Daily Harvest -- 8/6/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Sen. Roberts defeats Tea Party challenger in Kansas primary
- Senator Pat Roberts defeated Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf in the Republican primary in Kansas on Tuesday, earning the right to seek a fourth term and possible chairmanship of the Senate Agriculture Committee if the GOP gains control of the Senate this fall.
Agri-Pulse: Missouri’s “Right to Farm” amendment wins by narrow margin
- Missouri voters approved a controversial “Right to Farm” provision, on the ballot as “amendment one” by a narrow margin on Tuesday. The controversial measure passed by 2,528 votes out of almost 995,000 cast and some opponents are already calling for a recount.
Agri-Pulse: Report highlights economic importance of rural community health
- A report released today by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., highlights the economic importance of keeping rural communities healthy.
The Hill: Consumers have a right to know where their food comes from
- National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson: Congress understood that consumers have a right to know where their pet food, and their own food, comes from, and in 2008 passed a law known as Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL).
Ag Week: SD elevator full, shuts doors as a result of poor rail service
- The big terminal for Midwest Cooperatives in Onida has gotten enough cars to run for a half a day a time, but nothing near track capacity. The elevator has fully loaded cars sitting around, and the facility is full.
Agri-Pulse: Collin Peterson honored for ethanol support
- (Audio) The American Coalition for Ethanol meeting in Minneapolis this week honored Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota with its highest award for supporters of ethanol.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Time: ‘Gluten Free’ Label Now Actually Means Gluten Free
- FDA enforces rule saying the claim can only be used for foods containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Now Gluten-Free Foods Really Have to Be Gluten-Free
- With all the hype and its inevitable debunking, I was naturally suspicious of some gluten-free claims. But the FDA says 95 percent of food labeled gluten-free meets the criteria.
The Hill: Conn. Dems want front-of-package food labeling
- A pair of Connecticut Democratics is pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labels on the front of food packaging to display ingredients more prominently.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. wheat industry to host Filipino flour millers
- U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) is bringing five milling industry customers from the Philippines to soft white, hard red spring and hard red winter production regions August 6 to 16.
Washington Post: Africa agricultural initiative gets $7 billion boost from private companies
- A group of African and U.S. firms on Tuesday will announce an additional $7 billion in spending to promote agricultural development in Africa, nearly doubling an Obama administration initiative aimed at mobilizing private money to ease hunger and poverty on the continent.
Bloomberg: Iron Giants Graze Cows at Australia Ranches to Feed China
- Rio Tinto Group (RIO) is the world’s second-largest exporter of iron ore. It’s also one of Western Australia’s biggest cattle ranchers, with room for 25,000 head to graze on land spanning an area larger than Connecticut.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: Ohio Regulators Aim to Help Water Problem With Fertilizer Licenses
- The drinking-water crisis in one of Ohio's largest cities is drawing attention to a new requirement for farmers in the state: a license to fertilize.
Bloomberg: Governor Proposes $6 Billion Water Bond for California
- California Governor Jerry Brown called on lawmakers to put a $6 billion “no-frills” bond measure on the November ballot, about half the size of a pending proposal, to secure the water supply amid a record drought.
Wall Street Journal: Archer Daniels Midland Says Big Crops Will Drive Profits
- A second straight year of bumper U.S. crops will boost Archer Daniels Midland’s grain-trading profits by driving greater volumes through the company's sprawling trade and transportation network, executives said Tuesday.
Reuters: Zoetis plans vaccine against killer U.S. pig virus
- Zoetis Inc, the world's largest animal-health company, plans to seek U.S. approval before the end of this year to sell its vaccine against a virus that has killed about 13 percent of the U.S. hog herd.
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