Daily Harvest -- 6/12/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA, Farm Bureau views clash on 'Waters of U.S.'
- The EPA and the American Farm Bureau Federation presented radically different views of how the agency's proposed definition of “waters of the U.S.” will affect agriculture at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
Agri-Pulse: House debates agriculture spending bill
- The House spent several hours Wednesday debating a $142 billion spending bill for the USDA and FDA for fiscal year 2015, approving a raft of amendments, but adjourned without voting on the measure.
Agri-Pulse: GIPSA rider in House ag appropriations bill
- (Audio) The GIPSA rider would restrict some of USDA’s authority under the Packers and Stockyards Act. There is no such rider in the Senate bill.
The Hill: House boosts funding for school breakfast program
- The House on Wednesday adopted a proposal from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to boost funding for school breakfast equipment grants.
The Hill: EPA’s water rule takes bipartisan beating
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to redefine the scope of its authority over the nation’s waters drew a barrage of criticism Wednesday from House lawmakers accusing the agency on trampling on the rights of states and landowners.
Des Moines Register: Business essentials: Iowa farmland prices dip 2%
- The average price of high-quality farmland in Iowa declined 2 percent to $12,250 an acre in June compared with a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from Farmers National Co., an Omaha-based farm and ranch real estate company.
Wall Street Journal: Corn Prices Fall to Nearly 4-Month Low on Forecast for Record U.S. Crop
- Corn futures slumped to a nearly four-month low Wednesday after federal forecasters reiterated expectations for a record U.S. crop this autumn and projected higher-than-expected global stockpiles.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: The Domino’s Smart Slice Goes to School
- These pies contain fewer of the worrisome ingredients found in regular pizzas. But they also give the students a hefty dose of marketing for the Domino’s brand, and many other companies are following the same path to the lunchroom.
Washington Post: Americans have never had so few options in deciding what company makes their meat
- The top four US beef packers—Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill, and National Beef—control some 75% of the US beef market, according to Tyson, the nation's largest packager.
Wall Street Journal: The Intersection of Low-Carb Diets and Giant Corporate Takeovers
- Increasingly wealthy consumers in emerging economies are piling more meat on their plates and feeding their children more milk products. In the U.S., meanwhile, some health-conscious consumers are replacing carbohydrates like bread and cereal with more animal protein, including meat, yogurt and eggs.
Reuters: California city to consider taxing soda to combat obesity
- An effort to combat obesity by placing an extra tax on sugary drinks was proposed by the California city of Berkeley on Tuesday, bringing a proposal similar to others that have failed in cities across the U.S. one step closer to the November ballot.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
DTN: A Long Row to Hoe on Trade Deals
- A trade hearing held by the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on trade broke no new ground, but Congress needs to have a constant conversation on trade if Trade Promotion Authority is going to get approved in this Congress.
The Hill: Ag groups want Japan in Asia-Pacific trade deal mix
- Agriculture groups argued Wednesday that Japan must remain part of negotiations on a massive Asia-Pacific trade agreement even though they are resisting tariff reductions.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Democrats huddle on immigration push
- Senate Democratic leaders are pushing back against the conventional wisdom that Eric Cantor’s election loss dooms immigration reform this year — arguing he was the primary stumbling block in the first place.
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