that if he’s re-elected he will keep doing what he has done for decades: fighting to make sure that Mississippi gets its “fair share” of the federal pie.
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