Daily Harvest -- 7/1/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Shirley Bloomfield
- Shirley Bloomfield, the CEO of the NTCA Rural Broadband Association, talks about the challenges her members face in trying to provide Rural Americans with the same types of connectivity enjoyed by those in urban areas.
Politico: GOP could pay price for gerrymandering
- If you are looking for a root cause of the recurring drama within the House Republican Conference - from the surprise meltdown on the farm bill to the looming showdown over immigration reform - the increasingly conservative makeup of those districts is a good place to start.
Lincoln Journal Star: Food worries increase even as agriculture prospers
- During a period of unprecedented prosperity for Nebraska agriculture between 2008 and the end of 2012, food stamp use increased almost 40 percent overall in non-metropolitan counties in the state.
Global Meat News: U.S. bill proposes restricted antibiotic use in livestock
- A US senator has introduced a bill that would ban the use of antibiotics used for human medicine as a growth-promoter in US livestock production.
Agri-Pulse: USDA grants permit to allow for horse slaughter facility
- The USDA granted an inspection permit to a New Mexico-based company paving the way for operations to begin at a horse slaughter facility - the first such plant in about seven years.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Financial Times: John Mackey, Whole Foods Market
- (Subscription only) He is a vegan whose shops sell meat; a strong advocate of staff welfare who opposes unionization; and a vendor of expensive organic food whose latest venture is an outlet in recession-battered midtown Detroit.
New York Times: Why Healthy Eaters Fall for Fries
- American consumers, even otherwise healthy ones, keep choosing caloric indulgences rather than healthy foods at fast-food restaurants.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Obama highlights efforts to boost African agriculture sector
- President Obama used part of his trip to Africa over the weekend to highlight the administration�s efforts to bolster the agriculture sector in Senegal and other African countries.
Washington Post: Ecuador embassy's slick pro-trade ad campaign appears scrapped after Snowden spat
- Terrible timing for a cheery campaign - which includes prominent ads on Metro trains - by the Ecuadorian embassy promoting a trade pact with the U.S.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Hill: Lawmakers want investigation into EPA's sue and settle practices
- The EPA has come under fire from conservatives, who question agency lawsuit settlements. Critics charge that environmental groups coerce the agency into setting policy as a result of the litigation.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Goodlatte, Gutierrez spar over House immigration bill
- The lawmakers said Sunday that passing immigration reform in the House is possible, but sparred over which party is holding up the process.
Financial Times: Corn prices slide on higher crop planting
- (Subscription only) New crop corn prices to be harvested later this year fell sharply as US farmers planted the largest acreage of the commodity since 1936, despite a wet, cold spring that delayed fieldwork.
Jerusalem Post: Knesset agricultural caucus wants young Israelis to return to the farm
- In an effort to strengthen the country's farming future, the new Knesset agricultural caucus will open on Monday with a primary focus on encouraging young people to enter the industry,
Agri-Pulse: Experts react to June 28 USDA Hogs and Pigs Report
- Report indicates little impact on PED as of yet.
Agri-Pulse: NASS to collect additional soybean acreage data
- USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will collect updated information on 2013 acres planted to soybeans in fourteen states.
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