Daily Harvest -- 6/23/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on trade, immigration
- With House and Senate action on a USDA spending bill in limbo, many agricultural stakeholders will be focusing on trade issues this week, with Congressional hearings scheduled on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and on using trade rules to level the playing field for U.S. exporters.
Agri-Pulse (video): EPA Waters of the US Rule: Bob Stallman is Interviewed by Sara Wyant
- Agri-Pulse Editor/Publisher Sara Wyant talks with American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman about EPA¨s proposed ¨Waters of the US¨ rule and what it means for America’s farmers and ranchers.
Agri-Pulse (audio): Programs to develop and market biobased products
- The new farm bill provides more opportunities to expand biobased products made from things like soybeans.
Washington Post: Another Senate dispute puts spending bills in jeopardy
- A fresh fight between Democrats and Republicans over rules regarding amendments broke out in the Senate last week.
CQ Roll Call: Agriculture Research Board Faces Full Slate of Issues
- Agriculture officials will soon name a board of directors for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research that Congress created in this year’s farm bill.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse (audio): Open Mic: Patti Montague, CEO School Nutrition Association
- With the debate heating up between First Lady Michelle Obama and House appropriators over what should or should not be required in school lunches, we asked the CEO of the School Nutrition Association to provide more insight on SNA’s position.
Agri-Pulse: The Next Dietary Guidelines Debate
- The question is whether the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee should continue to focus their review and recommendations on scientific advances in nutrition and diet or should they venture into issues surrounding “sustainability” and all that this term has come to include.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota food companies back group fighting nutrition standards on Capitol Hill
- A special-interest group representing school nutritionists and backed financially by big food companies is pushing legislation that would allow school districts to bypass new lunch rules restricting sodium and requiring more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Bloomberg: Syngenta Seeks to Replicate Seeds Pact With AB InBev
- Syngenta AG (SYNN), the world’s largest maker of crop chemicals, said an agreement to help bolster the supply of barley to beermaker AB InBev NV will be a template for future deals with food and drinks companies.
WPTZ: Yogurt makers picked for school lunch program
- School children in seven states will be eating New York yogurt this fall under a school lunch program operated by the federal government.
Washington Post: Five myths about organic food
- How is organic defined, and is it always the healthiest choice?
Iowa City Press-Citizen: Pot-infused food’s safety becomes a joint effort
- The marijuana in those pot brownies isn’t the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Obama creates task force to stem decline in honey bee population
- President Obama capped off National Pollinator Week Friday by ordering the creation of a federal task force to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.
L.A. Times: Environmental groups file lawsuit to protect prairie chickens
- Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force the federal government to more aggressively protect the lesser prairie chicken.
Helena Independent Record: Conservation groups file first lawsuit against logging designated under Farm Bill
- Two conservation groups made the first legal challenge to a logging operation excluded from environmental analysis and public review under the 2014 Farm Bill.
Reuters: Heavy rains flood U.S. farmers' fields, raise river levels
- Heavy rains across the northern U.S. Midwest this week flooded corn and soybean fields, damaging crops, and raised river levels which could slow some grain shipments by barge for the next two weeks.
Sacramento Bee: Pain of California’s water shortage is spreading
- The water-rights curtailments are the first ordered by [California[ on such a massive scale since the drought of 1976-77.
Associated Press: Coburn’s retirement leads to high-profile Oklahoma GOP primary battle Tuesday
- Tom Coburn's early retirement from the U.S. Senate boosted interest in this year's Oklahoma primary by triggering a Republican primary fight for his seat and opening contests further down the ballot.
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