Daily Harvest -- 6/26/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Independent bankers question the ‘farm’ in Farm Credit System
- A hearing Wednesday morning on credit availability in rural America turned into a discussion on whether or not the Farm Credit System (FCS) is still serving rural customers.
Agri-Pulse: NSAC provides USDA with farm bill-related climate change recommendations
- On the one-year anniversary of the President's Climate Action Plan, the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition (NSAC) announces the availability of its document, “Climate Change and Agriculture Recommendations for Farm Bill Conservation Program Implementation.”
Associated Press: USDA gives initial approval to pig virus vaccine
- The federal government has given conditional approval to the first vaccine licensed to fight a deadly pig virus.
KTVB: Agriculture security lawsuit heard in federal court
- Attorneys for both sides met in U.S. District Court in Boise Wednesday for a lawsuit over Idaho's agriculture security statute.
Associated Press: Pot farmers have ‘right to farm,’ officials say
- The Oregon law that protects the customary farming practices of producers of grains, vegetables, fruits and livestock makes it hard to pass nuisance laws against marijuana growers, Jackson County officials say.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Reps. DeLauro, Slaughter urge USDA to declare salmonella an 'adulterant'
- House food safety stalwarts Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. yesterday introduced legislation that would give USDA power to recall any meat, poultry or egg product contaminated by pathogens associated with serious illness or that are antibiotic resistant.
Agri-Pulse (audio): Tom Vilsack speaks out on school meals and nutrition
- A disagreement over nutrition spending and the school lunch program could further stall legislation to approve the fiscal year 2015 budget to fund both the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Agri-Pulse: Fourth of July barbeque costs to reach all time high
- This Fourth of July, Americans will pay more for their backyard barbecues than ever before.
AdWeek: Chipotle's Australian Beef Imports Anger Texas Agricultural Industry
- Chipotle says it can’t find enough beef in the U.S. that meets its standards, so it has to go overseas.
Wall Street Journal (subscriber only): Meatless Burgers Make Their MLB Pitch
- Before a recent New York Mets game, players filed into their home dugout to participate in an unusual pregame warm-up: acting as taste-testers for a new plant-based protein burger.
Wall Street Journal: Butter Makes Comeback as Margarine Loses Favor
- Changing views of nutrition are turning butter into one of the great comeback stories in U.S. food history.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse (subscriber only): Soybean farmers want U.S. to put ‘teeth’ in trade talks
- The American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on U.S. lawmakers and the Obama administration to take a tougher stance with trading partners including China and the European Union on their resistance to U.S. biotech exports.
Agri-Pulse (audio): Senate panel addresses trade enforcement issues
- The Senate committee on Finance this week heard about the importance of trade enforcement to level the playing field for businesses.
Washington Post: U.S. Export-Import Bank chief faces heat from Republicans in House hearing
- The head of the U.S. Export-Import Bank defended the agency against charges of cronyism and ineffectiveness Wednesday, telling a House panel that the embattled bank’s work is essential to the health of the American economy.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Luis Gutierrez: Immigration reform prospects dead
- In a fiery floor speech Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat – the leading congressional advocate on the issue – declared the prospects for reform dead this year and said the only option left is for President Barack Obama to take unilateral action to stem deportations.
KENS 5: H1N1 case confirmed at Lackland AFB
- KENS 5 has confirmed a case of H1N1 at Lackland AFB where 2000 undocumented children are being held.
New York Times: With History in Mind, Black Voters in Mississippi Aided Cochran
- Race relations have improved over the last 45 years, and African-Americans made a coordinated effort to keep Mr. Cochran in office out of concern that his challenger, Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party favorite, would be less inclusive.
Agri-Pulse: Correction: June 25, 2014 Edition of Agri-Pulse
- In the June 25, 2014 edition of Agri-Pulse, we quoted the Center for Responsive Politics data which indicated that the American Farm Bureau Federation's Political Action Committee (PAC) donated $7,500 to Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign. The American Farm Bureau Federation does not have a PAC.
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