Daily Harvest -- 6/10/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Judge orders Vilsack testimony in Sherrod defamation suit versus Breitbart
- (Subscriber only) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will have to provide a deposition in the defamation suit brought by former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled Monday.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces funding availability to create energy from biomass material
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill announces switch to group sow housing
- One of the largest pork producers in the United States is pledging a move from gestation crates to group sow housing citing a desire in the marketplace for housing alternatives.
Agri-Pulse: Update on Farm Bill implementation progress
- (Audio) At the World Pork Expo last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack updated producers on the progress of implementing the 2014 Farm Bill, which began with livestock disaster aid.
The Hill: House spending bill targets EPA’s water jurisdiction rule
- House Republicans’ proposal to fund energy and water programs for fiscal 2015 would block funding for the Army Corps of Engineers to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redefine the federal government’s jurisdiction over water pollution.
The Hill: House adopts funding hike for rural homeless assistance
- The House on Monday gave voice vote approval to a proposal from Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) that would increase funding for homeless assistance grants in rural areas.
Des Moines Register: Branstad: 'Vigilant' defense needed of modern agriculture
- Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that state officials need to remain vigilant in their defense of modern agriculture, but he believes there is room for farmers and citizens to co-exist.
Bloomberg: Soybean Farmers See Rally Ending on Record U.S. Harvest
- Production in the U.S., the world’s largest grower, will jump 10 percent this year to an all-time high of 3.631 billion bushels, and inventories before the 2015 harvest will be double a year earlier, a Bloomberg survey of 25 analysts showed.
Agri-Pulse: Podesta: Obama might veto school lunch waiver
- President Obama would consider vetoing an Agriculture Appropriations bill should the legislation include House GOP-proposed school lunch nutrition waivers, White House senior counselor John Podesta said on Monday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
CNN: Milk money: Dairy prices on the rise
- Milk prices are noticeably higher for Americans this spring versus last year. According to the vigilant price chroniclers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a gallon of fortified whole milk cost $3.69 in April 2014, a 7.5% increase from a year earlier and the highest price since September 2011.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: China stops issuing import permits for U.S. distillers grains –trade
- Quarantine authorities in China have stopped issuing permits for the import of distillers dried grains (DDGs) from top exporter the United States due to the presence in some shipments of an unapproved genetically-modified organism (GMO), traders said.
Wall Street Journal: Pig Virus Raises Heat on Japan’s Farmers
- The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has killed some 7 million piglets in the U.S. in the past year, and more than a million in China since 2010 making clear the need for comprehensive action to stem its spread.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Roll Call: Obamas Try to Save the Bees and Butterflies
- The White House convened a group of bee and butterfly experts in April for thoughts on saving the creatures critical to the environment — and advocates expect the Obama administration to announce an action plan for pollinators this month, timed to coincide with National Pollinator Week, which begins next Monday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Poll Shows Path to Citizenship Is Favored
- While 62 percent of Americans favor a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States illegally, Republican voters are sharply split on the issue going into the November elections, according to a nationwide poll published Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution, nonpartisan research groups in Washington.
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse names Spencer Chase as associate editor
- A broadcast and news editorial journalism graduate of South Dakota State University, Chase is originally from a farm near Wolsey, South Dakota where his family raises crops and livestock.
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