Daily Harvest -- 6/3/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Agricultural community reacts to EPA greenhouse gas proposal
- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said today the Obama Administration's latest greenhouse gas proposal would harm the nation's rural economy if implemented.
Agri-Pulse: EPA plan targets carbon pollution from power plants
- The Environmental Protection Agency released its draft proposal for cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants - the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S.
Food Safety News: White House Releases Spring 2014 Regulatory Plan
- The White House has released its “Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” for Spring 2014.
West Hawaii Today: GMO ban, research at odds?
- Hawaii County set itself apart from much of the rest of the state in December by effectively banning the large biotech seed companies that have become a major, though controversial, part of Hawaii agriculture.
Portland Tribune: GMO fight in Southern Oregons shifts to courts, fields
- With the passage of Measure 15-119, there will be no more GMO farming in Jackson County. Opponents say while the vote is over, the debate is not.
Kansas City Star: New carbon emissions rules provide flexibility in Missouri, Kansas
- Under the proposal, Missouri would have to reduce its carbon emissions by 21 percent by 2030, while Kansas would cut emissions by 23 percent.
Los Angeles Times: Tobacco industry once had high hopes for marijuana business
- Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at UC San Francisco show that major companies in the cigarette industry investigated joining the marijuana business in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
New York Times: Taking Page From Health Care Act, Obama Climate Plan Relies on States
- President Obama’s new plan to fight climate change depends heavily on states’ devising individual approaches to meeting goals set in the nation’s capital, a strategy similar to the one he used to expand health care, often with rocky results.
Washington Post: Cochran, McDaniel campaign in Mississippi showdown
- Facing the political challenge of a lifetime, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran campaigned with leading figures of Mississippi’s Republican establishment and cast himself as a reliable opponent of President Barack Obama on Monday on the eve of a primary showdown with tea party-backed rival Chris McDaniel.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack kicks off Feds Feed Families food drive
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack officially kicked off the Sixth Annual Feds Feed Families food drive Monday, encouraging federal workers in the nation's capital and across the country to donate food for shelters, food banks and pantries.
National Journal: It's Time to Protect School-Cafeteria Workers From Their Own Food Fight
- It takes a lot of work to damage or even come close to ruining the image of the people who make lunch and breakfast in schools throughout the United States. But their own organization, the School Nutrition Association, is taking a good stab at it.
New York Times: Study Examines Efficacy of Taxes on Sugary Drinks
- A new study of how taxes might be used to curb consumption of sugary drinks suggests that applying a tax based on the amount of calories contained in a serving rather than its size would be more effective.
New York Times: Fighting Deadly Disease, With Grains of Rice
- Yoshikazu Yuki and other researchers at the University of Tokyo are bioengineering rice in a bid to turn it into an easy and low-cost storage and delivery medium for drugs to combat common infectious and contagious illnesses.
Washington Post: Plea deal calls for egg company to pay $6.8M fine
- An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for selling old eggs with false labels for years as well as the tainted products that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010, according to a plea agreement released Monday.
Washington Post: Kids hate school lunches? Let them eat cake.
- No taste for whole-grain bread? Let them eat cake. Also pizza, french fries, doughnuts, chicken nuggets and whatever else American children’s prematurely cholesterol-clogged hearts desire.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA forecasts record ag exports this year
- (Audio) USDA has increased the projection for agricultural exports this year by nearly $7 billion, to a record $149.5 billion.
Global Meat News: US food safety association flags up potential negatives of TTIP
- Food safety in the meat industry could be negatively affected by the result of the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between the US and the European Union, according to the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in the US.
Wall Street Journal: Japan to Import Emergency Butter Shipment
- The Japanese diet is known for traditional staples such as rice, fish and miso soup. But make no mistake, Japan also consumes lots of that most Western of food products — butter.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: The growing pains of cover crops
- Dr. Ryan Stockwell, senior agriculture program manager at National Wildlife Federation: ften, innovations in science and technology take place long before government has a chance to respond and adapt.
New York Times: Counting Each Drop: Corporate Concern Mounts About Water Supplies
- As droughts and floods become more frequent and extreme around the world, companies from food and beverage makers to the mining and energy industries are beginning to scrutinize their operations for vulnerability to water problems that could increase their costs or disrupt production.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Capital Press: Labor shortage estimate alarms Washington officials
- Tree fruit growers, the Washington Farm Labor Association and the state Department of Agriculture are concerned about an April jump in a monthly estimate in a shortage of seasonal labor.
Los Angeles Times: FAA to consider allowing drones for movies
- The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it would consider a request by several companies to use drones for filming movies and TV shows.
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