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Daily Harvest -- 3/13/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Keystone supporters explore legislative ways to get project started
Link - (Subscriber only) Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas, continue to search for a way to get veto-proof congressional approval for the proposal, which has been on the back-burner for several years.

Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers ask Army Corps for Missouri River flood prevention plans
Link - Nine lawmakers sent a letter today to Brigadier General John Kem of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calling on the Corps to provide Congress with information about Missouri River flood prevention plans for the spring thaw and actions the Corps has taken since the 2011 flooding to update and repair infrastructure.

Agri-Pulse: Open standards ag data project launched
Link - (Audio) An alliance of agribusiness stakeholders has officially been formed to address the issues of farmer data access, security, and privacy through and open standards software project.

Financial Times: Organic farming in decline despite rising sales
Link - (Subscriber only) Farmers are abandoning the organic market because of unpalatable profit levels, despite signs that shoppers are regaining their appetite for such produce, research shows.

Wall Street Journal: Firms Plow Through Farm Bill, Seeking an Edge
Link - Entrepreneurs are poring over the recently enacted Farm Bill, looking for provisions and new programs that might give their businesses an edge.

New York Times: E.P.A.’s Proposed Rules on Water Worry Farmers
Link - The E.P.A. says the new rules are needed to clarify which bodies of water it must oversee under the federal Clean Water Act, an issue of jurisdiction that the agency says has been muddled by recent court rulings. Opponents say the rules are a power grab that could stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners’ rights.

Wall Street Journal: Stopping Theft on the Farm
Link - (Subscriber only) For decades, neighborhood-watch groups have helped combat crime in cities. Now, in response to a surge in agriculture-related theft in recent years, U.S. farmers and ranchers are forming similar groups, which trade photos of missing equipment, possible suspects and other crime tips.

Chicago Tribune: U.S. cattle deaths linked to Zilmax far exceed company reports: study
Link - The number of U.S. cattle deaths that may be linked to the Merck & Co Inc feed additive Zilmax are much higher than the figures reported by the drug company to the federal government, according to a research study published on Wednesday.

Associated Press: BNSF Pledges to Get Caught up on ND Ag Shipments
Link - Farm commodity rail shipments are running nearly three weeks behind in North Dakota, but BNSF Railway Co. has promised to get caught up before summer, the state's U.S. senators said Wednesday.


Washington Post: Vegetarian or omnivore: The environmental implications of diet
Link - If you stop eating beef, you can’t replace a kilogram of it, which has 2,280 calories, with a kilogram of broccoli, at 340 calories. You have to replace it with 6.7 kilograms of broccoli. Calories are the great equalizer, and it makes sense to use them as the basis of the calculation.


Agri-Pulse: U.S. Trade Rep details goals of Transatlantic Trade Partnership
Link - The U.S. Trade Representative's Office says the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) that is being negotiated with the European Union could help push American agricultural exports well beyond the $10 billion in farm goods the country shipped to the EU last year.

Agri-Pulse: Syngenta outlines Agrisure Duracade launch plan
Link - (Subscriber only) Syngenta will not launch its Agrisure Duracade seed corn-designed to control rootworm damage-in Canada this year, although the company planned to market the product with a limited launch there as well as in the United States.

Wall Street Journal: Eight U.S. Senators To Visit Ukraine This Week
Link - (Subscriber only) A bipartisan group of eight senators will visit Ukraine this week for meetings with the interim government, Senate aides said Wednesday.

Associated Press: Soybeans Keep Sliding on Concerns Over China
Link - Concerns over an economic slowdown in China continue to pummel prices for soybeans.

Wall Street Journal: Canadian National Won't Move Lumber Until Backlog Clears
Link - (Subscriber only) Forestry and grain exports from Canada's Pacific coast slowed to a trickle as a strike at the country's largest port and a shortage of rail cars at Canadian Pacific Railways Ltd. and Canadian National Railway Co. are creating bottlenecks.


Agri-Pulse: NACD expresses concerns about possible NM national monument
Link - The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) said it is concerned about reports that the Obama administration is prepared to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region in New Mexico as a National Monument.

San Jose Mercury News: California drought to drive up food prices in the long term
Link - With 2013 the driest year on record and 2014 possibly worse, the devastation of California's drought is trickling down to crops, fields, farmers markets, grocery stores -- and the kitchen table.

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