Daily Harvest -- 6/16/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on Waters of U.S. 'Interpretive Rule'
- Agricultural stakeholders will be closely following a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on Thursday as it reviews the “interpretive rule” included in the EPA's proposal for redefining the waters of the U.S. that fall under its jurisdiction as specified by the Clean Water Act.
Agri-Pulse: Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
- After a failed attempt to bring legislative change in carbon emissions through the US Congress in 2009, President Obama is now using the regulatory arm of the EPA to bring about a major reduction in carbon emission from fossil fueled power plants.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: EPA Power Regulation & Impacts
- Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh discuss new EPA regulations and whether they will cause energy costs to rise or create more jobs to grow the economy.
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups pleased with comment extension on WOTUS rule
- (Audio) Agricultural organizations are pleased with the extension of the comment period for EPA’s proposed “waters of the US rule,” which gives them a longer period of time to convince the administration of the harm it could cause them.
Argus Leader: Farm bill is the focus of ag education effort
- South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University each are getting close to $50,000 in federal money to help educate farmers and ranchers about the farm bill.
Telegraph Herald: Organic agriculture attracts new generation of farmers
- Agriculture trade groups have developed programs, including training and financial incentives, aimed at attracting young people. But many new farmers are motivated primarily by the desire to show that mainstream methods aren't the only way to grow food.
The Hill: EPA delays compliance with renewable fuel standard
- Petroleum companies will get a breather from latest round of renewable fuel standard, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again delaying the deadline for compliance with the 2013 standards.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Ad Week: Riding Shotgun With Food Truck King Roy Choi
- We’ve arranged for a ride-along with the hipster god of the L.A. food scene that will have us spending the day skipping across town and popping by his various ventures—including the Kogi BBQ truck that virtually started the food-truck craze and made him a sensation.
USA Today: Ben and Jerry's says goodbye to GMOs
- What's rolling off the production line in St. Albans is an old flavor with a new name and new ingredients as the iconic ice-cream maker transforms all of its 50 flavors to non-genetically modified ingredients and Fair Trade certification.
Los Angeles Times: 4,000 pounds of beef, some at Whole Foods, recalled over fears of mad cow disease
- More than 4,000 pounds of beef, some of which made its way to Whole Foods stores, were recalled Wednesday over fears of possible contamination with substances that could lead to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as mad cow disease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sacramento Bee: When school lets out for summer, hunger begins
- For a lot of kids, the sound of school's final bell signals fun and freedom. But it leaves many students wondering from where their next meal will come.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. nears equivalence agreement for organics with Korea
- The U.S. and Korea recently completed discussions related to an equivalence arrangement for processed organic food products, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today. The countries are now in the process of finalizing the text of the arrangement.
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack to travel Europe and speak on importance of TTIP
- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be traveling through Europe next week in hopes of discussing the expansion of agricultural trade and the importance of agriculture's role in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Reuters: Dog treats, piglet virus focus of U.S. panel on China
- Incidents ranging from Chinese dog treats pulled from U.S. pet stores to the virus that has killed millions of American piglets has raised concerns about the safety of food and feed imports from China, lawmakers said on Friday.
DTN: China Ban Causes DDG Prices to Plummet
- A recent announcement by China that it would stop issuing permits for imports of U.S.-produced dried distillers grains has wreaked havoc on the market, sending DDG prices on an unprecedented downward spiral.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: Grazing on federal land under threat because of drought
- Years-long drought has pummeled millions of acres of federal rangeland in the West into dust, leaving a devastating swath from the Rockies to the Pacific.
Cleveland.com: Ohio renewable energy and efficiency rules frozen for two years as Gov. John Kasich signs legislation
- Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed into law -- without comment -- controversial legislation that freezes state rules requiring electric utilities to sell more power generated by wind and solar and to help customers use less electricity.
Bismarck Tribune: Ranchers, agencies knuckle down to work of helping sage grouse
- Tucked out there in those grasses and flowers in a pasture far from the house are the most tender and potentially valuable plants on the ranch. They are hundreds of big sage brush seedlings plugged into the dirt two years ago in an effort to re-establish the natural range of this once prolific plant.
Narratively: The Not-So-Simple Life
- The farm-to-table frenzy has thousands of urbanites trading in their desks for the idylls of agriculture. But one eager young couple learns the hard way that organic utopia is easier dreamed than achieved.
Breitbart: Poll: Chris McDaniel Shoots Up to Eight-Point Lead over Thad Cochran
- A new poll from WPA Research shows conservative Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel has shot up to an eight-point lead, outside the margin of error, over Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) a little over a week from the runoff election.
MLive.com: 18 baby goats headed for slaughter after urban farming idea rejected in Detroit
- Idyll Farms hoped to start a goat farm in Detroit but officials rejected the idea, calling it an illegal violation of zoning laws. Eighteen goats from the company's herd in Northport arrived in Detroit June 6. They were removed the following day at the demand of city officials.
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