Daily Harvest -- 4/7/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for April 7, 2016
- Senate moves forward on FAA reauthorization bill after Democrats and Republicans reach a deal to revive some expired tax incentives for renewable power. Also, food policy and the ‘mom constituency'; peanuts and Haiti; aid for socially disadvantaged farmers; more.
Agri-Pulse: Praise and put-downs for USDA rural programs
- The 46 million people living in rural America have access to a long list of USDA programs to help them and their businesses thrive, but are they enough?
Agri-Pulse: Former RMA official says industry should tout crop insurance metrics
- (Audio) USDA says the improper payment rate in the crop insurance program has dropped about 62 percent in the last year. Former USDA RMA chief Ken Ackerman says that USDA deserves more credit than it has received thus far for reducing abuse in the program.
DTN - The Progressive Farmer: Funding the Next Green Revolution
- As government resources for ag research have shrunk, new strategies have emerged to raise money.
Agri-Pulse: API, renewable fuels groups trade barbs over new survey
- (Audio) An American Petroleum Institute survey says consumers are skeptical about ethanol, but renewable fuel advocates are quick to dispute the findings.
AP: Idaho Power to join Western energy imbalance market
- Typically energy companies trade one-hour blocks of energy to address fluctuations in supply and demand. Energy Imbalance Markets pool those resources over a larger region and allow power providers to automatically balance supply and demand in 15-minute increments.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Panel calls for clarity in antibiotic use data
- As much as the Obama administration and private industry have done to address antibiotic resistance, some stakeholders still want to see more clarity on some of the metrics being used in the conversation.
Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Will Switch to All Cage-Free Eggs by 2025
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retail chain, will sell 100 percent cage-free eggs in the U.S. by 2025, joining an industrywide shift toward a practice that’s seen as more humane.
Farm Futures: USDA: Winter wheat 59% good/excellent vs 44% year ago
- For the winter wheat there has been concern about the dry conditions in the central Plains and about recent freezing weather there.
Washington Post: With one change, this school doubled the number of kids eating school breakfast
- Cathy Wilson, the school’s cafeteria manager, said she believed the bustling cafeteria was intimidating some students so much that they just didn’t want to walk in.
So Wilson came up with a solution: Let children grab their breakfasts and go straight to class with the meals.
Time: Diabetes Has Nearly Doubled Globally Since 1980
- Today one in 12 people in the Americas have the disease, which can lead to blindness, kidney failure, lower limb amputation and premature death.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USA Rice optimistic on new Iraq purchasing scheme
- The group says Iraq's decision to jettison its open tender system in favor of a “closed, direct negotiation” may work out to U.S. exporters' advantage.
FeedNavigator: EU farm lobby urges Commission and MEPs to reauthorize glyphosate
- Brussels based agri trade group, Copa and Cogeca, has a sent a letter to the Commission, urging them to keep the herbicide active substance glyphosate on EU market.
Reuters: Monsanto cools on large-scale M&A outlook, profit falls
- Monsanto Co on Wednesday effectively pulled itself out of the mergers-and-acquisitions flurry in the seeds and agrochemicals industry, nearly a year after making a bid for rival Syngenta AG. The St. Louis-based company, which also reported a drop in second-quarter earnings, now sees its best dealmaking opportunities in smaller acquisitions, licensing deals and partnerships, its CEO Hugh Grant said.
AP: Johannsson to seek approval to become Iceland's next PM
- Iceland's fisheries and agriculture minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson said Wednesday he will seek the president's approval to become the country's next prime minister after the previous leader resigned because of revelations he had offshore accounts.
N.Y. Times: Glencore Agrees to Sell Minority Stake in Agriculture Business
- The Swiss commodities and mining company Glencore said on Wednesday that it had agreed to sell a 40 percent stake in its agriculture business to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for $2.5 billion in cash.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Further review on species effects needed for three pesticides
- Federal wildlife agencies will have to prepare detailed analyses on how three widely used pesticides affect endangered species, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded.
AP: Klamath dams agreement includes protections for farmers
- Agreements to remove dams along the Klamath River set to be signed on Wednesday seek to ensure that farmers and ranchers won’t have to pay higher prices for water.
Christian Science Monitor: A surprising ally in the fight against climate change: dirt
- Earth’s soils represent a potential storehouse for billions of tons of greenhouse gases, a vital addition to our arsenal for combating climate change, according to new research.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Farm and Dairy: OSHA says Ohio farm worker killed by manure gas
- A 31-year-old worker found unresponsive on a Vickery farm in the fall of 2015 was overcome by exposure to gasses in pig manure, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Bakersfield Californian: Farm workers deserve right to choose
- (Opinion) Is the leadership of the United Farm Workers damaging the name and memory of Cesar Chavez by trying to milk the last bit of money from his name?
NPR: Lawsuit Says Some Immigrants Are Locked Up Because They're Poor
- Every day hundreds of immigrants — asylum seekers, legal residents and some here illegally — are being incarcerated at taxpayer expense after they've been ordered released because they are too poor to pay the cash bond set by the federal government, according to a class-action lawsuit.
AP: Monsanto misses Street 2Q forecasts on falling seed sales
- Monsanto has struggled with falling prices for crops like corn, soy beans and wheat, which have reduced farmers' spending on Monsanto's genetically enhanced seeds. At the same time, the strong dollar has made its products, including chemical weed killer, more expensive overseas.
WKOW: Rock County farmers hold protest held over $8 Billion railroad proposal
- Frustrated farmers in rural Rock County, Wisconsin, plan to fight a proposed 280-mile railroad that would cut through thousands of farms.
N.Y. Times: Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus
- (Opinion) A genetically modified mosquito might eradicate the mosquito species that carries the Zika virus but must first survive a cumbersome approval process.
FeedNavigator: Viptera case: Syngenta counterclaims against Cargill, ADM dismissed
- A U.S. District Court judge has approved a joint motion to dismiss counterclaims and third-party complaints against Cargill, Rail Transfer Inc and Archer Daniels Midland Company.
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