Daily Harvest -- 6/5/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: June 5, 2015
- (Video) The House and Senate returned from Memorial Day Recess to a long list of project to complete before their August break. First on that list? Trade Promotion Authority.
Agri-Pulse: US could be hit with about $3 billion in retaliation in COOL dispute
- Canada and Mexico are seeking the go-ahead from the World Trade Organization to impose just over $3 billion in tariffs against U.S. exports in retaliation for losses they claim to have suffered because of U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements.
Agri-Pulse: APHIS: Avian flu vaccines must meet 'additional criteria' before emergency use
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has opted not to allow the emergency use of certain vaccines with the potential to fight highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), citing trade and efficacy issues with available drugs.
Agri-Pulse: Antibiotic use top issue at World Pork Expo
- (Audio) Antibiotic use in livestock was the topic of the week at the World Pork Expo after the White House recently vowed to fight antibiotic resistance.
Agri-Pulse: EPA: No evidence of 'widespread, systemic' impacts of fracking on drinking water
- An EPA draft assessment finds that hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not resulted in widespread systemic impacts on drinking water resources.
Bloomberg: Kuwait, U.A.E. Happy With Market Strategy: OPEC Reality Check
- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will stick to its strategy of favoring market share over prices when it meets in Vienna on June 5, which means the 12 nations will maintain a group production target of 30 million barrels a day.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Subway is latest food chain to remove artificial ingredients
- Subway announced today it will remove artificial ingredients from its menu by 2017, making the sandwich shop the latest fast food chain to commit to menu changes in favor of simpler ingredients.
NPR: Trader Joe's Ex-President Opens Store With Aging Food And Cheap Meals
- One nonprofit grocery store in Boston stocks its shelves with mostly donated food from wholesalers and markets that either didn't sell or was surplus. Eventually, the grocery store Trader Joe's plans to get food from them too.
TIME: You Asked: Can I Scrape Mold Off of Food and Eat It?
- Believe it or not, you can eat food with fuzz, but only when it comes to certain stuff.
Digital Trends: How many calories are in that sundae? Google will tell you with the snap of a picture
- Google’s new “automatic food diary,” called Im2Calories, uses a combination of image recognition and comparative analysis to identify meals from average-definition photos.
USA Today: 12 iconic food companies on the decline
- Twelve of the 52 companies in the packaged foods and meats and beverage industries, including Nabisco owner Mondelez (MDLZ), General Mills (GIS) and Coca-Cola (KO), posted lower revenue in the past twelve months than they did in 2013.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: House GOP short of votes, but optimistic on fast-track trade bill
- (Subscriber only) Republicans remain short of votes to pass the fast-track trade bill despite getting additional commitments from conservatives this week and help from President Obama, who personally lobbied Democrats to back the measure.
Agri-Pulse: WTO upholds ruling in favor of U.S. against India's poultry bans
- The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body announced today that it supports the United States in a trade dispute challenging India's ban on various U.S. agricultural products, particularly poultry.
U.S. News & World Report: GOP-led House votes to maintain restrictions on travel to communist-led Cuba
- The Republican-controlled chamber voted 247-176 to keep a Cuba-related provision in a transportation funding bill that would block new rules issued in January easing travel restrictions to Cuba and allow regularly scheduled flights for the first time.
LA Times: Islamic State reduces water supply to government areas in Iraq's Anbar province
- Islamic State militants have reduced the amount of water flowing to government-held areas in Iraq's western Anbar province, officials said Thursday, a move that highlights the use of water as a weapon of war and puts more pressure on Iraqi forces struggling to claw back ground held by the extremists in the Sunni heartland.
FAO News: FAO Food Price Index falls to its lowest value since September 2009
- Major food commodity prices declined again in May, hitting an almost six-year low as cereal prices fell substantially amid a favorable outlook for this year's harvests.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: New coalition aims to plant 1 million pollinator gardens
- Dozens of conservation and gardening organizations have joined together to form the National Pollinator Garden Network while issuing a challenge to the nation to plant 1 million additional pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.
Cornell Chronicle: Leap of faith proves pollination can be honeybee free
- Researchers and managers at Cornell Orchards in Ithaca, a 37-acre research and outreach site, have proof that pollination can be done commercial honeybee free.
LA Times: Farmer David 'Mas' Masumoto's drought insight: Less water yields more flavorful peaches
- The author and organic farmer has just sold the last box of his "organic, ugly, fabulous" Gold Dust peaches and Rose Diamond nectarines, varieties that ripened early and came in small in this drought year.
LA Times: It's not just California's drought, it's America's
- (Opinion) Pretending water use is just California’s problem will not wash that hard truth away.
Stanford News: Crop adjustments may lessen climate change's economic effects, Stanford economist says
- An associate professor of economics at Stanford argues that because of agriculture's small share in total gross domestic product for nations around the world, the impact of crop adjustments on global GDP could be considerably smaller than expected.
Washington Post: UN says China to make pledge for climate treaty this month
- China is expected this month to formally submit its pledge for a global climate treaty that countries are seeking to finalize by December, the United Nations’ top adviser on climate change said Thursday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
LA Times: Baja farmworkers win pay hike in landmark deal, but fall short of goal
- A volatile farm labor strike that crippled exports from one of Mexico’s key agricultural regions ended Thursday night with an unprecedented accord that boosts wages as much as 50% for thousands of laborers in Baja, California.
New York Times: Poll finds big support for pathway to citizenship
- With presidential contenders on all sides struggling to refine their positions on the prickly issue of immigration, nearly three-quarters of Americans say they support a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants.
Wall Street Journal: Washington State Fruit Grower Hit With $2.25 Million Immigration Fine
- Broetje Orchards in Washington state, one of the country’s largest apple growers, has agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants. The fine is one of the largest ever levied against an agricultural concern.
Reuters UK: Monsanto plots pricey Syngenta comeback amid growing skepticism
- U.S. agrochemicals firm Monsanto Co and its advisers are working flat out to accommodate Syngenta's qualms about regulatory hurdles to a deal whose perils may well outweigh the rewards.
Reuters: Former Texas Governor Perry launches bid for U.S. president
- Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Thursday he will pursue the Republican presidential nomination again in 2016, seeking redemption for a fumbled White House bid in 2012 and adding to a crowded field of conservative candidates.
Wall Street Journal: G3 Global Considering Up to 10 New Grain Elevators, Two New Port Terminals
- G3 Global Grain Group is considering building up to 10 grain elevators and two new port terminals in Canada to accommodate growing exports of Canadian wheat and canola, particularly to Asia, its top executive said.
Wall Street Journal: Where the Buffalo Roam: ‘Dances With Wolves’ Ranch Heads to Auction
- Up for sale are roughly 46,000 acres of South Dakota’s Triple U Ranch, which has been featured in a number of commercials and movies. The ranch’s herd of buffalo, numbering about 1,500, is available for sale separately.
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