Daily Harvest -- 7/14/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on International Trade Talks
- Look for trade issues to make headlines this week as U.S. efforts continue to forge two major commercial treaties, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations, and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) with the European Union. Agricultural issues are among the major obstacles in both negotiations.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Phillip Seng, President, CEO of USMEF
- Phillip Seng, President and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation says trade agreements and accepted science are keys to unlock potential additional global meat sales.
Agri-Pulse: Soybean crop seen at record 3.8 bln bushels on acreage
- The U.S. soybean crop will total a record 3.8 billion bushels, up 4.5 percent from the month-ago estimate, USDA said today in a monthly report.
Washington Post: USDA accused of keeping final details of new poultry inspection program a secret
- A member of Congress and several food and worker safety groups are calling for the USDA to publicly release a copy of a proposed rule that would dramatically change how chickens and turkeys are inspected in U.S. slaughterhouses.
Roll Call: Debate Over School Lunch Nutrition Standards Delays Agriculture Spending Bill
- Nutrition standards for school lunches have turned into one of the most contentious issues in this year’s appropriations debate.
Wall Street Journal: Food Prices Vex Fed Policy Makers
- 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?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Corn prices fall near levels that would trigger subsidies
- The U.S. government increased its forecast on Friday for a surplus of corn, raising the prospect that prices will tumble to levels that would trigger subsidy payments to farmers.
Bloomberg: Record U.S. Soybean Production Spurs Storage Space Crunch
- Grain shipper Keith Brandt in North Dakota is worried he’s about to run out of storage space just as rains in the U.S. improve the outlook for a soybean crop that’s already forecast to reach a record.
Reuters: Prices hit multi-year lows as U.S. raises supply forecasts
- Grain prices tumbled to their lowest levels in years on Friday, extending a weeks-long rout after the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected that supplies will significantly exceed expectations.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Organic foods have more antioxidants, U.K. study finds
- Organic crops have higher levels of antioxidants associated with better health than conventional crops, according to a study led by scientists at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.
Popular Science: Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked
- The looming apple campaign is just the latest salvo in the ongoing war over genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—one that’s increasingly contentious.
NPR: Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?
- Foster Farms may now be one of the country's cleanest, safest sources of chicken products. That's according to the USDA, which has been testing chicken parts that are processed at Foster Farms plants.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Importance of trade advisory committee
- (Audio) USDA and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently announced the appointment of new members to agricultural trade advisory committees that provide input on agricultural trade and export matters.
Agri-Pulse: Global demand for farm commodities seen rising through 2023
- Global meat prices will keep rising for the next decade with beef continuing to set record highs. And the production and consumption of biofuels is expected to increase by 50 percent.
The Japan Times: No clear path to TPP without game changer
- Negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative still see no clear path to signing an accord, six months after missing their primary deadline at the end of last year.
Reuters: Rising food output to meet global needs over next 10 yrs - OECD/FAO
- World food output is on track to meet the needs of a growing population after a decade punctuated by supply concerns, the OECD and U.N. food agency (FAO) said on Friday.
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