Daily Harvest -- 6/24/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces new measures to help beginning farmers
- USDA on Monday announced the implementation of policy changes and measures authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill designed to help new farmers and ranchers get started in an occupation where the average age is 58 and rising.
McClatchy Newspapers: Supreme Court narrows rules on curbing greenhouse gases
- A fractured Supreme Court on Monday limited, but didn’t eliminate, the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate certain greenhouse gas emissions.
Kansas City Star, editorial: Vote ‘no’ on Missouri ‘right to farm’ amendment in August
- Amendment 1 is a concerted effort to shield factory farms and concentrated agricultural feeding operations from regulations to protect livestock, consumers and the environment.
Wall Street Journal (subscriber only): Railroad Regulator Presses for Faster Grain Shipments
- U.S. regulators ordered two railways to detail their plans to speed shipments of grain, amid a monthslong backlog that has frustrated farmers.
Washington Post: Do bees freak you out? Well, President Obama wants to keep them around.
- If you're rooting for bees to disappear, you might want to reassess. There are people in high places who are on their side.
FOOD & NUTRITION
USA Today: Thousands more students to get free lunch next fall
- Thousands more students could be eating school lunch completely free starting next fall, thanks to a four-year-old federal program that is finally expanding to all 50 states.
Wall Street Journal (subscriber only): Food Makers' Secret Ingredient: Less Salt, Fat
- Food and restaurant companies are under increasing pressure to make products healthier, but sometimes they don't want customers to know when they have cut the salt or fat.
Wall Street Journal: Observations From L.A., Ground Zero of Gluten-Free Eating
- To test Angelenos’ knowledge of gluten, Jimmy Kimmel sent a staffer out to interview people who claim to be on a gluten-free diet. None of the people shown on camera could accurately describe what gluten is.
New York Times: A Brand Highlights Its Natural Bona Fides, and Taste
- Barbara’s is introducing a print advertising campaign that promotes its cereals and snacks as being as toothsome as popular supermarket offerings, but more healthful.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: Monsanto Said to Have Weighed $40 Billion Syngenta Deal
- Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s largest seed company worth $64 billion, recently explored a takeover of $34 billion Swiss rival Syngenta AG (SYNN) in a transaction that would have allowed the U.S. firm to move its tax location to Switzerland.
Christian Science Monitor: Mississippi Senate runoff: Can black voters save Thad Cochran?
- Both the Cochran campaign and outside groups supporting him have conducted outreach into the black community – including through black churches – that has raised eyebrows.
Reuters: Despite concessions to U.S. farmers, Big Data giants still in control
- In the tussle between U.S. farmers and Big Data purveyors, farmers are winning some control over details about crop and growing conditions on their land, but most data sellers are retaining ultimate say over how they can use the information that could be worth billions of dollars.
CNBC: Frankenstates: Winning the agriculture tech war
- Farming states may not be making semiconductors or writing software code, but research in soil conservation, pesticides and genetics is geared toward innovation in the farm fields and is every bit as cutting edge in its own way as anything coming out of Silicon Valley.
Associated Press: Rural clinics turn to telemedicine
- Although so-called telemedicine has been around for at least two decades, the practice is fast becoming a standard feature in many small communities, even as other public services such as police and fire protection decline.
Wall Street Journal: AT&T Pushes Rural Service Expansion in DirecTV Deal
- On Tuesday, AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson will argue at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that its proposed $49 billion takeover of DirecTV will bring broadband options to at least 13 million people who currently have limited or no access to the service in rural areas.
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