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Daily Harvest -- 7/10/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Lack of communication is to blame in biotech debate, according to House panel
Link - The heated public debate over genetically modified foods shows the agricultural industry is not doing enough to communicate biotechnology's benefits to society, according to a group of witnesses hosted by the House Agriculture Subcommittee Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture on Wednesday.

Agri-Pulse: Pompeo says bipartisan support for labeling bill will move it forward
Link - Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., remains optimistic about the chances for passage of a piece of legislation he says is misidentified as a GMO bill.

Agri-Pulse: Farm group says McCarthy has poisoned her trip to Missouri
Link - Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said EPA chief Gina McCarthy has “poisoned the well” as far as her visit to the state on Thursday is concerned by calling opponents of the agency's proposed “Waters of the U.S." rule “silly” and “ludicrous.”

Agri-Pulse: USDA disaster assistance programs help farmers in 40 states
Link - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 farm bill.

The Hill: GOP: EPA water rule could harm farmers
Link - House Republicans clashed with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials Wednesday over the agency's controversial plan to regulate small bodies of water, which the GOP says could hurt American farmers.

The Hill: Rep. Graves files bill to stop all EPA regulations
Link - Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would stop every regulation the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently developing and require a review of all existing rules.

The Hill: Panel votes to cut EPA funding, block regulations
Link - A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday that would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) funding by 9 percent while stopping the agency from finishing carbon pollution regulations for power plants.

Associated Press: Ranchers Taking Advantage of USDA Disaster Program
Link - As of July 2, the agency has distributed more than 106,000 payments totaling $1.2 billion in relief funds in three months, the progress report said.


Agri-Pulse: Iowan Tagtow to head USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Angie Tagtow, senior fellow, endowed chair for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, will be the next executive director for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion within USDA. This appointed position reports to USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon.

Des Moines Register: Iowans mixed on food labels
Link - Iowans care about where their food is grown, whether it's organic, made with high-fructose syrup or without GMOs, a new survey from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation shows. But they might not care as much as you'd imagine.

Reuters: Exclusive: Roosters' fertility problem hits U.S. chicken supply, lifts prices
Link - The world's largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.

Washington Post: Drought, disease drive up meat prices
Link - (Video) New York City’s Schatzie the Butcher says meat prices are “really insane,” as drought has driven up the cost of beef and veal while a virus in piglets is causing pork prices to soar.

Wall Street Journal: Quinoa Rides the 'Superfoods' Wave
Link - Quinoa is a titan of the so-called superfoods, a loosely defined collection of produce that advocates claim have extraordinary nutritional benefits, whether it be high levels of antioxidants or omega-3s.


Agri-Pulse: Senate approves Vetter as chief ag negotiator for USTR
Link - The Senate today voted by voice vote to approve Darci Vetter as chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative's Office.

Bloomberg: Ancient Silk Town Paves Way for Japan’s Lost Rice Fields
Link - Tomiyoshi Kurogoushi sighs as he looks over the terraced rice fields in the mountains of central Japan that were tended by generations of his family. Most are now covered in weeds and silver grass.


Agri-Pulse: Business, farm groups hold ‘Day of Action’ on immigration reform
Link - A coalition of leading business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups held a “national day of action” Wednesday to pressure Congress and the Obama administration to work together to enact immigration reform.

Agri-Pulse: Agricultural interests urge immigration reform action
Link - (Audio) A coalition of leading business, manufacturing and agriculture groups held a “Day of Action” for immigration reform this week with events throughout the country.


Bloomberg Businessweek: Inside Monsanto, America's Third-Most-Hated Company
Link - In a Harris Poll this year measuring the “reputation quotient” of major companies, Monsanto ranked third-lowest, above BP (BP) and Bank of America (BAC) and just behind Halliburton (HAL).

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