Daily Harvest -- 4/9/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Aviation and ag groups urge FAA to speed up rulemaking on unmanned aircraft systems
- The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) joined 31 other organizations today to send a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) encouraging the agency to expedite the rulemaking process for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations in the U.S. airspace.
Agri-Pulse: Tighter crop and livestock inventories lift market sentiment, CoBank reports
- Record-high animal protein and dairy prices, volatile grain and oilseed prices, and steady-to-lower cropland values reflect agricultural markets in transition, according to CoBank's new quarterly economic report.
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: ND farmers know first-hand why crop insurance is money well spent
- Diane McDonald, national media chairperson, Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE): Last year North Dakota farmers spent more than $38 million out of their own pockets purchasing crop insurance policies.
Agri-Pulse: Senate Agriculture Committee approves CFTC nominees
- The Senate Agriculture Committee approved today, by voice vote, three nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), including for the chairmanship.
Agri-Pulse: USDA livestock disaster aid details
- (Audio) Farmers and ranchers will be able to begin signup for disaster assistance programs next Tuesday, April 15. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was happy to make the announcement Monday to agricultural journalists in Washington, DC.
Des Moines Register: Ethanol proposal has stopped investments in advanced biofuels, industry tells senators
- The Obama administration has halted investments in advanced biofuels plants following its proposal last year to reduce how much renewable fuels must be blended into the country's fuel supply in 2014, an executive representing the industry told Senate lawmakers Tuesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Los Angeles Times: Junk food makes you lazy: Study looks at overweight, unmotivated rats
- In a study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, researchers at UCLA found that rats fed a diet low in fat but high in simple sugars and refined flour were not only more obese than rats that had a better diet, but also less willing to work for a reward.
Washington Post: Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish.
- What motivates many organic buyers, particularly the parents of small children, is health benefits, and there are two questions: Do organics do us more good (in the form of better nutrition), and do they do us less harm (in the form of fewer contaminants and pathogens)?
Wall Street Journal: Frigid Winter's Effects Will Hit Produce Aisle
- (Subscriber only) In Michigan, fruit growers are assessing the damage after months of continuous snow cover and a high number of subzero days.
Houston Chronicle: US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs
- A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.
Los Angeles Times: Beef prices hit all-time high in U.S.
- Extreme weather has thinned the nation's cattle herds, roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: China allows Brazilian corn imports, setback for U.S.
- China has allowed Brazilian corn imports to start this month, a further blow to U.S. exports to the world's No.2 consumer of the grain already hurt by the discovery of an unapproved genetically modified strain in shipments.
Bloomberg: U.S. Beef Sales to Japan May Decline on Australia Deal
- U.S. beef shipments to Japan may drop after the largest Asian buyer agreed with Australia to begin reducing import tariffs as early as next year, Japan’s agriculture ministry said.
Washington Post: On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a cow
- Much of the research into cow tech is taking place in Britain, where efforts to track cattle have resulted in a number of experiments. One, such as the Scotland-based Silent Herdsman, uses wireless collars to transmit data about a cow's estrus (reproductive) cycle back to a computer.
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