Daily Harvest -- 6/23/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Pay up, or leave the raisins alone, Court tells USDA
- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Agriculture Department's marketing order system by ruling that the agency must compensate farmers who are forced to turn over their crops in order to avoid oversupplies.
Wall Street Journal: Farm-Sector Earnings Plunge
- Earnings for workers in the U.S. farm sector plunged in the early months of 2015, with all but nine states posting declines, the Commerce Department said Monday.
Seattle Times: Monthly egg report reveals depth of impact of bird flu
- A monthly report on egg production and chicken flocks reveals the depth of the impact of bird flu on the nation’s egg producers.
The Week: Egg production could take two years to return to normal
- Prices started to fall this last week, but after a bird flu virus created an egg shortage, there will be no easy answers for restaurants, many of which have jacked up the prices of egg dishes or eliminated them entirely.
WHO TV: Seed Trait Makes Making Ethanol Easier
- At the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Syngenta pulled together different parts of the ethanol industry and presented a check of a dollar for every acre planted of its product Enogen to the Prime the Pump Fund, which is an ethanol industry initiative to help early retail adopters of high-end ethanol.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Glenville, Minn., ethanol plant remains shut down after blast
- An ethanol plant in Glenville, Minn., remained closed Monday after an explosion early Sunday blasted metal parts through the exterior wall and set off sprinklers inside.
FOOD & NUTRITION
NPR: Sans Artificial: General Mills Scrambles To Reformulate Lucky Charms
- The company's iconic Cheerios brand has been artificial-free for years now, as have other General Mills brands. But 40 percent of General Mills' cereals still contain artificial ingredients, including Trix, Reese's Puffs and yes, Lucky Charms. Under the new commitment, they'll be getting a makeover, too.
NPR: Local Food Is Still A Niche. Can It Grow Beyond That?
- Local food enthusiasts have been trying to make the case that buying food from farmers nearby supports local economies, boosts food security and is better for the environment.
Reuters: Americans are drinking less coffee, one K-Cup at a time
- Americans are spending more money on coffee than ever before, but for the first time in six years, they will be drinking less of it as the single-serve revolution transforms the brewing habits of the world's largest coffee-drinking nation.
Reuters: Groups urge tighter controls as U.S. considers GMO crop regulation
- Dozens of consumer and food groups and businesses asked the U.S. government on Monday for tighter regulation of genetically engineered crops, calling the current system a "failure."
Fortune: The Fortune 500’s biggest food, beverage, and tobacco companies
- The largest food and tobacco companies on the Fortune 500 have a big problem. Nearly all of the companies saw their ranking slip in 2014.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Trade bill picks up steam with key Senate Democrat endorsement
- The fast-track trade bill got a key boost with a top Senate Democrat's announcement that he would support advancing the measure to a final congressional vote.
Agri-Pulse: USDA report looks at US-Cuba ag trade relationship
- (Audio) A new USDA report analyzes the agricultural trade relationship with Cuba and challenges to normalizing that relationship.
PBS: What Cuba can teach America about organic farming
- Many people in America are proponents of the organic food movement, and worried about the potentially harmful effects of pesticides on their health or the environment. In Cuba, farmers have gone organic for a very different reason – they had to. In this final instalment of our series “The Cuban Evoltion” Jeffrey Brown looks at food and farming.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
The Financial Express: Climate change health risk is a ‘medical emergency’, experts warn
- The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last 50 years of gains in development and global health, experts warned on Tuesday.
Associated Press: California: Many farmers miss deadline to report water cuts
- A majority of farmers and others holding some of California's strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped pumping from rivers and streams during the drought, state officials said Monday.
Reuters: U.S. Plains flooding refills soil moisture, farmers' wallets
- Farmers are reaping higher yields and ranchers' feed costs have fallen sharply since flooding swept across the southern U.S. Plains in May, with the record rains providing tangible benefits to agriculture despite causing damage that will likely cost billions of dollars to repair.
Wall Street Journal: CropX Raises $9M to Help Farmers Grow More Food With Less Water
- Agtech fund Finistere Ventures led the round, joined by Innovation Endeavors, GreenSoil Investments and the company’s earlier backers including OurCrowd.
Washington Post: Wild bees are dying off and need to be protected — but not for the reasons you think
- It’s thought to be brought on by a complex set of factors, including pesticides, parasites and other environmental influences, and has helped account for a 40 percent decline in commercial honeybee colonies in the past year.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
International Business Times: Ben & Jerry's Agrees To Negotiate Migrant Justice Program
- On Friday, Ben & Jerry’s agreed to negotiate with Migrant Justice, an organization that represents migrant workers on Vermont farms, about participation in the group’s five-point program designed to boost labor standards.
Market Watch: There’s a new ‘Silicon Valley of drones’ and it isn’t in California
- With the most open airspace in the nation, vast farmland, infrastructure to test on, and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program, it makes sense that North Dakota would be the place where drone technology is expanding at an unprecedented rate.
Washington Post: Google didn’t lead the self-driving vehicle revolution. John Deere did.
- Google has received tons of gushy press for its bubble-shaped self-driving car, though it's still years from the showroom floor. But for years John Deere has been selling tractors that practically drive themselves for use on farms in America's heartland, where there are few pesky pedestrians or federal rules to get in the way.
Bismarck Tribune: Local documentary explores early farming struggles
- The 30-minute film, "Cultivation Along the Northern Pacific Railroad," explores the struggles that early farmers faced in the 1890s to after 1910 from local corruption.
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