Daily Harvest -- 7/25/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA and CoBank create rural infrastructure fund
- USDA and CoBank announced today a partnership to create a $10 billion fund to improve rural infrastructure and “break down the silos” that previously stood in the way of collaboration.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Corn Farmers Face a Cash Crunch
- Tumbling corn prices are sowing fears that many U.S. farmers will suffer their first losses in years and the agricultural economy could face its first sustained slump in a decade.
Wall Street Journal: Cotton Prices at Lowest in Nearly Five Years, as Poor Demand Expected
- Cotton prices tumbled to their lowest in nearly five years on Thursday, as a weaker global economic outlook reinforced expectations of poor demand.
OregonLive.com: Merkley vs. Wehby on the issues: The farm bill
- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Republican challenger Monica Wehby discuss their respective positions on the farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Nitrogen fertilizer market nearing saturation after shale gas boom
- The U.S. nitrogen fertilizer market will soon reach a point of saturation, according to a new Rabobank report.
Portland Press Herald: LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements
- Gov. Paul LePage announced that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without fulfilling work requirements.
Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Witnesses tell House panel SNAP needs reforms
- A House Agriculture Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, took a closer look at the $80 billion SNAP program.
The Hill: Ethanol mandate: Going up?
- Minn. Sen. Al Franken says White House adviser John Podesta has indicated the administration plans to raise the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply.
Agri-Pulse: Grains Council promoting ethanol exports
- Grains Council expert provides overview of organization’s plans to promote ethanol exports in key markets with the help of Growth Energy and USDA’s FAS.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Reuters: China probes food businesses; Hong Kong bans imports in meat safety scare
- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands.
NPR: Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?
- A journalism professor and writer says there’s little evidence that fraud is widespread, but USDA, which oversees the organic program, is now putting more resources into preventing it.
Forbes: A Food Waste Reduction Movement Gathers Steam
- Americans are paying closer attention to food waste, providing an important new opportunity for food and restaurant brands.
Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Report shows farmers market vouchers increase low-income family nutrition
- A new study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development shows that farmers market vouchers are a way to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption
The Oregonian: GMO labeling initiative qualifies for Oregon ballot, fills out list of seven measures for November
- An initiative that would require labeling of food products containing genetically modified ingredients qualified for the Oregon ballot.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Fortune: Why the era of global free-trade is dwindling
- A Republican takeover of the Senate in November could deliver good news for one of President Obama’s key trade initiatives, but there are signs that support is eroding among voters and anti-establishment, Tea Party members.
Reuters: South Korea confirms hog foot-and-mouth outbreak
- South Korea confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a hog farm, the country's first outbreak in more than three years.
India.com: BNP Paribas to pay $80 million for defrauding US Agriculture Dept
- The US Justice Department announced on Thursday that a Federal court entered judgment against French bank BNP Paribas for $80 million for defrauding a program designed to encourage American exports.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Biotech regulatory delays are smothering innovation
- Third generation farmer Mark Wagoner says that while Brazil is approving new biotech traits, Washington seems to approach the matter like a soccer goalie: It wants to block everything.
Washington Times: Vitter: Our Ports and Waterways key to a vibrant economy
- Sen. Vitter says that passing WRRDA is one of the most positive actions Congress has taken this year and is a substantive step forward in getting an otherwise sluggish economy moving down the river again.
New York Times: New Gleanings from a Jewish Farm
- After a month at Adamah, young Jewish farmers may be exhausted from chasing stray goats and pounding 350 pounds of lacto-fermented curry kraut.
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