Daily Harvest -- 6/18/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Tax incentive for conservation easements gains traction
- (Subscriber only) Advocates for a tax incentive aimed at helping owners conserve farmland, woodlands and open spaces passed an important milestone Tuesday - gaining support from 219 cosponsors - a majority -- in the House of Representatives.
The Hill: Senate advances first 2015 Appropriations bill
- The Senate advanced its first 2015 Appropriations bill in a procedural vote Tuesday. The Senate voted 95-3 to end debate on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4660, the House Commerce and Justice Appropriations bill.
The Detroit News: Michigan companies promote their bio-based products in Washington
- Michigan companies specializing in bio-based manufacturing flocked to Capitol Hill Tuesday to shine a spotlight on new financial incentives for businesses to go green.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: World Food Prize Laureates address seed industry
- (Audio) Two World Food Prize laureates, both professors at Purdue, shared their thoughts on what the seed trade industry can do to help feed the growing population at the ASTA annual meeting in Indianapolis last week.
Huffington Post: The FDA Is About To Release Its Plan To Reduce Salt
- Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
RT: Ben & Jerry’s joins Vermont’s fight for GMO labeling
- As Vermont gears up to defend its first-in-the-nation labeling law concerning food that contains genetically modified organisms, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is teaming up with the state to help raise money for the cause.
Reuters: U.S. consumer prices show inflation ticking up
- U.S. consumer prices recorded their largest increase in more than a year in May as costs for a range of goods and services rose, likely easing the Federal Reserve's concerns that inflation was running too low.
Bloomberg: Beef Reaches U.S. Record as Rancher Sees More Gains
- U.S. ground-beef prices are up 76 percent since 2009 to the highest on record, after a seven-year decline in the herd left the fewest cattle in at least six decades, government data show.
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.
Agri-Pulse: Hong Kong lifts restrictions on US beef exports
- The United States and Hong Kong have agreed on new terms and conditions that pave the way for the full range of U.S. beef and beef product exports to Hong Kong - consistent with access prior to December 2003, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Financial Times: WTO warns of creeping protectionism
- G20 economies have introduced more measures to restrict trade than encourage it over the past six months even as the global economy has seen a faltering recovery in both growth and trade.
Associated Press: Vilsack in Europe to Make US Case on Farm Trade
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has come to Europe to make the U.S. case on disputed issues in farm trade, as the Obama administration and European Union negotiate a new trade and investment agreement.
Los Angeles Times: Wal-Mart triples spending on food safety in China
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday it will triple its spending on food safety in China by the end of 2015 after criticism of its operating procedures and a reported mislabeling of donkey meat.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
National Journal: California Is Feeding Its Bees Artificial Nectar to Keep Them From Starving
- In a good year, California produces more honey than any other state. But the Golden State hasn't seen a good year in almost four years.
NPR: In The Making Of Megafarms, A Mixture Of Pride And Pain
- According to the latest census of American agriculture, released this year, there are two million farms in America. But just four percent of those farms account for two-thirds of all agricultural production.
New York Times: In Mississippi, Largess Helped a Senator, Until It Hurt Him
- Senator Thad Cochran’s critics may disparage him as the “King of Pork.” But to the local politicians in the booming suburbs here in northwest Mississippi, just south of Memphis, it is good to be in the realm of the king.
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