Daily Harvest -- 7/23/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: USDA reminds producers to certify conservation compliance
- USDA issued a reminder today that producers must have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026) on file in order to receive federal crop insurance subsidies, as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Wall Street Journal: Soybean Shift Pressures DuPont
- Farmers' preference for planting soybeans over corn will continue to challenge DuPont Co., one of the world's largest sellers of high-tech seeds, executives said Tuesday.
Agri-Pulse: Grassley, Klobuchar seek DOJ review of Big Oil practices
- Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D- Minn., have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into possible anticompetitive practices involving certain big oil companies.
Agri-Pulse: RFA report rates ethanol as worlds lowest cost motor fuel
- (Audio) A new analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association shows ethanol to be the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world, especially over the past four years.
Chicago Tribune: Race for North Dakota's agriculture commissioner is all about oil
- North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King
- A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Explainer: India’s Battle With the WTO
- India is on the verge of torpedoing another trade pact, and at issue yet again are the country’s massive government programs to help both farmers and the millions of poor households who buy the food they grow.
New York Times: Chinese Pork Producer Rekindles Hopes For I.P.O.
- Three months after it scrapped plans for a $5.3 billion share sale in Hong Kong, China’s WH Group, the world’s biggest pork producer, is back with a leaner offering that will seek to raise about $2 billion.
Reuters: CN Railway profit climbs on record volumes; lifts outlook
- Canadian National Railway Co, the country's largest rail operator, reported a big spike in profit on Monday as it moved record volumes of goods and made a swift recovery from last quarter's brutal winter weather.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Why the Buzz About a Bee-pocalypse Is a Honey Trap
- Opinion: The reality is that honeybee populations are not declining. According to U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization statistics, the world's honeybee population rose to 80 million colonies in 2011 from 50 million in 1960.
Wall Street Journal: EPA Denies Texas Emergency Weedkiller Request
- Federal regulators denied Texas farmers' push to use a powerful herbicide against invasive "super weeds" threatening to strangle cotton crops.
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