Daily Harvest -- 9/30/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces local, organic food programs
- USDA officials announced more than $83 million in funding for several programs designed to encourage healthy, local food options in farmers markets and in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Agri-Pulse: NACD Meets with EPA on WOTUS
- (Audio) Representatives of the National Association of Conservation Districts met with EPA officials last week to express their concerns about the “waters of the U.S. rule.” They had a nearly four-hour meeting with the officials.
Los Angeles Times: New California law aims to rid farmers markets of cheaters
- Bringing to fruition a decade-long campaign by farmers market stakeholders, on Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1871, which for the first time provides what supporters say is adequate funding to ensure that growers at certified farmers markets produce what they sell.
New York Times: A New Attack on Antibiotic Resistance
- The Obama administration announced some good measures this month that should help reduce the overuse of antibiotics in humans and much, though perhaps not all, of the overuse in animal husbandry that together are fueling the emergence of drug-resistant germs.
The Hill: EPA chief slams critics for ‘misinformation’
- Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency's water jurisdiction rule are spreading misinformation, the agency's chief said Monday.
New York Times: Nebraskans Raise Their Voices in Fight Against Keystone XL Pipeline
- Keystone XL has broad support nationally from Republicans, who trumpet the pipeline’s potential to create jobs and provide needed energy from an ally. But many people in this usually conservative state have been unmoved by those arguments, and some have pressed the issue in court.
The Week: Wind turbines are killing more bats than ever
- A new study has found that wind turbines are causing "unprecedented numbers" of fatalities in tree bats.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: State organization to study impact of wind farms in Pennsylvania
- The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s nonpartisan research organization has a year to produce a comprehensive report on the impact of wind farms on the state’s landscape, wildlife and electric grid.
Fortune: Solar power could be world’s main energy source by 2050
- By mid-century, the sun could be the largest source of energy and help reign in global warming by preventing the release of billions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: Peanut Butter Becomes Food-Industry Star as Prices Drop
- Get ready to see peanut butter in a lot more places. The humble spread, found in lunch-box sandwiches across America, is suddenly a favorite of restaurants and packaged-food companies -- thanks largely to falling prices.
Wall Street Journal: Hot Dog: Food Prices Post Strongest Annual Gain in More Than 2 Years
- While overall inflation remains well in check, grocery shoppers—especially meat lovers—are seeing rising prices.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: Young EU farmers struggle as Russian sanctions bite
- The neat rows of manicured trees seem a world away from the barricades of eastern Ukraine, but political tensions between the European Union and Russia are reverberating in Fabio Lambertini's pear farm in the tranquil Italian countryside.
Detroit Free Press: Why Michigan made the right decision on food stamps
- Nancy Kaffer’s recent column “Lawmakers take food from mouths of Michigan’s hungry” misconstrues the facts about recent federal policy changes, the impact on Michigan families and the state’s commitment to those in need.
Reuters: EU trade nominee open to dropping investor rights in U.S. pact
- The woman likely to become the EU's new trade chief sought to reassure lawmakers on Monday that U.S. companies will not be able to challenge Europe's safety and environmental rules if Brussels and Washington agree the world's biggest trade deal.
Bloomberg: 2015 Is Crucial to Atlantic Trade Pact, German Envoy Says
- “Next year will be crucial” for the U.S. and the European Union to make significant progress toward a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Germany’s Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig said today.
Wall Street Journal: Shinzo Abe Bows to the Farm Lobby
- The conditions were ripe for Japan's prime minister to act on structural reform. Instead, he's allowed trade talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to break down.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: How Much of World’s Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Come From Agriculture?
- Agriculture might seem green by definition, but farming accounts for a lot of greenhouse-gas emissions when the entire food production system is taken into account.
Washington Post: California’s crop harvest much smaller than usual
- With harvest time across California, many of the state’s once-robust crops — from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds — are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state’s historic drought.
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