Daily Harvest -- 8/6/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Rep. Conaway: Don't buy into another farm bill extension
- (Subscriber only) For all of those naysayers who don’t believe Congress can muster up the votes and deliver a farm bill to the president’s desk this year, Rep. Mike Conaway, R- Texas, has a message: Don’t give up hope.
The Hill: Oil industry huddled with administration to protest renewable fuel standard
- In a recent meeting, industry representatives met with officials from the White House and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complain that the agency’s rules have been too slow in coming and too restrictive when they finally arrive, according to a document from the meeting.
LA Times: House members want California egg measure removed from farm bill
- More than a third of House members are urging congressional negotiators to keep out of a new farm bill a measure that would prevent California from requiring that eggs imported into the state be produced under standards ensuring that hens can spread their wings.
Bismarck Tribune: Heitkamp outlines farm bill priorities
- In a letter to Agriculture Committee leadership in both the House and Senate, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., outlined 15 priorities for farm bill conference committee negotiations.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Hamburger made in the lab gets mixed reviews in taste test: chews like meat but lacks flavor
- Two volunteers who took the first public bites of hamburger grown in a laboratory gave it good marks for texture but agreed there was something missing.
Washington Post: Getting children the nutrition they need
- The long-recognized gap between children served USDA lunch meals during the school year and during summer has given rise to new initiatives, supported by additional federal funds, that seek to overcome the obstacles preventing children from getting proper nutrition.
Bloomberg: Corn Falls to Lowest Since 2010 on U.S. Record Outlook
- Corn extended a decline to a 34-month low as cool weather and moist soil increase yield prospects in the U.S., the world’s biggest grower and exporter. Wheat dropped to the lowest since June 2012, and soybeans fell.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US ag export outlook continues to be bright
- (Audio) USDA Foreign Agricultural Service economist Oliver Flake said USDA has a very optimistic outlook for global markets in the next decade, both in terms of prices as well as U.S. agricultural exports.
Wall Street Journal: Tyson Sees Opportunities for Expansion Overseas
- The head of Tyson Foods Inc. said Monday that a succession of food scares in China would help the meat processor's overseas expansion plans, though tight U.S. supplies of pork and beef would likely limit industry exports next year.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA to allow limited emergency grazing of CRP lands
- As severe drought conditions persist in certain regions throughout the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced temporary assistance to livestock producers through FSA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Bloomberg: Trillions of Smart Sensors Will Change Life as Apps Have
- Steven Glaser, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, hopes to create the world’s largest sensor network, comprising 7,500 devices that will inform researchers and government agencies for the first time in detail how much water California has in its coffers -- critical data for farmers and state planners.
The Hill: Republicans call on Justice Dept. to launch perjury investigation of Corzine
- In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday, 18 House lawmakers said that new evidence revealed in a civil case against Corzine contradicts his congressional testimony and may indicate he committed perjury.
Denver Post: Boulder businessmen targeting agriculture with drones
- InventWorks and Boulder Labs have developed a drone they believe could revolutionize the multibillion-dollar business of agriculture, by offering farmers precise location of weeds that require suppression far more efficiently than could be achieved by any other means.
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