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Daily Harvest -- 7/30/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Rural broadband needs ‘sustained focus’ from Congress, president
Link - The head of the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) told a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday that just as in the 1930s with rural electrification, “it will take a sustained focus from Congress and the executive branch to ensure that rural residents have the same access to broadband as their urban and suburban counterparts.”

Agri-Pulse: House passes Endangered Species Transparency Act
Link - The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed H.R. 4315, the “Endangered Species Transparency Act,” which would require the government to make public all data it uses to decide whether a species should be listed as endangered.

Agri-Pulse: Court rejects meat industry arguments in COOL case
Link - (Subscriber only) The American Meat Institute (AMI) said it is evaluating its options after the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied its request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of USDA's final rule on country-of-origin labeling.

Reuters: U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts
Link - One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.

DTN: USDA Says SCO Insurance is Ready for 2015 Crops
Link - USDA announced on Tuesday where farmers growing winter wheat would be eligible to buy the new Supplemental Coverage Option crop insurance this fall.


Agri-Pulse: RFA report rates ethanol as worlds lowest cost motor fuel
Link - (Audio) A new analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association shows ethanol to be the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world, especially in the last four years.


Wall Street Journal: 5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
Link - Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.

Boston Globe: GMO labeling bill lacks a scientific justification
Link - Despite reassurances from the international and US scientific community about the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the anti-GMO movement continues to gain ground, and has arrived at the state Legislature in the form of a proposal that would create new food-labeling regulations.

Associated Press: Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages
Link - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.


Los Angeles Time: Not lovin' it in Russia: McDonald's, Wendy's in Kremlin's cross hairs
Link - Two of the United States' biggest burger chains have become the latest targets of Kremlin wrath, with McDonald's fast-food offerings under the political microscope for alleged impurities and Wendy's driven out of Russia altogether by deteriorating collaboration with the host country.

Reuters: U.S. lawmakers warn against Mexico sugar import restrictions
Link - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers warned on Tuesday that restricting Mexican sugar imports would inflate food prices and threaten U.S. food manufacturers, the latest sign that pressure is growing on Washington to avoid trade barriers.

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