Daily Harvest -- 7/31/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Labor Department accused of constitutional violations in Øhot goodsØ case
- (Subscriber only) Enforcing the so-called “hot goods” provision in federal minimum wage disputes - preventing a grower from shipping his fruit, for example -- has the Department of Labor (DOL) in hot water with some members of Congress.
Agri-Pulse: What generic base acreage means for peanut growers
- (Audio) One of the most interesting, yet not clearly understood, parts of the new farm bill is the conversion of cotton base acres to generic base acres and what that means for peanut growers.
Agri-Pulse: Senator Johanns on meeting with EPA chief Gina McCarthy
- (Audio) Senate Agriculture Committee members met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy last week to express concerns about the proposed “waters of the U.S. rule.”
DTN: House OKs Endangered Species Act Reform
- Though a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives offers some reforms of the Endangered Species Act, lawmakers who have been pursuing changes to the law that has been a headache for farmers and ranchers for decades say more reform is needed.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Cheesecake Factory dominates CSPI’s 2014 ‘Xtreme Eating Awards’
- The Cheesecake Factory is once again dominating the “Xtreme Eating Awards” handed out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The Hill: House bill would create soda tax
- Legislation introduced Wednesday in the House would establish a tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks, reprising a national debate over the role of government in shaping the diets of Americans.
Bloomberg: Beef Costs Set to Rise as Cattle Rally on Supply Woes
- Beef costs are poised to rise further as feeder-cattle futures climbed to cap the longest rally in 37 years amid mounting U.S. supply concerns.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Hopes India Will Agree to WTO Trade Deal as Deadline Looms
- A day before the deadline for a global agreement to ease trade restrictions, U.S. officials said they hoped India would drop its strident objections and allow the deal to move forward.
The Hill: House lawmakers urge Obama to press Japan, Canada to drop ag tariffs
- A group of House lawmakers on Wednesday urged President Obama to reject any Asia-Pacific trade deal that doesn’t open Japanese and Canadian agricultural markets.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Hill: EPA to Republicans: You're making it 'very difficult' to do our job
- A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday he is troubled by a lack of trust from Republicans concerning the EPA’s new climate rule and plan to regulate smaller bodies of water.
Des Moines Register: White House announces pact to help ag battle climate
- The White House announced a partnership Tuesday with Monsanto, Walmart and other companies to better use data to make agriculture and the country's food system more resilient in responding to the growing impact of climate change.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: OSHA clarifies enforcement authority on small farms
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a memorandum today clarifying its authority to conduct enforcement activities on small farms.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill announces plans to close Milwaukee beef plant
- Citing tight cattle supplies, Cargill today announced that it will close its Milwaukee, Wis., beef slaughter facility, which employs approximately 600 people, effective at the close of business on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.
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