Daily Harvest -- 6/6/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack says mandatory PEDv reporting necessary to battle deadly pig virus
- (Subscriber only) Saying the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) must be dealt with aggressively, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined a new mandatory reporting program for the disease that has killed an estimated 7 million pigs in the past year.
Agri-Pulse: Questions about PED need answers
- (Audio) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced federal actions on Thursday to deal with PED virus in hogs, but the question of how the deadly disease got into the country in the first place remains.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces funding to combat pig virus
- In response to the significant impact porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) are having on U.S. pork producers, USDA today announced $26.2 million in funding to combat these diseases.
Agri-Pulse: USDA summer meal program begins as participation jumps
- The USDA starts its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) this week with plans to provide meals to millions of low-income children during a period when they don't have access to school breakfasts or lunches.
Agri-Pulse: AFBF, NFU join wheat industry biotech pledge
- Organizations representing wheat producers and millers in Australia, Canada and the United States confirmed their support for the future commercialization of biotechnology for the crop today.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack announces nearly $30 million to fight fatal pig disease
- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that the federal government would pump $26 million into fighting a deadly pig disease that's killed an estimated 8 million pigs in a year.
Reuters: U.S. hog losses from virus at about 8 million, but rate slows
- Hog losses on U.S. farms from a deadly virus have slowed, reaching about 8 million head currently after hitting 7 million around February, an economist with a leading pork industry group told Reuters.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA farmers market opens for 19th year as local food movement grows
- For the 19th straight year, the USDA will open its Farmers Market just off the National Mall in Washington on Friday, amid signs that the local food movement is more than alive and well.
Wall Street Journal: Lower Milk, Cereal Prices Bring Down Global Food Tab
- Upbeat news for food shoppers: the cost of meals is likely to fall as improving supply prospects for a variety of food groups from cereals to dairy improve.
Wall Street Journal: Food-Waste Recycling Faces Hiccups
- More states want to recycle their food waste instead of dumping it into landfills, but they have run into a snag: The infrastructure needed to turn huge quantities of table scraps into fertilizer or electricity isn't ready.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
RT News: World needs UN GMO watchdog – Russia
- Russian lawmakers advocate creation of an international UN agency not only to strictly control the turnover of GMO products worldwide, but with a top priority mission to scrutinize how consuming GMO foods would affect human health in the long run.
The Economist: Shooting the Moon
- If building wind farms at sea is difficult and expensive, installing turbines beneath the waves is far more so. Currents batter them; salt corrodes them. Yet Britain’s coasts have become a playground for engineers and entrepreneurs intent on producing electricity from the tides.
Reuters: Some Pacific trade partners aim for deal in coming months: source
- Some Pacific trading partners are aiming for a deal on a regional free trade zone as early as the next few months, sources close to the negotiations said, although others caution a pact is still a long way off and see the U.S. elections as a wild card.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Storms Follow Bugs as Florida Orange Crop at 29-Year Low
- After a disease-spreading bug wreaked havoc on Florida citrus groves this year, growers like Maury Boyd are seeing a new threat from the weatherman that would mean “pure hell” for orange-juice supplies.
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