Daily Harvest -- 3/10/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Payments to producers to rise under new farm bill program
- The new farm programs for grain and oilseed growers will pay them up to $7 billion annually over the next few years, surpassing what they would have received through the old system of direct payments, according to new forecasts released Monday.
Agri-Pulse: USDA bars new research at animal testing center accused of cruelty
- The USDA today announced a moratorium on new animal research projects conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in southern Nebraska that will remain in place until new procedures ensuring greater accountability for animal welfare are fully implemented.
Wall Street Journal: Soybeans’ Rally Runs Out of Steam
- Soybeans are again flowing from inland farms to coastal ports in Brazil, the second-largest exporter of the oilseed after the U.S., supplying shippers with crops to load onto cargoes bound overseas.
Bloomberg: Cheap Oil Threatens Colombia Ethanol Investment, Federation Says
- The slump in global oil prices is putting future investments in Colombia’s ethanol industry at risk, according to the Andean nation’s biofuels federation.
Wall Street Journal: Hungry Market Eats Up Oil Bonds
- Investors are snapping up new stock and bonds from energy producers as they search for bargains amid the tumult caused by the plunge in oil prices.
Boston Globe: Ethanol loses its potency in the Iowa caucuses
- For years presidential candidates had a choice: They could either pledge unwavering support for federal programs propping up the corn-based ethanol industry or they could lose the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the presidential nomination season.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Hill: Groups urge Costco not to sell GMO salmon
- Friends of the Earth, which is spearheading the anti-engineered salmon campaign withCommunity Alliance for Global Justice and Food and Water Watch, delivered a petition with 50,0000 signatures to Costco Wholesale, a Washington-based discount grocer, on Saturday.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: US 'on sidelines' in Cuba as rivals invest, Ag advocate for ending embargo says
- Devry Boughner Vorwerk, the Cargill executive who's leading a coalition of commodity groups and agribusinesses in a campaign to end the Cuban embargo, says Brazil and other U.S. rivals are “eating our lunch” when it comes to investing in trade with the island nation.
Wall Street Journal: Four Years After Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Farmers Struggle for Viability
- Four years after a devastating nuclear accident, Muneo Kanno is getting ready to plant rice in a field just 40 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors. Tests last fall showed that the radiation levels of his crop were so low they weren’t detectable.
Reuters: In Japan, Abe's robot panel aims to give drone industry an edge
- The government of Japan, a country with a proven track record in electronics and robotics, is looking to fast track industry-friendly regulation to give its drone sector an edge over the United States.
Washington Post: New Zealand investigating threat to poison baby formula
- An anonymous blackmailer threatened to poison infant formula in New Zealand to protest the country’s use of poisonous baits for pest control, and sent dairy giant Fonterra packets of milk powder laced with pesticide, police said Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: TPP negotiators meet this week
- (Audio) As the United States hosts a meeting of the Trans Pacific Partnership chief negotiators in Hawaii this week, talks continue in the Senate on the Trade Promotion Authority the president has requested to finish the agreement.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
New York Times: Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil
- Farmers like Mr. Brown travel the country telling their stories, and organizations like No-Till on the Plains — a Kansas-based nonprofit devoted to educating growers about “agricultural production systems that model nature” — attract thousands.
Bloomberg: China Lawmakers’ Pollution Battle Adds to Growth Challenges
- Measures to rein in pollution add to strains on an economy that is already contending with a weakening property market, overcapacity, and a crackdown on corruption.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
CNN: Federal judge takes a pass on unblocking Obama immigration actions, for now
- A federal judge in Texas rebuffed a request from the Obama administration Monday night to rule quickly on an emergency motion to allow the President's executive actions on immigration to go forward.
Chicago Tribune: Cupich, Rauner press for immigration reform deal
- Illinois Republican leaders on Monday reiterated their support for comprehensive immigration reform at a gathering organized by business leaders who want congressional action.
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