Daily Harvest -- 8/28/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Need for WRDA getting more critical
- (Audio) The House Transportation Committee is expected to take up reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., said new policy updates are needed to speed up upgrades to lock and dam systems on the Mississippi River.
Des Moines Register: NRDC study: Steps should be taken to limit rising crop insurance payments
- Widespread drought and heat forced the government-supported Federal Crop Insurance Program to pay out a record amount in 2012, but the figure could have been sharply lower if proper crop management steps had been taken, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Washington Post: Smarter Food: Does big farming mean bad farming?
- As shorthand, the big-equals-bad equation is convenient. But it obscures an inconvenient truth: Plenty of small farmers do not embrace sustainable practices - the Amish farmers I know, for example, love their pesticides - and some big farmers are creative, responsible stewards of the land.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: ERS report sees divide between student consumption of fruits, vegetable\
- Students in U.S. schools that were offered greater quantities of fruits and vegetables consumed more of those foods by most measures compared to other foods, according to an Economic Research Service report released Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: Sanderson reports near double net income for first nine months of FY 2013
- Chicken producer Sanderson Farms, Inc. today reported a nearly double net income for the first nine months of fiscal year 2013 compared to the same period a year ago.
San Francisco Chronicle: Some school districts quit healthier lunch program
- After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.
Politico: Meat packers: Labels throw industry down ‘rabbit hole’
- Meat packers will face a brutal financial blow unless a judge blocks the U.S. Department of Agriculture from enforcing a new labeling mandate, an attorney for the industry warned in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Tuesday.
Politico: FDA looks into fortified snacks
- The Food and Drug Administration has submitted to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget the required paperwork to launch a study into whether artificially adding vitamins to snack foods and carbonated drinks causes consumers to believe that substituting them for more nutritious foods ensures a healthier diet.
US News and World Report: CDC Report Shows Progress in School Health Practices
- Over the last several years, more schools nationwide have begun implementing nutrition and health policies and requiring physical education programs, according to a report released Monday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Minneapolis Star Tribune: New Zealand botulism scare likely a false alarm after retesting turns up no sign of bacteria
- A botulism scare that damaged New Zealand's international reputation for providing top quality and safe dairy products was likely a false alarm.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Conservation in progress: Gains, but more challenges ahead
- Farmers have significantly reduced the loss of sediment and nutrients from farm fields through voluntary conservation work in the lower Mississippi River basin, according to a new report released by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Agri-Pulse: Growth Energy launches You're No Dummy campaign
- (Audio) Ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy launched an advertising campaign with a goal “to help Americans better understand that the oil industry is attempting to stop the production of renewable fuels to protect their bottom line.”
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration reform’s No. 1 enemy: Time
- Fall’s fiscal fights have lined up in a way that could delay immigration reform until 2014, multiple senior House Republican leadership aides tell POLITICO, imperiling the effort’s prospects before the midterm elections.
Reuters: U.S. Farm Income for 2013 Projected at Record $120.6 Billion
- Record harvests for U.S. corn and soybeans will reduce 2013 farm income from a previous estimate as the bumper crops lower prices, the U.S. Agriculture Department said today.
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