Daily Harvest -- 3/11/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Washington ag insiders talk trade, farm bill policy
- (Video) At the 20th Annual Commodity Classic, Agri-Pulse's Sara Wyant moderated a panel discussing what lies ahead for agricultural policy in Washington. This video highlights some of the key moments of that forum as Chandler Goule with National Farmers Union and Mary Kay Thatcher with the American Farm Bureau Federation discuss the future of trade and possible cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill.
Agri-Pulse: Missouri joins Minnesota in fighting bird flu
- A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been discovered in separate turkey flocks in Missouri, the second and third discoveries of the virus in the Mississippi flyway.
Bloomberg: USDA Makes Surprise Cuts to World Corn, Wheat Stockpiles Outlook
- The U.S. government made surprise cuts to its outlook for global corn and wheat stockpiles amid signs of improving grain demand.
Kansas City Star: Federal judge considers delaying Maui GMO ban hearings
- A federal judge on Tuesday said she would consider delaying proceedings for a lawsuit challenging Maui's ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms because of legislation that could affect the outcome of the case.
Agri-Pulse: USDA raises corn export estimate, cuts forecast for ethanol use
- U.S. corn exports will reach 1.8 billion bushels in the 2014-2015 market year, up 50 million bushels from the February forecast, USDA said today in a monthly report.
NPR: Low Oil Prices Could Stall Explosive Growth In Montana Boom Town
- Sidney lies at the western edge of the Bakken oil patch, one of the country's top drilling regions. In the past few years, this once-sleepy farming town on the state line with North Dakota has been transformed into an oil boom city.
KHON2: Lawmakers consider ditching ethanol mandate for gasoline
- Nine years after a major change at the gas pump was forced on Hawaii drivers, many are now calling it a failed experiment and want it gone.
New York Times: Opinion: End the Ethanol Rip-Off
- Ethanol diverts corn from the food supply, driving up food costs; it promotes inefficient and harmful land-use strategies; and it can damage small engines. But a more fundamental problem is its high cost when compared with conventional gasoline. And that higher cost is directly related to its lower energy density.
Kansas City Star: US, California modify area for renewable energy plants
- The state and federal governments will move forward on less than half the California desert land initially designated for renewable energy plants, officials said Tuesday, leaving millions of acres in limbo as local governments decide how they want to handle large-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects.
FOOD & NUTRITION
USA Today: Burger King drops soft drinks from kids' meals
- The stealth, unannounced move late last month by Burger King – under pressures from advocacy groups – follows similar announced moves in recent months by McDonald's and Wendy's.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Bird flu confirmed at 2nd turkey farm in Missouri; state moving to stop spread
- A bird flu deadly to poultry has been confirmed at a second turkey farm in Missouri, and state agriculture leaders are making efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
NJ: $30M 'vertical farm' to bring jobs to Newark, fresh greens to N.J., developers say
- The state's largest city will be home to the largest indoor vertical farm in the world, according to an announcement today from an investment group backing the development.
Wall Street Journal: Some Food for Thought on Investing
- Whatever customers or food critics may think, Shake Shack Inc. already has earned a must-have distinction in the world of “fine casual dining”: Its stock sizzled on its debut.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Hatch wants TPA bill by April
- Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch says he wants to have legislation ready by the beginning of April to provide the president with fast-track trade authority, but he continues to resist some Democratic demands that would threaten its "workability."
Wall Street Journal: Anonymous Threat Made to New Zealand Dairy Products
- New Zealand scrambled to contain the latest food-safety scare to hit its dominant dairy sector, after an anonymous poisoning threat prompted officials to test tens of thousands of milk products, including baby formula, for contamination.
Reuters: Indian state's beef ban to boost chicken sales
- Poultry firms expect demand to pick up after a ban on beef in India's western state of Maharashtra, with other states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party also aiming to toughen laws on livestock slaughter.
Bloomberg: India’s Beef Boom Threatened as Age-Old Tensions Flare
- As a centuries-old dispute over beef intensifies in India, cattle transporter Shafiullah Mohammad Sharif Shah is caught in the middle.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA pressed to target CRP enrollments to water quality, wildlife
- An unusual alliance of grain processors, environmental groups and municipal water utilities wants new enrollments in the Conservation Reserve Program targeted to practices that will improve water quality and wildlife habitat.
Reuters: Bureaucratic infighting hampers action on droughts - U.N. official
- Infighting between competing government departments has weakened the world's ability to tackle droughts, a U.N. official said as scientists meet at an international conference in Mexico this week to discuss desertification.
Bloomberg: Kenya Tea Factories Scale Down Operations as Drought Cuts Yields
- Tea factories in Kenya, the world’s biggest exporter of the black variety of the leaves, are cutting back operations because a drought is causing a decline in output, the Kenya Tea Development Agency said.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups say E-Verify alone is not enough
- (Audio) The House Judiciary Committee last week passed the Legal Workforce Act, which mandates E-Verify. Agricultural groups have concerns about the bill as standalone measure.
Reuters: Texas federal judge leaves block on Obama immigration plan in place
- A federal judge in Texas on Monday declined to lift a block of the White House's immigration plan for at least 10 more days, court records show.
Visalia Times-Delta: California farm-worker health care bill in pipeline
- A state bill would use a little creative financing to provide round-the-clock medical coverage to farm workers in Tulare County and around the state.
Today: 'Foodnited States of America': Dad, son form foods into fun shapes of 50 states
- Posting pun-tastic pictures of everything from "New Jerky" to "Piedaho" for his "Foodnited States of America" project, former art director Chris Durso has been creating and photographing state-shaped foods and posting them on social media since last summer. The project went viral this month, when it reached its halfway point.
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