Daily Harvest -- 8/28/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Maps contradict EPA on ‘Waters of U.S.’ rule, Rep. Smith says
- EPA has provided the House Science Committee with detailed maps that the panel's chairman, Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says show the agency's “plan to control a huge amount of private property across the country” by defining the waters of the U.S. that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Agri-Pulse: Tyson to shed sow-buying business to acquire Hillshire
- (Subscriber only) Tyson Foods has agreed to sell off its hog acquisition unit, Heinold Hog Markets, in order to win U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approval of its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands. The proposed settlement needs approval from a federal district judge in Washington.
Wall Street Journal: Food Producers to Offer Data on Chemical Additives
- Big food producers are moving to try to head off criticism of how they use additives, with a main industry group saying it plans to give more information to regulators about how companies determine the safety of the thousands of chemicals and other ingredients in processed foods.
Des Moines Register: USDA: Livestock helps minimize drop in farm income in 2014
- U.S. farm income is expected to fall 14 percent in 2014, to its lowest level in four years, as expectations for record corn and soybean crops have pushed commodity prices to their lowest in several years, the Agriculture Department said this week.
USA Today: Iowa governor blasts EPA on ethanol mandate
- EPA delays in setting the Renewable Fuel Standard are contributing to weaker corn prices for farmers and costing manufacturing jobs, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday.
Wall Street Journal: Germany’s Expensive Gamble on Renewable Energy
- Companies worry cost of plan to trim nuclear and fossil fuels will undermine competitiveness.
FOOD & NUTRITION
NPR: Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'
- The FAO's member nations are drafting voluntary guidelines for "responsible investment in agriculture and food systems.
Newsweek: Junk Food Isn't Only Addictive, It Makes You Avoid Trying New Foods
- Researchers at the University of New South Wales Australia conducted several studies to see how junk food would impact rats’ weight and dietary preferences.
Bloomberg: Pumpkin Craze Transforms Lattes, Vodka Into Comfort Food
- American’s craving for pumpkin delicacies has become a seasonal ritual that’s only grown in recent years.
Reuters: U.S. says non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality
- A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for the roughly 2.8 million Americans with a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
New York Times: Food Safety Is Crucial in China Deal for Baby Milk
- On Wednesday, Fonterra became the latest foreign company to make a new bet that it could turn a profit by bringing safer food to China.
Wall Street Journal: Bumper Crops in U.S. and China Point Up Differences – and Similarities
- One could hardly hope for a better illustration of the differences and, in some aspects, similarities between the economic systems of the U.S. and China than the stories in this morning’s Wall Street Journal about the universally sensitive issue of farm subsidies.
Bloomberg: Modi’s Faster Green Permits Seen Fueling India GDP Growth
- The government is trying to overcome hurdles such as slow land acquisition and coal shortages that are stalling $182 billion of projects, even as activists flag environmental risks.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Drought-Stricken California Farmers Fight Release of Water for Fish
- In the latest battle spawned by California's drought, farmers are squaring off against Indian tribes, environmentalists and fishermen over the federal release of water to aid salmon.
Des Moines Register: EPA addresses nutrient pollution in Iowa
- One of the biggest challenges the EPA sees with Iowa's nutrient reduction strategy, said regional director Karl Brooks, is getting farmers to widely adopt conservation practices that will cut nutrient pollution.
Los Angeles Times: Coalitions sue Forest Service to block Alaska old-growth timber sale
- Two coalitions of environmental groups have filed three separate suits against the U.S. Forest Service, hoping to stop what the organizations say is the largest sale of old-growth timber in nearly a generation in America's largest national forest.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Rep. King thinks Americans can do farm labor
- (Audio) Rep. Steve King of Iowa has been a strong opponent of immigration reform that includes any type of amnesty provisions. A member of the House Agriculture Committee, King understands the reasons why agriculture organizations have an interest in reforming guest worker provisions, but he thinks there’s a better answer.
Time: 6 Farm Dates We Need To See on Chris Soules’ Season of The Bachelor
- This season on the Bachelor, the “surprise concerts” will be country, the strategically placed couches in the middle of the wilderness will be replaced with haystacks, and helicopters will be swapped out for tractors.
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