Daily Harvest -- 3/11/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack Outlines more resources to boost small, mid-sized farmers, ranchers
- In an effort to help more small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers build their businesses, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a series of initiatives that include more local and regional market information, new learning guides, improved access to capital, more cost-effective risk management and other tools.
Agri-Pulse: In search of more workable whole farm insurance options
- Compared to the more popular options available to farmers and ranchers, “whole farm” insurance might be considered the Rodney Dangerfield of the industry.
Agri-Pulse: Grain group says CFTC proposal would eliminate risk management tool
- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) expressed concern today with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) proposed regulations to establish speculative position limits for futures and swaps on various commodities.
Agri-Pulse: NFU pleased with USDA efforts for smaller farmers
- (Audio) During an appearance Monday at the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention in New Mexico, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new efforts to connect smaller farmers and ranchers with USDA resources. The initiatives include a variety of areas, including access to capital, risk management, food safety and market opportunities.
Politico: For tribes, new farm bill revives old wounds
- At issue — for the tribes and Lucas’s farm bill — is the last piece of a nearly 15-square mile tract that Arthur carved out of reservation lands for Fort Reno in 1883 — just 14 years after Grant had assigned the same property to the Cheyenne-Arapaho as part of his efforts to pacify the Plains tribes.
Fox News: ‘Game the system’? Nonprofits, including Farrakhan-tied group, enjoy windfall from farm subsidies
- Several nonprofits that have little to do with farming or are in poor standing with their local governments have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past decade, federal records show.
Reuters: As Dow seeks growth, new Enlist crop/chemicals seen as key
- One key to Dow's rise in the agriculture seed and chemical kingdom is the company's new GMO seed and herbicide combination branded the "Enlist Weed Control System." U.S. regulators have indicated they are poised to grant needed approvals, and after more than two years of scrutiny, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's final public comment period closes on Tuesday.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald: Judge halts GMO registration
- Hawaii County’s effort to register farms growing genetically modified crops was put on hold Friday. Hilo Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura granted a temporary restraining order in favor of John Doe, an unnamed plaintiff, two days after the deadline for farmers to comply with the county’s registration program.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. soy exports seen reaching record 1.53 billion bushels
- U.S. soybean exports will reach a record 1.53 billion bushels (41.64 million metric tons) in the marketing year ending Aug. 31, up 20 million bushels from the month-ago forecast and up 16 percent from the previous year, reflecting strong sales and shipments through February, USDA said today in a monthly report.
Kansas City Star: SKorea, Canada reach free trade agreement
- South Korea and Canada reached a free trade agreement Tuesday that the two governments hope will boost exports and investment.
Wall Street Journal: Farming Is New Manga Genre in Japan
- Finding willing young successors has been a major challenge for Japan’s agriculture. But in the world of manga at least, farming is being embraced by the country’s youth.
Reuters: Syngenta halts sales of new GMO corn seed in Canada
- Syngenta AG said on Monday it had halted commercial sales in Canada of corn seed containing a new and controversial genetically modified trait because major importers had not approved the product.
Wall Street Journal: Some Japanese Farmers Chafe at Import Tariffs
- Japan's farm sector is in disarray. Two-thirds of farmers are over the age of 60. Younger Japanese prefer to work in the cities, leaving much land left untilled. The cosseting of farmers has led to a sector that can't compete internationally on price or quality, critics say.
The Hill: Top trade official presses for completion of Doha round
- A top world trade official said it is time to take a more aggressive tack in completing an overhaul of international trade rules. Roberto Azevêdo, director-general World Trade Organization (WTO), said Monday that he will push more heartily toward completion of the long-delayed Doha Development Agenda.
Financial Times: Trade fears sprout in the GMO divide
- (Subscriber only) As the US corn belt prepares for its planting season next month, Syngenta’s Agrisure Duracade seeds have been approved inside the US – but not yet in China. As one of the world’s emerging corn import heavyweights, however, China’s stance on genetic modification has the potential to transform agricultural markets.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Sage Grouse Rebellion
- In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
New York Times: Senate Democrats’ All-Nighter Flags Climate Change
- On Monday night, an impassioned Mr. Reid took to the Senate floor to kick off a nearly 15-hour climate-change talkathon by about 30 Senate Democrats, part of a campaign by a new Senate “climate caucus” to make it a politically urgent issue.
Agri-Pulse: Florida citrus family exits the industry, auctions 3,000 acres of groves
- The Kennedy Family, owners of Kennedy Groves and United Indian River Packers in Vero Beach, announced they will sell their citrus holdings in order to concentrate on the family's other businesses.
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