Daily Harvest -- 7/3/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA issues rule aimed at keeping RINs market liquid
- The EPA today issued a rule designed to maintain liquidity in the market for the renewable identification numbers, or RINs, established under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS.) A second rule was issued listing additional fuels that can qualify for RINs and certifying corn kernel fiber as a “crop residue.”
Agri-Pulse: WTO decision on COOL confidential for now
- (Audio) The World Trade Organization (WTO) has reportedly made a decision on the case brought by Mexico and Canada against the United States on County of Origin Labeling law, but it may be some time before we know what it is.
Statesman Journal: More than 155,000 signed Oregon GMO labeling initiative
- Backers of a petition initiative to require labeling of GMO foods delivered 155,611 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State today – nearly twice the number needed to qualify for the November ballot.
Public Radio International: The future of agriculture may be too small to see. Think microbes
- Thin filaments of fungi form a dense network between the roots of most of the world's food crops. Some researchers believe that working with such microbes rather than against them, as has often been the case in conventional agriculture, will help the world grow more food with less environmental impact.
DTN: Nebraskans Question FSA Livestock Disaster Payment Formula
- Nebraska's congressional delegation has written Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to request a change in the way Farm Service Agency calculates disaster payments under the Livestock Indemnity Program.
Bloomberg: Cotton Boom Goes Bust as Rain-Soaked Texas Crop Sets Glut
- The cotton market went from boom to bust in less time than it takes a farmer to grow a single boll.
Wall Street Journal: Bigger Crops, Falling Prices Help Cut Global Hunger This Year
- Bigger crop harvests and falling grain prices are helping drive a significant reduction in global hunger this year, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: The crucial FDA nutrition label battle you probably don’t know about, but should
- The FDA proposed the addition because, simply put, the American diet has become too saturated in sugar, and sugar, as it turns out, is too often added, rather than inherent, in foodstuffs.
Christian Science Monitor: Philadelphia food truck explosion: How safe are mobile kitchens?
- Food trucks are big business in the US, but an explosion at a Philadelphia food truck that injured at least 11 people has raised questions about the safety of kitchens on wheels.
Time: The Insane Reason We Waste $162 Billion on Food
- Knowing when to throw out milk that’s gone sour or bread that’s grown mold is a no-brainer, but for many of the foods we eat, it’s not nearly as obvious when we shouldn’t eat them, and manufacturers often don’t make it any easier.
Los Angeles Times: University of California launches effort to reduce world hunger
- The University of California system is launching an effort to expand research and outreach to help reduce world hunger, improve nutrition and aid farmers coping with climate change, officials announced Tuesday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Japan Times: TPP nations set to meet in Ottawa as U.S. pushes for deal
- Officials from the 12 countries involved in a Pacific free trade initiative will seek to advance their stalled talks during a meeting in Ottawa starting Thursday, following U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for an agreement on the framework by November.
Reuters: As storage overflows, China expected to scrap corn stockpiling
- China is expected to scrap its corn stockpiling scheme by as early as next year as it battles to reduce mammoth state reserves that account for more than half of global stocks.
Reuters: Chinese woman charged in plot to steal U.S. corn technology
- A Chinese woman has been arrested and charged with trying to steal patented U.S. seed technology as part of a plot to smuggle types of specialized corn from farm fields in the U.S. Midwest for use in China, authorities said on Wednesday.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Rapid City Journal: US providing $50M for Red River Basin conservation
- The U.S Department of Agriculture will provide up to $50 million over the next five years for conservation programs in the Red River Basin in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Democratic Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced Wednesday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Vox: America is running out of farm workers. Will robots step in?
- The United States is likely to face a serious shortage of farm labor in the years ahead — especially as Mexico gets richer and sends fewer low-wage workers our way.
Washington Post: Protesters in California block busloads of immigrant children and families
- In downtown Murrieta, about 70 miles north of San Diego, hundreds of protesters shut off access to a nearby Border Patrol station in Riverside County, waving American flags, shouting “go home” and holding signs that read “stop illegal immigration” and “illegals out.”
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