Daily Harvest -- 12/31/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Happy New Year?
- Marshall Matz of OFW Law says the Secretary warned us that agriculture must stay relevant to mainstream America or risk losing its political gravitas. The threat has taken a new form this year, the real possibility of losing the Farm Bill- not just the 2013/2014 version, but the entire process.
The Hill: Not too late to fix the farm bill and avoid trade retaliation
- Congress finally seems on track to approve a farm bill in early 2014, but without offering a solution to the decade-old World Trade Organization (WTO) case that ruled U.S. cotton subsidies and export credits illegal, writes Mark Langevin, director of BrazilWorks.
Huffington Post: The Future of Agriculture Requires Dialogue
- Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, says at the very same time the demand for food is skyrocketing, food production is under severe pressure from climate change. It is fair to say that this represents one of the greatest challenges in the history of humanity. But it's one that GM crops can help meet.
Brownsville Herald: Congress looks beyond budget | Immigration reform, farm bill loom in 2014
- Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, said the budget bill could make way for Congress to tackle more issues in 2014, particularly concerning comprehensive immigration reform and the farm bill.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Kale, coconut – and misinformation – among top diet trends for 2014
- They're just a few trends consumers can look forward to in 2014, according to a survey of more than 500 registered dietitians by nutrition trade magazine Today's Dietitian and public relations firm Pollock Communications.
The Hill: Rep. targets 'three chicken nugget' rule
- Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) said Monday that she would keep up her fight to permanently ease federal rules that limit the amount of meat and grain in school lunches.
Wall Street Journal: Food Processors Address Frozen Produce's Image Problem
- Frozen food companies are going on the offensive, aiming to make products that look better, taste better and offer enough convenience to overcome frozen-food phobia.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Data Illustrate Poor State of China's Soil
- New Chinese government figures illustrate how pollution and other effects of China's urbanization and industrialization continue to take a toll on farmland, providing fresh insight into one of the country's least understood environmental challenges.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Des Moines Register: Protections fail migrant labor
- A lack of enforcement or inspections and legal loopholes are leaving migrant workers in Iowa vulnerable, denied wages due to them and living in substandard housing, an IowaWatch investigation revealed.
Agri-Pulse: Smithsonian Institute archiving agriculture stories
- (Audio) The Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive is an online repository created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to collect and preserve the history of modern agriculture.
USA Today: Prince William to study agriculture at Cambridge
- The Duke of Cambridge will take a 10-week course in agricultural management at the University of Cambridge, reports Kensington Palace. The course is expected to give him a foundation for when he takes over the Duchy of Cornwall, a huge agricultural operation, from Prince Charles when he becomes King.
New York Times: The Farm-to-Centerpiece Movement
- The explosion of interest in seasonal and pesticide-free food tilled in local soil is now spilling over into the commercial flower industry, making it possible to go local, even in the middle of winter.
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