Daily Harvest -- 8/10/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Powder & Bulk Solids: Costs for Agriculture Production in US Declined in 2015
- The long-term trend of growing costs for agricultural production the US may be changing, according to data released Aug. 4 by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
AP: Renewal plan approved for Wright County hog plant
- The Wright County Board of Supervisors has approved an urban renewal area plan for a proposed $240 million hog processing plant near Eagle Grove.
Agri-Pulse: 'Roadmap' available for retailers looking to sell higher ethanol blends
- The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has released a new reference guide designed to help fuel marketers, retailers and equipment companies see why they should be interested in selling higher ethanol blends.
Agri-Pulse: ACE unveils new flex fuel retailer roadmap
- The American Coalition for Ethanol is trying to answer some potential questions about how fuel retailers might get in the market of selling higher ethanol blends.
The Hill: Costs for Agriculture Production in US Declined in 2015
- Defenders of the tax breaks respond that repealing them would decimate domestic oil and gas production and destroy jobs, imperiling America’s energy security and its economic strength.
Washington Times: Watchdog says VA has wasted millions on solar-energy projects
- Under a mandate to increase its use of renewable energy, the Department of Veterans Affairs has spent more than $408 million on solar panels over five years, despite significant delays and some projects not being operational years after construction began.
Bloomberg: Customers Could Pay $2.5 Billion for Nuclear Plants That Never Get Built
- The practice comes as power-plant operators are increasingly turning to cheaper natural gas and carbon-free renewables as their fuels of choice. The growth of these alternatives is sparking a backlash from consumers and environmentalists who are challenging the need for more nuclear power in arguments that have spilled into courtrooms, regulatory proceedings and legislative agendas.
MassLive: Gov. Charlie Baker signs hydropower, wind energy bill into law
- Massachusetts is poised to purchase more of its energy from renewable sources than ever before, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Marketplace: Why sugar beet farmers are all in on GMOs
- Duck Younggren seems to be in the right line of business for someone with a sweet tooth. He grows sugar beets in northern Minnesota. He's been known to gnaw on a beet to get his sugar fix.
WGME: Maine Food Strategy looks to improve Maine's food network
- It includes creating economic opportunities for workers and businesses and getting food-related businesses active in the community.
Seattle Times: Trump feeds highbrow, lowbrow image with junk-food diet
- The GOP nominee says, “The Big Macs are great. The Quarter Pounder. It’s great stuff.”
Louisville Courier-Journal: Antibiotics in KFC chicken 'being reviewed'
- Activists opposed to the routine use of antibiotics in chicken at KFC submitted a shareholder resolution Monday, urgingparent company Yum! Brands to follow in the footsteps of fast-food chains like McDonald's and Panera.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA rejects more Vietnamese catfish
- FSIS officials tested a 40,000-pound shipment of catfish and discovered traces of malachite green, a veterinary drug used to treat sick fish, Food & Water Watch said in a statement.
Pulse.com (Ghana): Trade Ministry allays fears of local rice farmers
- The Ministry of Trade and Industry has downplayed fears the resumption of rice importation will collapse local rice cultivation.
Toronto Globe & Mail: Provincial trade deal would be a wealth creator for all regions
- (Opinion) The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) was signed recently at the annual premiers’ summit in Whitehorse. It may take months before we know what products are included in the deal, and what is not. For years, restrictions among provinces prevented many food products such as dairy, wines and beer from flowing freely across the country.
Reuters: China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture
- China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years as it seeks to raise the efficiency of its agriculture sector, potentially boosting output of the crop by the world's top soy importer and consumer.
Bloomberg: Indonesian Palm Reserves Drop as Biodiesel Mandate Boosts Demand
- Palm oil stockpiles in Indonesia fell for at least a sixth straight month in June as the world’s largest producer used more of the vegetable oil as a biofuel.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald: Larimer pays $8.4 million for farm, water rights
- Larimer County now officially owns the 211-acre Malchow farm south of Berthoud and its associated water rights — a unique agreement that includes a water sharing component.
Stuttgart Daily Leader: Foundation preserving, supports rice land
- More rice producers will have the opportunity to increase sustainability and profitability on their farms thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant supports work through the USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited (DU) Rice Stewardship Partnership.
Lancaster Online: Survey may give Lancaster County farmers their due in Chesapeake Bay cleanup
- Nearly 7,000 farmers, including Plain sect farmers, have sent in surveys listing on-the-farm conservation practices that state officials and farm groups contend are not counted by the federal government in grading Pennsylvania’s progress toward cleaning up the nation’s largest estuary.
Science Daily: Big ag has chance to help or hinder our most important pollinators, research argues
- The research highlights consolidation of the agri-food industries as a major potential threat to pollinators, with a small numbers of companies now having unprecedented control of land.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Illegal kickbacks for foreign farm workers in Minnesota bring a federal fraud conviction
- An Ohio woman has been convicted in connection with a work-visa fraud conspiracy that required foreign laborers at a Minnesota vegetable farm to pay illegal fees and kickbacks.
CNN: Melania Trump will address immigration controversy, Donald Trump says
- Donald Trump announced Tuesday evening that his wife will hold a news conference "over the next couple of weeks" to address reports that she violated immigration laws when she first came to the U.S.
Wisbech (U.K.) Standard: Farm worker jumps to safety when his tractor bursts into flames at Walsoken
- The driver heard a loud bang and within seconds the cab was filled with smoke then burst into flames in the incident at Walsoken.
Agri-Pulse: In divisive election year, voters agree: Infrastructure needs fixing
- A new poll by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) found that half of registered voters believe the infrastructure has gotten worse over the past five years, and a majority of voters said roads and bridges are in “extreme” need of repair.
AP: UC Davis chancellor Katehi resigns
- The embattled chancellor of the University of California, Davis, resigned Tuesday following an investigation launched amid questions about her role in the hiring of image consultants to counter bad publicity from a pepper-spraying debacle on campus in 2011.
TechCrunch: Farmers Business Network raises $20 M to help farmers avoid spending on what they don’t need
- A startup called Farmers Business Network has raised $20 million in new venture funding to support the growth of its professional social network and data-sharing platform for agronomists.
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