Daily Harvest -- 1/6/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: HSUS says video shows inhumane practices at poultry plant
- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) claims an undercover investigation at a Minnesota poultry processing facility shows inhumane treatment of chickens.
Reuters: Researchers identify new strain of deadly pig virus in U.S.
- U.S. researchers have identified a new strain of a hog disease that has wiped out millions of baby pigs, a sign the virus will keep mutating as producers work to contain it.
Des Moines Register: ISU, Iowa Farm Bureau announce new ag promotion
- The promotion will feature Iowa farmers as well as student-athletes who show the same "hard work, perseverance, determination, drive and dedication," said Jamie Pollard, Iowa State athletics director.
Forbes: Why Falling Oil Prices Don't Hurt Demand For Renewable Energy
- It’s understandable that many people would look at falling oil prices and wonder what it might mean for clean, renewable energy sources. Some recent headlines even suggest that cheaper crude might spell doom for the burgeoning clean energy economy.
The Salt Lake Tribune: Sub-$60 oil tests U.S.’s energy independence
- The U.S. shale boom that’s brought the country closer to energy self-sufficiency than at any time since the 1980s will be challenged in 2015 as never before.
The Sydney Morning Herald: Oil's price fall not good for all
- The 50 per cent plunge in oil prices since June has many cheering, from motorists enjoying the cheapest fuel in years to politicians spruiking that cheaper crude will help economic growth. But there is a flip side.
Journal-Advocate: Low crude prices not likely to derail railroads' profits
- The stunning collapse in oil prices over the past several months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude shipments seen in recent years.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Meat safety labels delayed to 2018
- Special safety labels won't be required for mechanically tenderized meat until at least 2018 after the Obama administration failed to finalize the regulation in time for it to take effect earlier.
Reuters: Eating whole grains may be linked to living longer
- People who eat more whole grains live longer and are less likely to die of heart disease, according to an analysis of two large studies.
Bloomberg Businessweek: White Castle Now Serves Veggie Sliders, but Will Anyone Eat Them?
- Late-night burger chain White Castle announced this week that it will start offering a 99¢ veggie slider, essentially a vegetarian version of the mini beef burgers the chain is known for.
Ad Age: Dannon Dumps John Stamos for Cam Newton
- Dannon is sacking aging heartthrob John Stamos in favor of rising Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton, who will be featured in a campaign for a new NFL-branded Greek yogurt targeting men.
Forbes: 30 Under 30: The Food & Drink Masters Changing How We Eat
- But the most significant trend of all is the rise of food delivery technology. Unlike other inventions, it has made the largest stride in terms of consumer impact.
Forbes: A Venture Firm Looking For The Next Generation Of Food Businesses in 2015
- What will be the next big food businesses in 2015 and beyond? That’s the question the team behind Food-X is hoping to answer.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US to resume imports of Irish beef after 15-year mad cow ban
- (Subscriber only) The U.S. will once again allow importation of Irish beef, ending a 15-year closed-door policy instituted because of worries of spreading bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, to American herds.
Bloomberg: Japan Traders Call 2015 Pivotal Year as Oil, Yen Aid Growth
- Japan’s biggest trading houses are calling 2015 a pivotal year for the world’s third-largest economy as cheap oil, easy money and a weaker yen promise to boost growth.
Bloomberg: Obama Will Ask for Mexico’s Help Pressuring Cuba for Democracy
- U.S. President Barack Obama is counting on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to pressure Cuba to make democratic reforms, now that the White House has moved toward normalizing relations with the island nation, a White House official said.
Reuters: China renews safety certificates for local GMO rice
- China, the world's top rice producer and consumer, has renewed biosafety certificates for its own genetically-modified (GMO) rice, but large-scale production may be years away.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: NGFA urges EPA to withdraw proposals for new grain elevators
- (Subscriber only) The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and five other national agribusinesses are urging EPA to rethink its proposed rules related to construction or modification of grain elevators, saying the proposals would cost much more than the agency has estimated and require a burdensome amount of record-keeping.
Agri-Pulse: EPA finds pesticide chlorpyrifos poses some health risks to workers
- (Subscriber only) The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on its revised assessment of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which the agency said shows some health risk to workers who mix, load and apply the product.
Wall Street Journal: Report: Water improves in Chesapeake Bay; fisheries drop
- Water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay has improved and oysters and underwater grasses have made gains, but declines in blue crabs and rockfish have marred progress overall for the health of the nation's largest estuary, a report released Monday said.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: President Obama allies bank on immigration backfire
- President Barack Obama’s immigration allies have a message for Republicans eager for a fight over Department of Homeland Security funding: Bring it on.
Billings Gazette: Bigfork man charged for killing grizzlies that ate his chickens
- A fresh chicken dinner proved to be a fatal attraction for three grizzly bears at a home east of Bigfork on Highway 83 in late May and a resident was charged Dec. 23 for allegedly illegally killing the bears.
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