Daily Harvest -- 2/27/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Soybean grower leaders to "get aggressive" in policy, trade negotiations
- (Subscriber only) American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said the group will become a more aggressive organization and work more closely with other farm groups to push for policy and regulatory influence.
Agri-Pulse: Benefits of expanded trade for wheat and sorghum growers
- (Audio) As corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers are meeting in Phoenix this week for the annual Commodity Classic, one of the major issues all groups are talking about is expanding trade.
Agri-Pulse: NCGA determined to defend RFS, expand trade opportunities
- On the heels of more legislation introduced to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuels Standard, a panel of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders said any attack on their chief renewable fuels policy is taken very seriously.
Agri-Pulse: FCC approves chairman's Net Neutrality plan
- The Federal Communications Commission today approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's rules designed to preserve an open Internet, or as the plan is commonly known, Net Neutrality.
Fox News: Farmers eye drones as key to future of agriculture
- The drone could be ready to take its place alongside the tractor and combine harvester, as the next indispensable piece of farming equipment.
Mother Nature Network: Farming: There's an app for that
- The growing field of agricultural technology allows farmers to track herd performance, calculate fertilizer ratios and ID crop pests, all with the flick of a finger on a touch screen. These eight apps are the latest ag tech tools to help farmers improve production and increase revenues.
New York Times: Consumer prices drop, primarily because of falling gas prices
- A plunge in gasoline prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But if volatile food and energy costs were excluded, prices rose.
New York Times: Carmakers find that turbos are a powerful path to fuel efficiency
- Even as electric cars stall with Americans, another fuel-saving technology is revolutionizing the morning commute: the turbocharger.
Wall Street Journal: Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules
- Fiery wrecks this month of trains hauling crude oil are intensifying pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars, despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries.
Wall Street Journal: Oil drilling on Wall Street
- The exploration and production sector has grown very adept at coaxing oil and gas from stubborn shale. But don’t forget its other big talent: coaxing money from investors.
Reuters: Ukraine sends $15 million for gas, says Russian energy minister
- Ukraine has sent $15 million to pay for Russian gas, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, just days after Moscow had threatened to cut off supplies to its neighbor due to non-payment.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Poultry inspection overhaul set for summer, catfish plan coming
- After fits and starts, the Agriculture Department is finally on track to overhaul the way it inspects poultry and start the inspection of catfish.
Agri-Pulse: Celebrities join effort to push fruits and veg
- The FNV team, a new collaboration backed by big name corporations and celebrities focused on building demand for fruits and vegetables among teens and moms, today introduced its plan to “take over America's taste buds” through new and improved marketing at the Partnership for a Healthier America's 2015 Summit.
Agri-Pulse: First lady celebrates Let's Move! successes, promises to continue advocacy work
- (Subscriber only) Michelle Obama, in her keynote address to the Partnership for a Healthier America 2015 Summit today, celebrated the successes of her Let's Move! campaign and vowed to continue advocating for healthy living well after her husband leaves office.
New York Times: Food waste grows with the middle class
- (Opinion) Massive food waste is now being measured as a serious threat to the global environment and economy, with an estimated one-third of all the food produced in the world left uneaten at a cost of up to $400 billion a year in waste disposal and other government costs.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: White House unveils new plan to boost exports from rural America
- The Obama administration on Thursday announced a series of initiatives aimed at helping farms and businesses in rural America access overseas markets, noting that those markets could be dramatically widened by the conclusion of ambitious free trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
Agri-Pulse: USDA data bank shows how TPP could help Ag exports, state by state
- USDA today released data showing how U.S. agriculture could benefit from the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: House passes bill to fight algae blooms blamed partly on farm runoff
- With strong bipartisan support, the House has passed legislation that would give the EPA 90 days to prepare an assessment and propose a management plan for cyanotoxins - the toxic byproducts of algae blooms - found in drinking water.
Agri-Pulse: USDA provides $84 million for disaster recovery efforts
- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest an additional $84 million through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in 13 states.
Reuters: Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty
- A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
National Public Radio: Farmers fear legal status for workers would lead them off the farm
- The political battle over immigration, now provoking a confrontation between Congress and the White House, touches all of us in one very direct way: our food.
Wall Street Journal: House Republicans discuss short-term fix on homeland security funding
- Republican leaders, scrambling to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday, began preparing a temporary fix to buy time to continue negotiations.
National Public Radio: Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket
- The Alaskan tundra might not seem like much of an agricultural hotspot, but one farmer in the frigid town of Bethel believes he's found America's newest breadbasket.
Agri-Pulse: Seven reasons why your kids should participate in FFA
- (Opinion) Do you know what FFA is all about? As a mom of a FFA member, I do-but as a student and young adult, I had no idea.
Wall Street Journal: Wealthy Jeb Bush supporter aims to push him to combat climate change
- As Jeb Bush wins support from donors who favor moderate positions on social issues such as gay marriage, the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate is also getting pushed on the environment and climate change.
LA Times: DNA discovery: British people ate imported wheat 8,000 years ago
- DNA evidence suggests the hunter-gatherers of Britain were importing wheat from their agrarian neighbors on mainland Europe as much as 8,000 years ago.
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