Daily Harvest -- 7/5/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Antibiotic tracking: Do the Danes have it right?
- (Subscription only) In Denmark, a yellow and red card system ensures producers who use antibiotics in a non-compliant way will be fined and published on a public list. Danish pig farmer Claus Jorgensen said "regulators must know exactly what medications are used."
Courier Press: Farmers warn of high milk prices without farm bill
- Dairy farmers worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Bloomberg: World Food Prices Fall on Rising Supplies of Dairy to Sugar
- World food prices fell for a second month in June, led by declines in dairy and sugar on prospects of rising global output, the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization said.
Wall Street Journal: India Approves Ambitious Food Security Program
- The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which pushed through the National Food Security Law by executive order on Wednesday while Parliament was in recess, will spend $4 billion or more a year under the program to distribute cheap grains to around 70% of India's 1.2 billion people.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: I Spy an Excuse
- The talks for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were scheduled to begin next week, but some EU officials are now insinuating that no deal can be negotiated if the spying allegations are true.
Wall Street Journal: U.S.-EU Trade Talks on Track Despite Spy Fears
- European officials said Thursday that they are ready to go ahead with the launch of trade talks with the U.S. next week, despite concerns that the U.S. National Security Agency has been spying on European institutions.
Washington Post: China charges 11 public officials with dereliction of duty after poultry plant fire killed 121
- Chinese authorities have filed criminal charges against nearly a dozen public officials blamed for the high death toll in a fire last month that killed 121 people in a poultry plant in the northeast.
Wall Street Journal: South Korea Lifts Ban on U.S. Wheat
- South Korea on Friday lifted a ban on U.S. wheat imports after the local food safety regulator found no unapproved genetically-modified grain in recent U.S. shipments to the Asian country.
Des Moines Register: "Once you go down in a grain bin, you die"
- Arick Baker, a 23-year-old who lives in New Providence and farms in the area, went down into the 80,000-bushel grain bin in rural Hardin County on June 26 to remove some rotten corn. Suddenly, an air pocket sucked him down farther, and he was engulfed in about 22,000 bushels of corn.
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