Daily Harvest -- 7/28/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week Ahead: Focus on environment, trade
- The environment will be among a wide range of issues the House and Senate will consider this week as they prepare for their August recess.
Agri-Pulse: Open mic with Rep. Sam Graves
- (Audio) As chair of the House Small Business Committee and member of the Transportation Committee, Graves is anxious for a long term resolution to finding resources for the Highway Trust Fund.
Agri-Pulse: Arkansas congressman talks WOTUS with peanut growers
- (Audio) Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., talked about EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule with peanut growers at a meeting in Florida over the weekend. He noted the greatest concern about the proposal is its ambiguity.
Wall Street Journal: Abundant Grain Ripples Through U.S. Farm Industry
- A tidal wave of grain looms over the U.S. agricultural sector, spelling bounty for some companies and challenges for others.
Agri-Pulse: Nitrogen fertilizer market nearing saturation after shale gas boom
- The U.S. nitrogen fertilizer market will soon reach a point of saturation, following the sharp increase in capacity in recent years as the cost of natural gas - used in fertilizer production - fell with the fracking boom.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Des Moines Register: Higher food prices for meat, fruit, veggies bite us all
- Iowans eating beef and pork will face higher prices as drought conditions and a virus deadly to piglets continue to reduce supplies and raise prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Friday.
Roll Call: Nutrition Facts Label May Take a Hard Line on Sugar
- Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration unveiled a revamped Nutrition Facts label for food packages, proposing changes to the iconic white box for the first time since it was adopted 20 years ago.
National Journal: The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales
- States are trying to circumvent federal nutrition standards that would limit sugary foods at school fundraisers.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: WTO on 'brink of crisis' as TFA deadline looms
- U.S. Trade Negotiator Michael Froman says India's refusal to support a package of agreements including the so-called Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has brought the World Trade Organization “to the brink of crisis.”
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Powerful insecticide turns up in major Midwest rivers
- A pervasive agricultural insecticide that has been linked to the decline of honeybees is now a near-constant presence in the small and great rivers that flow through Midwestern farm country, according to the first major review of its kind.
Los Angeles Times: Farmers drilling deeper for water as drought drags on
- California's three-year drought has sparked a surge in demand for wells in the state's agricultural heartland. With federal and state allocations of surface water reduced to a trickle, growers are searching deeper underground for sources of water to keep their farms from ruin.
Washington Post: Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought
- Seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River Basin for valuable water are drawing more heavily from groundwater supplies than previously believed, a new study finds, the latest indication that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.
Bloomberg: Climate Change May Reduce Corn, Wheat Crop Yields
- Rising temperatures caused by climate change increase the odds that corn and wheat yields will slow even as global demand for the crops for food and fuel increases in the next 10 to 20 years, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters.
Wall Street Journal: California Marinas Docked by Drought
- Marinas and boat ramps across the state are turning away customers, and even spots where water is still relatively plentiful say visitors are staying away, assuming things are worse than they are.
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