Daily Harvest -- 2/26/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for Feb. 26, 2016
- (Audio) Vilsack tells farmers to stay optimistic about farm income and commodity prices; cottonseed feud continues; and more in today’s Daybreak.
Agri-Pulse: Washington Week in Review: Feb. 25, 2016: Roberts on GMO labeling, Conaway on cotton, and FFA Week
- (Video) Action on GMO labeling in the Senate was postponed, but Kansas Republican Pat Roberts still sees importance in completing a bill. Also, don't miss House Ag Committee chair Mike Conaway's discussion with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on the controversial cottonseed decision.
Agri-Pulse: USDA sees drop in planting, prices in 2016
- The Department of Agriculture released its 2016 market projections today, setting the stage for a year that looks to be heading toward decreased planting and incomes.
Agri-Pulse: Lower prices ahead in ag outlook
- (Audio) On Thursday, Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Rob Johansson told attendees of the 92nd annual Ag Outlook Forum that farm income and commodity prices will continue to drop in 2016.
New York Times: Commodities Agency Advised to Drop Plan to Limit Futures Contracts
- A long-running fight between regulators seeking to curb speculation in the commodities markets and traders is heading into its next round.
U.S. News & World Report: Developed in a lab, trademarked and focus-group tested, apple growers in the nation's top producing state are preparing to introduce a brand new apple variety
- Trademarked and focus group-tested, the Cosmic Crisp apple was developed by Washington State University over the last 20 years. For at least one decade, it will be available for planting only to Washington farmers.
Missouri Farmer Today: Momentum grows to bring back individual beef checkoffs
- The national beef checkoff collects $1 from every head sold in the U.S. Half of that is allocated to individual states for a variety of programming. Last year’s operating budget nationally was $42 million.
Washington Post: These states are adding tons of wind energy – and suing over Obama’s climate plans
- Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas and South Dakota are among the states that are challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Water Plan, but also produce a fair amount of wind energy already.
Bloomberg: Energy Transfer Erases Gain From Report on Williams Deal
- Energy Transfer Equity LP erased earlier gains from a New York Times report that said the company had considered pulling out of its acquisition of Williams Cos.
Scientific American: Presidential Candidates Give Voters Big Choices on Energy Plans
- From Trump to Sanders, the 2016 White House hopefuls emphasize different strategies, from wind power to oil drilling. As Super Tuesday primaries loom, here is a comparison.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Some House appropriators see shortfall in funding for food safety rule education
- The $19 million the Food and Drug Administration is sending to states to help fruit and vegetable growers understand the agency's new produce safety rule is "a good start," Stephen Ostroff, who's been acting FDA commissioner since early last year, told a House Appropriations subcommittee today.
Agri-Pulse: Purdue's Daniels says ag community must refute 'false' claims against GMOs
- Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is calling on U.S. farmers, food manufacturers and ag researchers to fight back against opponents of biotechnology in agriculture production, who he said were spreading misinformation that threatens the lives of millions.
Agri-Pulse: Roberts reschedules markup for biotech labeling bill for Tuesday
- Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has rescheduled the markup for his voluntary biotech labeling bill for Tuesday, March 1.
Quartz: Just months after Big Pork said it couldn’t be done, Tyson is raising up to a million pigs without antibiotics
- Just a few months after pork groups ran a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal chastising Subway for its call for an antibiotic-free meat supply, the largest meat company in the US is launching an antibiotic-free (and hormone and gestation crate-free) pork line.
Modern Farmer: Fresh Food On-the-Go: Introducing Bus-Stop Farmers Markets
- Following in the footsteps of food trucks, mobile farm stands have proliferated over the last five years as a way to make farm fresh goods available, typically at discounted prices, in low-income neighborhoods.
Nasdaq: Campbell Soup Profit Grows, Helped by Lower Expenses
- The biggest soup company in the U.S. said its organic sales, which excludes currency changes and acquisitions, were flat. Chief Executive Denise Morrison said the metric was a bit below company expectations.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Miami Herald: Florida cattleman recalls Ramón Castro’s role in Cuba agriculture
- Unlike his brothers Raúl and Fidel Castro, Ramón Castro eschewed politics, focusing instead on the land and trying to improve Cuban agriculture.
NBC News: Entire 21-Ton Syria Food Aid Drop Is Lost or Damaged: U.N.
- An entire 21-ton airdrop of food aid intended for starving Syrians was damaged, lost or fell into an area covered by land mines, a U.N. body admitted Thursday.
New York Daily News: New Denmark market selling expired food at reduced rate to combat waste problem
- WeFood is aimed not just at low-income shoppers but for “anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country,” project leader Per Bjerre said at the launch.
Reuters: Morocco suspends contacts with EU over court ruling on farm trade
- Morocco said on Thursday it had suspended contact with European Union institutions over a court ruling invalidating their farm trade accord with Rabat and saying it should exclude the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Reuters: Fungus dispute, big stocks seen behind China-Canada canola conflict
- A “scientific disagreement” between Canada and China over the risk of transmitting the blackleg fungus is behind China's move to raise its standard for Canadian canola imports, an industry official involved in discussions said.
NZ Farmer: Dairy industry's woes a long way from over says New York-based analyst
- A series of "tectonic shifts" in the global dairy market are going to keep New Zealand export prices down for some time, a New York-based expert has told industry leaders.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: John Block on ‘EPA land grab’
- (Audio) In a matter of weeks or days the EPA could become our national zoning board, and now with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Scalia, that chance has just gotten bigger, says John Block.
KFVS: Conservation, agriculture groups partner against feral hogs
- The Missouri Department of Conservation has partnered with conservation and ag groups to provide Missouri’s feral hog strike team with more trapping equipment and increase feral hog communications to the public.
Phys.org: Environmentalists sue for more rules to protect sage grouse
- Environmental groups sued Thursday to force the Obama administration to impose more restrictions on oil and gas drilling, grazing and other activities blamed for the decline of greater sage grouse across the American West.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Washington Post: Poll: Trump’s negatives among Hispanics rise; worst in GOP field
- Donald Trump has used the issue of immigration to help make himself the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, but his harsh rhetoric also has earned him the highest negative ratings among Hispanic voters of any major GOP hopeful.
Washington Post: Report: Illegal immigrants would earn more if court approves Obama action
- President Obama’s embattled plan to provide temporary deportation relief and work permits to illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children could benefit more than 10 million people in families with eligible members, increasing their household income by 10 percent.
National Geographic: Farmers Work a Second Shift to Supplement Income
- The “average” American farmer earns an income above most Americans—but that’s often because they’re hustling in a second-job off the farm, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week.
ZD Net: Japan announces first farm run by robots
- Spread, a sustainable vegetable producer, plans to allocate almost all of the labor involved in growing thousands of heads of lettuce at its new facility in Kyoto to robots. The only task that will still be performed by humans is planting the seeds.
Magic Valley: Feds Investigate Idaho Organic Alfalfa Seed Farmer
- Federal investigators believe a routine inspection by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture last year turned up a $1.7 million case of organic-farming fraud in Southern Idaho.
ABC News: Giant Rooftop Greenhouse Takes Root in Chicago
- A nearly two-acre (75,000 square feet) greenhouse atop a soap factory in Chicago's historic Pullman neighborhood will produce leafy greens year-round for local restaurants and grocery stores.
Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Year in decline doesn't dim Deere's outlook
- The company's annual shareholders meeting came just days after Deere released first-quarter results that revealed a 34 percent year-over-year decline in net income.
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