Daily Harvest -- 7/7/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on Highway Trust Fund
- There may be lots of talk on Capitol Hill this week, but not necessarily legislative action, on a highway trust fund bill. Agricultural stakeholders are especially interested in how an amendment offered by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., may fare.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Ray Gaesser, President American Soybean Association
- (Audio) As President of the American Soybean Association, Iowa’s Ray Gaesser participated in the discussion of developing a unified voice on issues of biotechnology, sustainability and global acceptance of new production technologies among global oilseed consumers.
Argus Leader: Strains linger in relationship between farmers, EPA
- Agricultural producers argue they know the best way to take care of their land -- not only to maximize production, and if they’re lucky to make a profit, but also to preserve the acreage they depend on to survive.
TDN-Net: Activists submit signatures for GMO measure
- Proponents of a ballot measure to require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Oregon said Wednesday they’re turning in more than 155,000 signatures — far more than needed to qualify the measure for a statewide vote in November.
Wall Street Journal: House Centrists in Both Parties Are Under Attack
- The GOP is targeting Minnesota Rep. Peterson, whose district voted for Romney in 2012; Democrats do the same to 14 Republicans.
Bloomberg: Corn Avalanche Coming as Rain Trumps U.S. Planting Slide
- Like many growers across the Midwest, Long expects a second straight record crop that will boost domestic stockpiles already at a four-year high.
New York Times: Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists
- A deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PEDv, is estimated to have killed, on average, more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the pork industry.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: As Food Prices Rise, Fed Keeps a Watchful Eye
- U.S. food prices are on the rise, raising a sensitive question: When the cost of a hamburger patty soars, does it count as inflation?
The Boston Globe: Berkshires aspires to be food mecca
- This region in western-most Massachusetts, often overshadowed by other New England travel destinations, wants to change that and build a brand as recognizable as Napa, Vermont, and the Cape.
Los Angeles Times: Berkeley City Council may put sugary drink tax before voters
- The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday evening is scheduled to vote on whether to put a tax of 1 cent per ounce on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages before voters on the November ballot.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Cotton council officials at WTO meeting
- (Audio) National Cotton Council officials recently participated in meetings in Geneva, Switzerland with World Trade Organization officials and ambassadors.
Wall Street Journal: In Japan, Idled Electronics Factories Find New Life in Farming
- Amid troubled times in the Japanese electronics industry, Fujitsu shut one of the three chip-making lines at the plant in 2009. Now, in a sterile, dust-free clean room that once built the brains of high-tech gadgets, Mr. Miyabe and a staff of about 30 tend heads of lettuce.
The New Indian Express: Crop Insurance Scheme Planned to Fight Vagaries of Weather
- In an attempt to address the age-old issue and what could be called a great solace for thousands of farmers in the state, the Department of Agriculture is all set to implement a comprehensive crop insurance scheme.
Bloomberg: Farms Fatten Pigs With Stale Bread in Japan to Cut Costs
- Japan burns or buries 3.3 million metric tons of commercial food waste every year. Then it imports 10 million tons of corn to feed animals, more than any other country.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Christian Science Monitor: Endangered species listing an issue in Western senate races
- An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.
Los Angeles Times: California drought imperils a dream
- For the first time in the more than half a century that the federal government had been diverting Sierra Nevada water to farmers, there would be no deliveries to most Central Valley irrigation districts. In the third year of drought, there wasn't enough water to go around.
Des Moines Register: FAA says drones for commercial usage illegal
- Real estate joins agriculture, filmmaking and journalism as one of the industries finding new ways to use the small unmanned aircraft and pushing the legal limits of their use.
Missoulian: Drones being considered as a tool to fight wildfires in the West
- The wildfire drone conversation comes on the heels of a national reminder about the human cost of firefighting after one of the deadliest seasons in recent memory.
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