Daily Harvest -- 6/17/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Iowa firm awarded first license for PEDv vaccine
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued Harrisvaccines Inc. of Ames, Iowa, a conditional license for a vaccine that may help control the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
The Hill: First lady: Students shouldn't pick what they have for lunch
- First lady Michelle Obama on Monday blasted back at critics of her school lunch program, arguing parents should ensure their children eat healthy meals.
DTN: IRS Targets "Passive" Landowners
- The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a landmark tax case last week that would not only set a precedent for absentee landowners with Conservation Reserve Program contracts, but could potentially redefine tax treatment of cash rents, conservation easements and other types of passive income if allowed to stand, farm managers and legal scholars say.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack: Biotech, geographical indications, cloning discussed at 'historic' TTIP meeting
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asked European Union (EU) officials at a “historic meeting” to base agricultural trade talks on “the language of science,” he told reporters on a media call from Luxembourg Monday.
Financial Times: Indonesian dairy seeks to emerge from shadows of larger producers
- Indonesia’s best known exports to Hong Kong and Singapore have long been its lowly paid maids. But now, with backing from commodity group Cargill’s investment fund, one Indonesian dairy company is pushing to ensure that southeast Asia’s biggest economy is better known for its high-quality milk and Mozzarella cheese.
Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea reports new case of bird flu
- An additional outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed, the government said Saturday, dashing hopes that the avian influenza (AI) in the country is under control.
The Vancouver Sun: Dairy giant Saputo won't buy milk from Chilliwack farm where video showed cattle being abused
- Dairy food giant Saputo Inc. is no longer accepting milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales, a British Columbia farm where a number of employees were captured on video beating cattle, and says it is leading the charge for reform in animal treatment.
Modern Farmer: Ukraine’s Under-the-Table Local Food Movement
- After years of brutal starvation under the USSR and a poorly managed transition to private farming after communism, an ad hoc network of local food providers has sprouted in Ukraine.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Conservation Stewardship Program renewal begins in July
- The USDA will begin accepting renewal applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on July 11. Farmers and ranchers that enrolled in the program in 2010 are eligible to apply.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Pollinators - the foundation of our agricultural economy
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa: Among the hardest workers in many farms and backyard gardens is the honey bee, Aphis mellifera. As we recognize National Pollinator Week (June 16-22), it is appropriate that we reflect on the importance of bees to our economy.
Associated Press: Salmon Migrate by Truck During California Drought
- In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean.
USA Today: One dead after twin tornadoes blast Nebraska
- At least one person has died and scores more injured after two tornadoes struck in Nebraska on Monday.
Reuters: Financial, commodities speculation is "intolerable," Pope says
- Pope Francis criticised the wealth made from financial speculation on Monday as "intolerable" and said speculation on commodities was a "scandal" that compromised the poor's access to food.
Roll Call: Roskam-Scalise Whip Race Heats Up, Gets Ugly
- The two front-runners in the race to become the next House majority whip spent the weekend shoring up support with potential allies — and, through staff, taking swipes at each other.
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