Daily Harvest -- 6/3/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers: 'Precarious' farm financial situation proves case for farm bill
- When commodity prices were hitting record highs a couple of years ago, farm bill critics often made the case that it was finally time to make deep spending cuts or eliminate farm subsidies altogether.
Agri-Pulse: WHO cancer agency to classify more pesticides
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization that recently categorized the herbicide glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans, plans to release its reviews of more pesticides used in agriculture this month.
Reuters: U.S. meat, wine among Canada's targets in label fight: minister
- The Canadian government is likely to target beef, pork, California wines, mattresses, cherries and office furniture, possibly along with other goods, from an earlier list of three dozen U.S. products, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in an interview.
Wall Street Journal: FDA Clears Way for New Curbs on Antibiotics Given to Farm Animals
- The FDA on Tuesday issued a set of guidelines for veterinarians who will soon be responsible for prescribing antibiotics for animals destined for the dinner plate, marking a key step in ending the practice of distributing those drugs over the counter.
Toledo News Now: Panel to study proposals for Great Lakes fish farming
- Department of Environmental Quality officials said in March they'd heard from two operators interested in raising rainbow trout in netted enclosures in Lakes Michigan and Huron.
New York Times: Republicans Resist F.C.C. Proposal for Lifeline Broadband Subsidies
- Republicans pushed back on Tuesday against a plan from the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to subsidize broadband Internet for poor Americans.
Science Daily: New information changes few opinions on GMOs, global warming
- First impressions are important. So much so that even armed with new information, many people won't change their minds about genetically modified foods and global warming, a new University of Florida study shows.
Agri-Pulse: Hydropower could double by 2030 as renewables displace coal
- (Subscriber only) Hydropower from dams across the country provided a third of the nation's electricity in the 1940s. Today those dams still generate 7 percent of U.S. electricity, enough to power more than 20 million homes.
Agri-Pulse: Advanced ethanol industry challenges President to implement RFS as intended
- (Audio) The future of the advanced biofuels industry is threatened if the lower volume obligations proposed by EPA last week are made final. The Advanced Ethanol Council believes it’s up to President Obama to make sure that the RFS is implemented as intended.
Star Tribune: Battles over climate change and oil pipelines coming to a head on 3 fronts in Minnesota
- Environmental groups will stage a "Tar Sands Resistance March" to the State Capitol on Saturday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will decide whether the separate Sandpiper pipeline from the North Dakota oilfields is needed and American Indian tribes that feel shut out of the discussions will hold their own pipeline hearings.
Wall Street Journal: Exxon Wants to Use Trucks to Move Oil After California Spill
- Exxon Mobil Corp. plans to ask Santa Barbara County, Calif., this week for permission to temporarily transport its crude oil in trucks after a pipeline it was using burst two weeks ago, spilling more than 100,000 gallons of oil off the coast.
Reuters: Environmentalists sue over Shell plan to drill in Arctic
- Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Seattle Times: Federal eateries join effort to curb animal antibiotic use
- The White House said Tuesday that many federal cafeterias serving government workers will start serving meat and poultry from animals raised with fewer antibiotics. The directive would apply to all of those civilian government restaurants within five years.
Wall Street Journal: Fat is Back...The Rise of Creamy Yogurt
- The unabashedly full-fat yogurts are thicker, creamier and, executives say, more satisfying than the long-popular low-fat versions. And to many people, full-fat also tastes better.
Phys.com: Startup offers antibiotic alternative to animal producers
- A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections.
Merced Sun-Star: Most Americans could eat locally, UC Merced study shows
- Most Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes, according to a new UC Merced study.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: How China’s Taste for Milk Actually Hurt the Value of New Zealand’s Cows
- New Zealand’s milk industry shows how commodity-producing countries across the world are struggling after having overestimated demand from China’s fast-growing economy.
Indian Express: IMD forecast: 66 per cent chance of ‘deficient’ rain
- The Met department said on Tuesday that the country was likely to get only 88 per cent of the normal rainfall this monsoon season, down from the 93 per cent forecast it had made a month earlier.
Wall Street Journal: Oil Industry Takes Aim at Coal, Pushes Gas Ahead of Climate-Change Talks
- Europe’s largest oil companies came out forcefully against coal, taking aim at a competing fossil fuel as they push cleaner-burning natural gas ahead of climate-change talks.
New York Times: Chevron and North Sea Rivals Race to Keep an Oil Region Relevant
- Along with other Big Oil players that make Aberdeen, Scotland, their North Sea hub, Chevron had let its aging offshore operations become inefficient, even though there’s plenty of oil left.
New York Times: Push for Colombians to Stop Farming Coca Falls Short
- The effort has suddenly gained new urgency, given the government’s decision last month to halt a longstanding American-backed campaign to kill coca crops with aerial spraying.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: California water usage posts big drop
- The average reduction in water use in urban areas climbed to 13.5% in April from 3.9% in March—though it still fell short of a statewide target of 25% amid the state’s ongoing drought.
LA Times: California agriculture: It's worth the water
- (Opinion) California's economy is incredibly diverse, much like its topography, its climate and its population. That's a significant benefit when you're the eighth-largest economy in the world. And agriculture is a key part of that diversity.
LA Times: Drought saps $2.7 billion from California economy, report says
- The drought is on track to dry up $2.7 billion in revenue and erase more than 18,600 jobs from the California economy this year, according to a preliminary report.
ABC News: The Latest: State to Use Satellites to Eye Unplanted Fields
- State water officials say they will use satellite surveillance from high above farms in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as one way of confirming that fields have been left fallow under voluntary conservation agreements with farmers.
Des Moines Register: USDA: Iowa's overlooked clean water partner
- (Opinion) Today, we are called the Natural Resources Conservation Service, but our mission remains basically the same. Given Iowa's current clean water debate, I would argue this 80-year-old mission is just as relevant.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Des Moines Register: Mississippi workers find ice cream, not bird flu jobs
- About 75 workers from Mississippi came to northwest Iowa, looking for work cleaning up poultry facilities stricken with bird flu.
Fox News: Ohio cancels poultry shows at fairs amid bird flu outbreak
- All poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state have been canceled this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus, the state's agriculture department announced Tuesday.
Daily Meat: The USDA Created a New S’mores Recipe, But Will Anyone Bite?
- In an effort to promote healthier American snacking habits, the United States Department of Agriculture has created a new “alternative” recipe for s’mores that bears little resemblance to the summer staple.
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