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Daily Harvest -- 6/4/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Senators introduce bill to overhaul food aid
Link - Senators Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Coons, D-Del., yesterday introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the U.S. food aid program.

The Hill: Overtime in Mississippi Senate?
Link - The heated brawl between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and primary challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) looked headed towards a runoff early Wednesday morning.

Des Moines Register: Joni Ernst wins Iowa GOP U.S. Senate race
Link - Joni Ernst, who highlighted her ability to shoot guns and castrate hogs to overcome disinterest in a sleepy primary election, tonight racked up enough votes to become the first female GOP U.S. Senate nominee in Iowa history.

Wall Street Journal: Senate Confirms Three Obama Nominees to CFTC
Link - Senate lawmakers on Tuesday confirmed all three of President Barack Obama's nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, restoring the top U.S. regulator of swaps and other derivatives to a full slate of commissioners.

Des Moines Register: Food industry mergers concern some ag analysts
Link - The latest round of mergers unleashed in the food industry could just be the start, as a global marketplace and shrinking profits spur more consolidation.

Reuters: Mystery over pig virus origins contributes to spread and anxiety
Link - Veterinarians have criticized the USDA for waiting a year to require farmers to report outbreaks to the government. The agency still has not laid out guidelines for compliance with the new requirement.


Kansas City Star: Derided beef product once referred to as ‘pink slime’ making a comeback
Link - Two years after a frenzy over “pink slime” swept the country, the much-derided meat product the industry calls finely textured beef is quietly rebounding.

Los Angeles Times: Can food stamps help improve diets, fight obesity and save money?
Link - Prohibiting the use of federal food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables with the coupons would improve nutrition, foster weight loss and drive down rates of Type 2 diabetes among the program's 47.6 million recipients, according to a new study.


Agri-Pulse: Pork group opposes Japanese TPP demands
Link - (Audio) Pork, dairy, wheat and rice organizations have called on the Obama Administration to move on with the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations without Japan.

Reuters: U.S. dairy farmers threaten to oppose Pacific trade deal
Link - U.S. dairy farmers and milk processors on Wednesday threatened to oppose a Pacific trade deal if Japan and Canada do not agree to accept substantially more dairy imports.

National Journal: Your Chiptole Burrito, Brought to You by Australia
Link - Australian beef exports to the U.S. have been steadily increasing, and Safeway, Organic Valley, Stop & Shop, and other food suppliers have already turned to sourcing grass-fed beef from Australian farms.

Wall Street Journal: For Brazilian Beef Duo, a Swift Rise
Link - Fueling Pilgrim's Pride Corp.'s sweetened, $6.8 billion bid for Hillshire Brands Co. this week is the outsize ambition of a pair of Brazilian brothers who aim to dominate the global meat business.

New York Times: A Growing Challenge for Germans Who Live by Bread Alone
Link - Industrial-scale baking and advanced freezing technology have made it possible for mass-produced loaves, rolls and pastries to be frozen and shipped around the country to supermarkets, where they can be heated up and sold for a fraction of the price of a hand-thrown equivalent from a traditional bakery.

Chicago Tribune: Cuba experiments with wholesale market for farmers
Link - Cuba opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades on Sunday, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area and the latest market-oriented reform for the communist-run island.


Wall Street Journal: Carbon-Income Inequality
Link - The agency is bidding to transform and nationalize U.S. energy the way ObamaCare is doing to medicine, but in this case without even the pretense of democratic consent.


Rolling Stone: The Other Cannabis War
: The Battle Over Hemp
Link - How a 20-year campaign to distinguish industrial hemp from marijuana scored an epic victory.

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