Daily Harvest -- 9/12/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House committee introduces water resources development bill
- The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3080) Wednesday that would re-authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation's vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, and support effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs.
Agri-Pulse: Court denies meat industry bid to block COOL regulations
- U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson today rejected a request by U.S. and Canadian meat packers and livestock growers for an injunction blocking a final USDA regulation mandating country-of-origin labels (COOL) on meat sold in retail stores.
Agri-Pulse: Grazers want rights maintained as BLM launches land auctions
- Grazing interests will look on with interest in late October when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hosts the first competitive auction for three parcels of public lands in two Solar Energy Zones (SEZ) in Colorado.
The Hill: Democrat's latest farm bill strategy: Threaten to double the price of milk
- Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said he called Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack this week suggesting that the agency begin the process of implementing the 1949-era dairy policies that would take effect Oct. 1 if Congress fails to act on a farm bill before then.
The Hill: GOP bill blocks food stamp users from buying junk food
- Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would require people using federal food stamps to buy only healthy food.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Research leader says innovation needed to meet global challenges
- Monsanto's chief technology officer told a gathering of U.S. ag leaders, investors and innovators that agriculture is at the center of significant global trends that include not only food security, the demand for healthier diets and the development of sustainable, renewable fuels, but also concerns over decreasing water supplies and climate change.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill picks new CEO
- Cargill's board of directors elected David W. MacLennan, currently Cargill's president and chief operating officer, as the privately owned company's next chief executive officer, starting Dec. 1, 2013. He succeeds Greg Page, 62, who was elected CEO in 2007 and will continue to serve as executive chairman.
Reuters: Washington state testing alfalfa for GMO contamination
- Agriculture officials in Washington state are testing samples of alfalfa after a farmer reported his hay was rejected for export because it tested positive for a genetically modified trait that was not supposed to be in his crop.
Politico: Monsanto, DuPont pour millions into GMO fight
- Big money is making a comeback in the GMO-labeling battle, but opponents argue that the food industry’s dollars might not carry as much weight this time around.
AFP: A third of food wasted, costs world economy $750bn: UN
- One third of the food produced worldwide is wasted, costing the global economy around $750 billion (570 billion euros) a year, a new report by the UN food agency said Wednesday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Foreign Pork and Corporate Taxes
- If the U.S. bureaucracy had declared that even a friendly takeover of a meat processor posed a security threat, no foreign investment in the U.S. would have been immune to this new political obstacle.
Washington Post: EU Parliament vote significantly reduces target for use of food-based biofuels by 2020
- The European Parliament voted Wednesday to significantly reduce the amount of biofuels made from food crops by 2020 to counter concerns over the energy source’s environmental and ethical sustainability.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Bloomberg: Valero Asks Obama Administration to Waive Ethanol Mandate
- Valero Energy Corp. (VLO), the world’s largest independent refining company, called on the Obama administration to waive the country’s biofuel target immediately, saying the cost to reach it has skyrocketed.
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