Daily Harvest -- 6/5/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack keynotes inaugural ‘Made in Rural America’ forum
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack traveled to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday to deliver the keynote address at the first of five regional forums held by the White House Rural Council aimed at helping rural businesses boost exports.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces CRP sign-up, help for beginning farmers
- (Subscriber only) Farmers and ranchers who wish to sign up for the USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can do so starting on June 9.
Agri-Pulse: In top primary races, Mississippi’s McDaniel holds slight lead over Cochran
- There are some clear winners and losers in the primary elections held in eight states yesterday, while at least one race remains up in the air.
Agri-Pulse: 'Surprising' pig virus dominates World Pork Expo discussions
- Talk about the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) dominated much of the opening day of World Pork Expo, as the industry tries to get its hands around the disease that has killed an estimated 7 million pigs in the past year and threatens to be just as bad in the year to come.
Politico: Thad Cochran, Chris McDaniel barrel toward runoff
- Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran appeared to fall short of claiming the GOP nomination for a seventh term Tuesday, sending the longtime incumbent and his tea party challenger stumbling into a costly runoff election and scrambling the general election landscape in one of the nation’s most conservative states.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: A Fight to Limit Sugary Drinks Enters Its Final Round
- A plan to limit the sale of large, high-calorie beverages, a marquee effort by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, will go before the State Court of Appeals on Wednesday, the city’s final recourse after a Supreme Court judge struck down the proposal last year.
The Economist: The case for eating steak and cream
- Nina Teicholz, an American journalist, makes just that argument in her compelling new book, “The Big Fat Surprise”. The debate is not confined to nutritionists. Warnings about fat have changed how food companies do business, what people eat, and how and how long they live.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: Pig virus disrupts U.S. trade more than expected: USDA official
- The impact of a deadly pig virus on U.S. trade is mounting, with 11 countries limiting imports of live hogs and one banning pork imports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's top veterinarian said on Wednesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Glickman: 'Asteroids' of hunger, climate change threaten Earth
- Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman urged the agricultural community to advocate for increased funding for agricultural research - research that's needed, he said, to avoid the “asteroids” of hunger, climate change and water shortage that are threating the Earth.
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups say navigable is key to EPA water rule
- (Audio) Agricultural organizations are requesting extensions to the comments related to EPA’s proposed rule defining “waters of the US” under the Clean Water Act. They said the term “navigable waters” should still be in the rule.
The Guardian: World not moving fast enough on renewable energy, says IEA
- About $1.6 trillion is invested annually in the global energy supply, but while that represents a doubling of investment since the turn of the century, the amount needs to rise to $2 trillion if the world is to limit global warming to no more than 2C of temperature rises, the energy thinktank said.
Modern Farmer: Is There Such a Thing As Sustainable Corn?
- As the world warms and drought becomes more common, scientists are thinking about how to better farm America’s number-one crop.
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