Daily Harvest -- 6/24/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Avian flu impact is growing
- (Audio) The impact of highly pathogenic avian influenza is being felt in the supply and prices for eggs and turkeys, which having a ripple effect.
Agri-Pulse: WHO agency classifies 2,4-D as 'possibly carcinogenic to humans'
- The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that after reviewing the latest available scientific literature, it has classified the herbicide 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” based on “limited evidence in experimental animals.” The classification was made by a working group of 26 experts from 13 countries, IARC said.
Associated Press: Food supplier sues egg farm alleging breach of contract
- Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a subsidiary of St. Louis-based cereal-maker Post Holdings Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday alleging Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms in Corwith is in breach of a Jan. 27, 2014, contract.
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: Monsanto’s CEO Isn’t Deterred by Rival’s Rebuffs
- The Monsanto Chief Executive’s persuasiveness and penchant for bold moves are being tested as he woos rival Syngenta AG with a roughly $45 billion takeover offer that the Swiss pesticide maker repeatedly has rejected.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A-B to invest $1.5 billion in U.S. operations
- After acquiring several craft breweries, Anheuser-Busch InBev is increasing its investment in its U.S. brewing, agriculture, packaging and distribution operations to more than $1.5 billion during the next three years, including $162 million locally.
Agri-Pulse: Electricity grid modernization attracting bipartisan support
- (Subscriber only) The source of your electricity for decades to come - how much from coal, from wind, solar and other renewables - is being decided by Congress.
Agri-Pulse: Witnesses disagree on effects of Clean Power Plan
- During a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee hearing Tuesday, lawmakers heard testimony from panelists who ardently disagreed over whether the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) would or would not lead to a regressive “tax” on energy consumers.
Reuters: Once shunned for oil, ethanol makes a return to U.S. rails
- Sinking lease rates, weak crude prices and tough new safety measures for transporting oil by rail have spurred a resurgence in hauling ethanol on the U.S. rail network, as some train companies convert tank cars to carry more corn-based biofuels.
The Hill: GAO report: Feds losing track of renewable energy bonds
- The agency charged with overseeing renewable energy infrastructure on federal lands is inconsistent in collecting and overseeing the bonds it holds for those projects, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a report released Tuesday.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: Five-Star Dining on Leftover Scraps?
- Buoyed by a global movement to reduce the tons of food that are thrown away each year, fine-dining establishments like chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill and chef Matt Orlando’s Amass are spinning odds and ends and formerly discarded ingredients into culinary gold.
Des Moines Register: Craft beer in Iowa has room to grow, study finds
- It's easy to think that breweries are popping up on every corner, that taps these days are flowing with nothing but craft beers and that grocery store aisles are stocked to the brim with small-batch, eccentric brews.
The Guardian: Lamb with jellyfish gene 'may have been deliberately sent to abattoir'
- Lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein may have been sent from Paris lab to abattoir after dispute between researchers – and ended up on someone’s plate.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Trade bill clears last major hurdle
- The trade promotion bill cleared its last major hurdle as the Senate agreed, 60-37, to advance the legislation to a final congressional vote.
Reuters: U.S. trade negotiator poised to close on Pacific trade pact
- The chief U.S. agricultural negotiator says she is just a few phone calls and meetings away from wrapping up loose ends with her counterparts for a massive Pacific trade deal.
Des Moines Register: U.S.-China meetings offer access for agriculture
- The upcoming U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue will set the table for the Xi visit. Backed by both presidents and with interagency participation at senior levels from both governments, the dialogue is built to address the array of issues that span the relationship.
Wall Street Journal: Opinion: When Helping ‘the Cuban People’ Means Bankrolling the Castros
- U.S. legislation to ease sanctions will instead primarily benefit Havana’s state-owned monopolies.
Associated Press: Mississippi trade mission to Central America
- The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development trip to Central America on Japan and South Korea on Sept. 19-25.
Associated Press: Australia to be among largest shareholders in China-led bank
- Australia announced on Wednesday it will become a founding member of a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and its sixth largest shareholder.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: California climate plan has inland condemning coastal elitism
- The way inland California lawmakers see it, the only benefit to their constituents from Gov. Jerry Brown's expansion of carbon pollution laws will be cleaner air to breathe as they wait at the unemployment office.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Cincinnati.com: Opinion: Kroger ignoring farm worker rights
- For over five years, Kroger has refused to join a groundbreaking collaboration ensuring human rights for Florida's farm workers, who pick the fresh tomatoes that most of us eat all winter.
Latin Post: Immigration News: GOP Senator Jeff Sessions Introduces New Immigration Enforcement Bill
- Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Arizona has introduced a new bill aimed at strengthening Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while also cracking down on cities that protect undocumented immigrants. The bill is named after two police officers that lost their lives at the hands of an undocumented immigrant.
Agri-Pulse: Agri-Pulse reporter talks COOL on C-SPAN
- (Video) Agri-Pulse Associate Editor Spencer Chase was recently a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program discussing the latest in country-of-origin labeling and how the $3.1 billion trade dispute could impact producers and consumers alike. Video courtesy of C-SPAN.
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