Daily Harvest -- 7/8/2014
Here's your daily summary of top news from www.Agri-Pulse.com
and other national and regional headlines from across the country.
Do you know of someone who should also be on our list? Please ask them to click here
FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Dairy group asks EPA to pull CWA guidance as comment period ends
- The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has joined several agricultural groups in asking EPA to withdraw its “interpretive rule” concerning Clean Water Act (CWA) permit exemptions for certain farming activities near wetlands.
Agri-Pulse: Congress needs to take action on transportation legislation
- (Audio) Congress is back in session this week after the Fourth of July holiday, but with all the recesses and holidays before the November election there is little time left for them to actually do any work. GROWMARK’s executive director of corporate and government relations Chuck Spencer said Congress needs to act on transportation legislation.
Associated Press: First lady bucks GOP on school lunch rules
- First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet.
Wall Street Journal: Clare Hasler-Lewis on the Future of Agriculture
- The executive director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis, says she sees a steady stream of new farming technologies, practices and ideas that are increasing our ability to use limited resources efficiently—particularly water.
The Oregonian: Oregon agriculture officials say they have no say over GMO food approved by federal regulators
- Oregon agriculture officials say the state has no authority over genetically modified crops once federal regulators deem them safe for commercial use.
Delta Farm Press: Big farm bill decisions coming up for rice producers
- Most observers - and USDA analysts - believe farmers planted more acres of rice in 2014. USDA's June 30 Acreage report said 2014 plantings are forecast up 558,000 acres from last year when growers put in one of the smallest crops on record.
The Hill: Congress returns, more focused on November elections than ever
- Democrats and Republicans are returning to Congress more focused on energizing the midterm electorate than moving legislation.
Washington Post: Reelection bids and a Senate rivalry threaten to derail spending bills
- Election-year politics and personality-driven rivalries have collided in the U.S. Senate to upend what some had hoped would be a cease-fire in the long-running congressional fiscal wars.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers urge closure of chicken company until salmonella outbreak resolved
- (Subscriber only) U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., are calling on USDA to shut down all Foster Farms poultry processing facilities until a year-long salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 600 people in 29 states is under control.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: China's Dairy-Consolidation Push to Spur Deal Making
- A renewed push by the Chinese government to consolidate the country's dairy industry could spur a round of deal making and capital raising in the sector.
Yahoo: Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?
- While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout.
© Agri-Pulse Communications 2016. All rights reserved.
Subscription questions or "Opt Out" from these Daily Harvest emails ? (573) 873-0800 or email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org