Daily Harvest -- 2/19/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol supporters release economic study defending the RFS
- The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a study emphasizing positive impacts of the ethanol industry in 2013 on job creation, the economy, household income and foreign oil displacement.
Agri-Pulse: Ethanol industry says Keep Your Word to Washington
- (Audio) The ethanol industry is focused on a single theme this year, and that is protecting the Renewable Fuels Standard. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen gave his state of the industry address on Tuesday at the National Ethanol Conference.
The Weekly Standard: Meet the New Farm Bill
- Dave Juday, an agricultural commodity market analyst, says unlike most farm bill debates, which tend to be festivals of bipartisanship and comity, this one split lawmakers—rural from urban, House from Senate, Republican from Democrat—along every political fault including between the Tea Party caucus and the rest of the GOP.
ABC News: Lawsuits Could Lead to Changes at Fish Hatcheries
- Critics say over-reliance on costly breeding programs has led to a massive influx of artificially hatched salmon, masking the fact that wild populations are barely hanging on and nowhere close to being recovered.
Los Angeles Times: USDA closes troubled Central Valley slaughterhouse over cleanliness
- A troubled Central California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the National School Lunch Program was closed by federal inspectors Monday for failing to meet cleanliness standards.
Sacramento Bee: California Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod won't seek re-election
- Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, announced Tuesday that she will run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors this year, ending her congressional career after a single term.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Denver Post: Chipotle's comedy series is a new way to brand, but not all are amused
- But whether it's sarcasm or satire, principle or propaganda, its bold twist on product integration isn't sitting well with some Colorado ranchers — even as it brings national attention to the company.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Kellogg to Stop Buying Deforested Palm Oil Amid Pressure
- Kellogg Co. (K:US) has agreed to buy palm oil only from suppliers who can prove they don’t damage rain forests, the strongest move yet by a public food manufacturer to stop the practice, according an environmental group that pressured the maker of Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies.
Reuters: U.S. food companies find going 'non-GMO' no easy feat
- U.S. food companies are rushing to offer consumers thousands of products free of genetically modified ingredients but are finding the effort costly and cumbersome in a landscape dominated by the controversial biotech crops.
Bloomberg: Oregon Seeds Sow Worries as GMO, Organic Crops Coexist
- While gene-altered and organic foods share space on grocery shelves, the juxtaposition on farms has led to fears of cross-contamination as pollen blows across fields.
NBC News: Hot Pockets Included in Massive Meat Recall
- Nestle USA is recalling 238,000 cases of its Hot Pockets pastries because they may contain meat included in a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of “diseased and unsound” beef products.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Los Angeles Times: China dumps grain policy to boost meat production
- The shift in grain policy was the clearest signal that policymakers had decided meat production was paramount, a pivot that will ripple across the globe and probably intensify China’s quest for foreign sources of meat, grain and dairy.
Bloomberg: Trans-Atlantic Trade Talks Seen Entering Harder Phase
- Talks between the U.S. and European Union will be more difficult in the coming months as both sides sort out regulatory differences for a deal they are seeking to complete this year, the EU’s top trade negotiator said.
Wall Street Journal: Clouds Emerge Ahead of Trade-Bloc Party
- Mexico and Canada are set to push for expanded trade within North America and a bigger global role for their continental trading bloc, even as some U.S. politicians show deep ambivalence over foreign engagements.
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