Daily Harvest -- 8/1/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Rabobank warns of possible farmland ‘asset bubble'
- An “asset bubble” may be developing in farmland prices which have risen now for 12 straight years, Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group warns in a report.
Agri-Pulse: GOP border bill fiasco forces House to delay recess
- (Subscriber only) The House of Representatives on Thursday postponed its August recess by one day, after Republican leaders pulled their $659 million border security bill when it became apparent it didn't have enough votes to pass.
Agri-Pulse: USDA extends deadline for livestock disaster program.
- Livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses in recent years will have two more weeks to apply at USDA offices for assistance.
Agri-Pulse: House passes bill eliminating need for CWA pesticide permit
- Agricultural groups praised a bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today that eliminates a duplicative permit requirement for pesticide application.
Agri-Pulse: Stabenow, other senators, ask for clarity on WOTUS enforcement
- (Subscriber only) Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and 12 other Democratic senators sent a letter to three government agencies today asking them to provide certainty on U.S. waters that could fall under Clean Water Act regulation.
Agri-Pulse: USDA issues poultry inspection rule
- USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the final rule for the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection,” which caps poultry processing plant line speeds at the current maximum level.
Agri-Pulse: WOTUS and COOL top issues at summer cattle meeting
- (Audio) Cattle producers are in Denver this week for the cattle industry’s summer meeting, where several issues are in the spotlight. Number one on the list is the EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Energy Firms Rewarded With Tax Deferrals
- The U.S. energy boom is producing a little-noticed side effect: American oil and gas companies are paying less in federal income taxes.
Reuters: U.S. EPA extends 2013 biofuel compliance deadline for third time
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday extended for a third time the deadline for refiners to show compliance with 2013 federal biofuel use targets, a move quickly criticized by the oil industry.
Kansas City Star: Kansas Rep. Huelskamp hit by farmers’ backlash
- When the Republican congressman who represents the area co-sponsored a bill that would cut demand for biofuels by phasing out a federal renewable energy program, many of his rural constituents took note.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Inside Scoop SF: Outside Lands announces new food stage: GastroMagic
- Outside Lands takes place August 8 – August 10 in Golden Gate Park. In addition to the usual musical headliners and impressive lineup of food vendors (click here for the list), this year’s sold-out festival will also feature an entirely new stage, centered around food and drink.
Seattle Times: Now growing underground: Food swapping
- For home preservers and urban gardeners who grow or process on a small scale, food swaps are a place to offload abundance, as well as try ideas.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: WTO Fails to Ratify Trade Agreement
- The World Trade Organization failed Thursday to ratify an agreement designed to streamline the global trade system, frustrating a late push by U.S. officials to convince India to reach a compromise that would have secured a deal.
New York Times: Weak Links in China’s Food Chain
- After a series of food safety scandals in recent years, regulators repeatedly have promised to tighten food safety standards only to have another problem arise.
Forbes: Yum! Same Store Sales Suffering From Chinese Food Safety Scandal
- Yum! shares were down about 6% in Thursday morning trading falling as low as $68.20 and more than 11% since July 20. McDonald’s shares were down less than a percent on Thursday and about 4% since the television report.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Report aimed at helping farmers quantify greenhouse gas emissions
- USDA today released a report that provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from different land management and conservation activities.
Los Angeles Times: California breaks drought record as 58% of state hits driest level
- More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data released Thursday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: AFBF launches advertisement for immigration reform
- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the Partnership for a New American Economy today released a new ad calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.
New York Times: The F.D.A.’s Blatant Failure on Food
- Every year, antibiotic-resistant infections kill at least 23,000 Americans and make another two million sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why a recent ruling by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals is so appalling.
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