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Daily Harvest -- 7/29/2014
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Agri-Pulse: Farmers can still flex muscles in mid-term elections
Link - Polls offer just a snapshot of public sentiment at any given time. In political terms, it’s still a long way until the November elections, and pundits and political operatives are watching and videotaping almost every move.

Agri-Pulse: Cattle inventory lowest since 1973
Link - (Audio) The cattle inventory report out from USDA last week showed a lot of lower numbers. The number of cattle and calves was 95 million cattle head.

National Journal: EPA Chief Won't Ditch the Waters Rule, But She Is Digging for Answers
Link - Gina McCarthy is reaching out to critics in the farm community and pledging to respond to their concerns.


The Hill: Grassley files amendments to restore wind, biodiesel tax credits
Link - Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that he had proposed amendments that would restore the tax credits for wind energy and biodiesel production.


Agri-Pulse: Tyson Foods sells Mexico, Brazil units to JBS subsidiaries
Link - Pilgrim's Pride, the nation's second largest poultry integrator, said today that it has agreed to buy all poultry facilities in Mexico from Tyson Foods, the No. 1 poultry processor, in a cash transaction valued at $400 million.

The Hill: USDA may relax import restrictions on Mexican pork
Link - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to relax import restrictions on some Mexican pork that were put in place to prevent pigs with swine fever from coming into the country.

Reuters: Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests
Link - Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.

Wall Street Journal: Canadian National CEO Says Rail System Ready for Harvest
Link - The head of Canada's biggest railroad Monday said the rail system is ready to handle the coming harvest and urged the Canadian government not to impose a heavier regulatory burden on the movement of grain.

Bloomberg: Russia Eyes Banning U.S. Chicken And Some European Fruit
Link - Facing tougher sanctions over Ukraine, Russia said yesterday it may ban imports of chicken from the U.S. and fruit from Europe and is investigating McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) cheese for safety.


Agri-Pulse: General Mills makes commitments to fight climate change
Link - Oxfam International is applauding General Mills for committing to what it calls “industry-leading measures” to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chains and to support political action to address climate change.

Bloomberg: El Nino Odds Reduced by Australia as Tropical Pacific Cools
Link - Australia cut the odds of El Nino, which brings drought to Asia and heavy rains in South America, after parts of the tropical Pacific Ocean cooled.


The Press Enterprise: Inland beekeepers getting stung by hive thefts
Link - In California, bee rustlers are making off with hundreds of hives at a time, and beekeepers say the bad guys are other beekeepers. Most of them, it appears, are getting away with it.

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