Daily Harvest -- 7/24/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA names directors for Foundation for Food and Agriculture
- USDA has chosen representatives from 11 universities, including a Nobel Prize laureate, plus officials from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cargill Inc., the chairwoman of the National Corn Growers Association and a former U.S. Agriculture Secretary as board members for the new Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research.
Agri-Pulse: Sen. Roberts Says Kansans see EPA agenda as ‘anti-agriculture’
- Sen. Pat Roberts told EPA chief Gina McCarthy yesterday that many of the people he represents in Kansas believe the Environmental Protection Agency has an “anti-agriculture agenda” that is hurting the state's economy.
Agri-Pulse: Dow and EWG battle over new herbicide safety
- The Environmental Working Group hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill Wednesday where researchers and doctors sought to persuade EPA to reject Dow AgroScience's application for a new herbicide mix called Enlist Duo.
Wall Street Journal: Paul Ryan to Propose Sweeping Consolidation in Antipoverty Pitch
- House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Thursday will propose consolidating up to 11 federal anti-poverty programs into a single funding stream for states, a plan he says will include new work requirements and create more accountability and efficiency in assisting low-income Americans.
Reuters: U.S. grain farmers resort to giant storage bags to avoid cheap sales
- As U.S. farmers turn in record grain crops this autumn, many will have a powerful new tool - giant sausage-shaped storage bags - to help them avoid the lowest prices in years and gain more control over trade with giants such as Cargill Inc.
Agri-Pulse: USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries
- USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Senators debate need for more flexible school meal rules
- Supporters of federally revised school nutrition standards are citing studies and testimonials that children are accepting the healthier food, but the School Nutrition Association (SNA) is requesting more flexibility for its members struggling to finance the changes.
Agri-Pulse: Senate ag committee hearing focuses on school nutrition
- (Audio) The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this week to support nutrition requirements in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which some members of Congress have been trying to scale back.
Time: Have the Feds Made School Food Worse with Government-Approved Junk?
- While most of the controversy lately has focused on the federally-required improvements to nutrition standards for school lunches, getting lost in the shuffle are new standards coming online this fall for school snacks and beverages.
Washington Post: Almost half of America’s obese youth don’t know they’re obese
- The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: House trade leaders look to lame duck for TPA
- A vote on whether to renew presidential “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) likely will be delayed until after the lame duck session of Congress, according to two House members. TPA gives a president authority to negotiate a treaty that Congress must approve or disapprove, but cannot change or filibuster.
New York Times: Food Safety in China Still Faces Big Hurdles
- China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated with an industrial chemical.
Kansas City Star: Meat scandal points to global marketplace concerns
- The food scandal involving a Chinese supplier selling expired chicken and beef should alert consumers worldwide to meat from anywhere being part of the global marketplace everywhere.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: U.S. Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of 'superweeds'
- Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive "superweeds" that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.
Agri-Pulse: Pork producer arrested near Capitol
- A National Pork Producers Council officer is being held in a Washington jail after being arrested today on a firearms violation outside the Cannon House Office Building near the U.S. Capitol.
KTVB: Retired farmer makes cross country journey on tractor
- A retired Pennsylvania farmer is on remarkable coast to coast journey across the U.S. He is making the trip in an 1948 John Deer tractor, and it's all to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Capital Press: Abandoned horses keep flooding overtaxed rescues
- Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession.
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