Daily Harvest -- 8/7/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Shuster tells governors to expect water resources bill in coming months
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., recently told the nation’s governors that the committee plans to consider the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) next month with the goal of having it hit the House floor in October.
Agri-Pulse: Former food safety czar sees no reason for USDA catfish inspection
- Food Safety News spoke with a food safety expert who contends there is no valid food safety reason for the USDA catfish inspection program. Some call the program wasteful and duplicative and would like to see it removed from the farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: EPA finalizes RFS percentage standards in four categories
- The EPA announced today, in a final rule, its 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
Wall Street Journal: EPA Revisits Ethanol Mandate as Fuel Use Slips
- U.S. regulators said they would propose for the first time lowering the mandated consumption of corn ethanol used in motor fuel, a reversal in policy that puts a powerful industry on the defense.
The Hill: Almost eight months late, EPA sets 2013 biofuel blend requirement
- As part of its rule on Tuesday, the EPA promised “to use flexibilities” in the law to reduce the amount of biofuel needed next year, when the “wall” is projected to be hit.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Oxfam America report probes future of ag biotech
- A report released by the international development group Oxfam America included 23 individual essays with varying takes on biotechnology. The essays were response to a two-week online debate on global food security hosted by Oxfam America in December of 2012.
Washington Post: You won’t be eating a lab-grown hamburger anytime soon
- Although environmentalists hope lab-grown meat will improve, the Washington Post Wonk Blog points to various hurdles for the product including the cost of production and animal right issues.
Washington Post: Obesity rates decline among low-income preschoolers after rising for decades
- After decades of rising, obesity rates among low-income U.S. preschoolers declined broadly from 2008 to 2011, according to a federal report released Tuesday that offered the first glimpse of good news for children considered among the most vulnerable to the disease’s health risks.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Froman sets Asian travel plans to discuss TPP
- United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that he will travel to Asia this month for meetings on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Forbes: Bridging Finance And Innovation To Advance A Green Revolution In Africa
- Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, writes in a series for the Financial Times’ This Is Africa publication that Africa is poised for the world’s next green revolution. However, many smallholder farmers remain trapped in poverty without access to financing and other tools to increase their productivity and profitability.
Wall Street Journal: China Uses Dairy Scare to Help Domestic Firms
- China is taking aim at foreign dairy brands amid rising worries over tainted supplies from New Zealand. The country has banned imports from New Zealand of some products, including those with ingredients used to make infant formula.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Report calls 2012 one of the warmest years on record across the globe
- A report from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) shows 2012 was one of the 10 warmest years on record across the globe.
LA Times: New Mexico is the driest of the dry
- All of New Mexico is officially in a drought, and three-quarters of it is categorized as severe or exceptional. Reservoir storage statewide is 17 percent of normal, lowest in the West.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
National Journal: Immigration Supporters Plan to Turn Up the Heat on House Republicans
- The August recess provides immigration-reform activists the opportunity to mobilize support from their activists. The districts where lobbying campaigns make the most sense are in areas where a sizable percentage of the voters are Hispanic.
Washington Post: Tobacco supplier Universal joint venture to make liquid nicotine for e-cigarette industry
- Universal Corporation, a global leaf tobacco supplier that conducts business in more than 30 countries, is launching a joint venture to produce liquid nicotine for the electronic cigarette industry.
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