Daily Harvest -- 7/2/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Online tool helps farmers weigh preliminary options in Farm Bill
- The Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University has released a preliminary version of a 2014 Farm Bill decision-aid tool for farmers.
Agri-Pulse: North Dakota lawmakers seek genotyping center in Fargo
- The three members of North Dakota's congressional delegation are urging the National Corn Growers Association to house the new National Agricultural Genotyping Center in Fargo, on the North Dakota State University (NDSU) campus.
Agri-Pulse: USDA moves forward with crop insurance changes
- The U. S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) filed an interim rule with the Federal Register, allowing USDA to move forward with changes to crop insurance provisions, as authorized in the 2014 farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Attention on the weather for crops
- (Audio) USDA is now estimating planted corn acreage this year is the lowest since 2010, while soybean acres are at a record high. Chief Economist Joe Glauber said all acres for 17 crops are the highest since 1997.
The Hill: EPA to reach out to farmers on water jurisdiction rule
- Environmental Protection Agency officials are planning to meet with farmers and agricultural interests this summer about their proposal to redefine the extent of the federal government’s water jurisdiction, starting with a visit next week to Missouri.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: The hot dog days of summer
- Special homage to the delicacy is reserved for the Fourth of July, when, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), 150 million hot dogs will be consumed. That's enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times.
New York Times: Nutrition Group Lobbies Against Healthier School Meals It Sought, Citing Cost
- When the Obama administration in 2012 announced long-awaited changes to require more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and salt in government-subsidized school meals, no group celebrated more than the School Nutrition Association.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Associated Press: More Torrential Rain Worsens Midwest Flooding
- More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation's busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town for the fifth time in less than a decade.
Des Moines Register: Storms pack a lethal punch
- Punishing thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail assaulted Iowa for a second straight day Monday, killing at least one man and leaving a teenager missing, flooding streets, destroying property and battering weather-weary residents.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Wall Street Journal: Industries Switch Focus to Piecemeal Approach to Immigration
- Industry groups that have pressed for new immigration laws are trying to determine whether they can salvage smaller, narrowly drawn relief for their businesses from the collapse of the broad immigration legislation in Congress.
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