Daily Harvest -- 8/5/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: 50 under 50: Farm, rural advocates plant seeds of passion and commitment
- Agri-Pulse asked its readers and contacts in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell us about bright young people they’ve seen at work on farms and ranches in recent years who are stepping into leadership roles, spreading the word about what matters to rural America and promoting causes important to today’s agricultural and rural communities.
Agri-Pulse: Missouri Farm Bureau confident ahead of right to farm vote
- (Audio) It’s down to the wire in the final push for the Missouri Right to Farm amendment and the opposition led by the Humane Society of the United States is pulling out all the stops, according to Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst.
Agri-Pulse: USDA seeks public input on SNAP use in grocery stores
- The USDA published a Request for Information (RFI) with the Federal Register today and is seeking public comment regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) use in grocery stores.
DTN: Enlist Duo Opposition
- A group of 50 federal lawmakers have asked the EPA and USDA to reject the registration of Dow AgroSciences' Enlist Duo, a herbicide designed to be used on corn genetically engineered to tolerate 2,4-D.
Wall Street Journal: CFTC Sets $13 Million Pact in Crude-Oil Case
- U.S. commodity regulators settled an oil-market-manipulation case stemming from the 2008 price run-up against three companies and two traders for $13 million, a fraction of what authorities alleged they made in profits from the strategy.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: U.S. leaders host summit for African food security
- During the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $100 million Global Resilience Partnership to address poverty, food insecurity, and climate shocks through public-private partnerships.
Bloomberg: Baconholics Undeterred by 30-Year High Pig Prices: Commodities
- Declining supplies of pigs that resulted from a deadly virus that spread across 30 states since the outbreak began last year have pushed up retail-bacon prices 10 percent in 2014 to $6.106 a pound in June, the highest since at least 1980, government data show.
The Economist: Whole Foods Market: Victim of success
- The problem is that at Whole Foods, shoppers have been paying way over the cost of regular produce, and its success in getting them to do so has now attracted a lot of competitors, from rival organics chains like Sprouts and Trader Joe’s to mass-market retailers like Walmart and Costco.
KDVR: GMO labeling movement garners possible spot on November ballot
- Denver: The movement to require food manufacturers to identify genetically modified organisms (GMO) is picking up support and may be an issue for voters to decide this November.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Drought-Resistant Rice Sows Wealth in India
- The monsoon rains have come late to northern India. In the past, that would have meant certain hardship. But this year, farmers here aren't worried, thanks to new drought-resistant strains of rice that are helping sow prosperity across India's grain belt.
Reuters: US chicken farmers latest caught in Russia sanction crosshairs
- Russia's threatened ban on U.S. poultry imports, the latest move in a sanctions skirmish over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine, has agriculture companies alert to the risks of a conflict that's already roiled trading of crops ranging from soy, beef and fruit to California pistachios.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: USDA receives hundreds of pre-proposals for new conservation partnership program
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) received 600 pre-proposals before the July deadline.
The Hill: Kerry pushes 'climate-smart agriculture'
- Secretary of State John Kerry urged the U.S. and Africa to engage in "climate-smart agriculture" to make fisheries and farms more resilient.
Agri-Pulse: Land O’Lakes, Inc. posts record second quarter and first-half
- Land O'Lakes, Inc. announced today record second quarter and first-half sales and earnings with year-to-date sales up more than 6 percent to $8.33 billion.
The State: Transportation tax tops Missouri primary ballot
- A Missouri primary that lacks competition for the only statewide office on the ballot nonetheless has generated considerable attention because ballot measures seek the largest tax increase in state history to fund transportation projects and asks for approval of a constitutional amendment to protect farmers.
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