Daily Harvest -- 7/22/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Fruit growers with 2012 losses can sign up for disaster aid
- Fruit growers who experienced serious crop losses due to extreme weather conditions in 2012 but did not have crop insurance can now apply for government assistance under a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Agri-Pulse: NCGA hears from EPA official on WOTUS and RFA
- (Audio) The deputy administrator of EPA addressed members of NCGA at a meeting in Washington, DC last week regarding proposed rules for “waters of the United States.”
Agri-Pulse: PACS pave the way for greater political influence in Rural America
- Based on reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in 2013 and 2014, there are 7,025 federal PACs trying to influence candidates and their campaigns.
Agri-Pulse: O’Malia to resign from CFTC
- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Monday that Commissioner Scott O'Malia will step down later this month.
Des Moines Register: The Register's Editorial: It's time for Congress to require GMO labeling
- A fight is brewing between America's consumers and the giant businesses that grow and manufacture our nation's foods. At issue is the use of so-called GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, in those foods.
Roll Call: Rural America: The Forefront of Innovation
- Rep. Bob Latta: These regions are critical to our sustainability and should not be neglected when considering policies that promote job creation, investment and innovation.
Washington Post: 2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges
- The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.
Des Moines Register: Study: Iowa ag residue could play big role in energy production
- Crop residue and manure from U.S. agriculture producers could generate a significant amount of clean fuels and electricity in 2030, with Iowa poised to be the biggest contributor, according to a study released Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Study Finds Elementary Students Like New Healthier Lunches
- When the federal government implemented new school-meal regulations in 2012, a majority of elementary-school students complained about the healthier lunches, but by the end of the school year most found the food agreeable, according to survey results released Monday.
USA Today: McDonald's, Yum can't ignore food scare reaction in U.S.
- The expired meat scandal in China is giving fast-food executives around the globe indigestion. It's also giving U.S. consumers reason to ask: Can the same food-safety lapse happen here?
Wall Street Journal: A Bold Frontier in Food: The Millennial Mom
- The Campbell Soup Co. CPB +0.48% boomed alongside the boomer generation, earning a place in both its casseroles and its avant-garde art. And now, Campbell is not just going after millennials: it’s going after millennials who are also moms.
Denver Post: Caldwell: Unintended consequences of Colorado GMO labeling initiative
- Of all the places one might expect to find a hotbed of opposition to a GMO labeling initiative, the Denver Urban Homesteading market would be an improbable choice.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Africa: Beyond the Tipping Point
- Marshall Matz: Africa's unique green revolution, with its focus on smallholder farmers, is now moving beyond the tipping point. And as smallholder farmers make the transition from subsistence farming to successful entrepreneurs, the continent's green revolution will fundamentally change the face of Africa.
Wall Street Journal: Phony Fears on Trans-Atlantic Trade
- A U.S. diplomat rebukes green misinformation on U.S. food products.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Garnering the trust of the Google generation
- The Google Generation looks at trust issues virtually through their screens rather than physically across the fence or the counter. They support Ronald Reagan's famous maxim when he dealt with the Soviet Union: Trust but verify.
Agri-Pulse: EPA releases proposal to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay from mining development
- (Subscriber only) EPA today issued a proposal to protect Bristol Bay in Alaska from development of large scale copper and gold mine.
Los Angeles Times: First six months of 2014 were warmest in California's history
- The first six months of 2014 were the hottest ever in California, according to the National Weather Service.
Capital Journal: Busy Bees: South Dakota’s migrant workers make honey & money
- South Dakota annually ranks among the top honey-producing states in the nation, in large part due to the constant migration of bees and their keepers. Thousands of beekeepers from across the country make their way through South Dakota.
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