Daily Harvest -- 8/11/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Glickman to chair Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research
- Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman has been elected board chairman of the newly established Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research.
Agri-Pulse: Details of new poultry inspection program from USDA
- (Audio) USDA is implementing the most significant update to the poultry inspection systtem in over 60 years.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Ron Gray, President of U.S. Grains Council
- (Audio) The US grain industry will see a paradigm shift to ample supplies and lower prices in this crop year. Illinois corn farmer and newly elected president of the US Grains Council, Ron Gray sees the shift as a challenge and an opportunity.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Cool summer raises expectations of record corn, soybean harvest; seed, GPS technology factors
- A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybean crops. Pair that with high-yield seeds and other new farming technologies, and the U.S. is looking at busting records come harvest time.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Farmers worry over forecasts of another strong corn harvest
- It’s a simple case of supply far exceeding demand, with corn prices rapidly falling to the point where growers may actually lose money, despite having fields bursting with corn.
Des Moines Register: Low corn prices have widespread impact on U.S. agriculture
- An abundant corn harvest is expected to flood the market with billions of bushels this fall — a grain rush that has driven down prices and squeezed the bottom lines of many Corn Belt farmers while supplying ethanol and livestock producers with cheap product.
Reuters: US Pacific Northwest exports backlogged, delays could worsen
- U.S. grain shipments out of the largest terminal in the Pacific Northwest are facing major delays as grain inspectors remain off-site because of a labor dispute, and concerns are growing that the backlogs will get much worse when bumper harvests roll in.
San Francisco Chronicle: Bridges key piece to toting big soybean harvest
- Hauling soybeans to Stockland Grain Co. from the west means crossing the Stockland bridge. It's restricted to 29 tons or 58,000 pounds; a fully loaded grain trucks weighs 80,000 pounds.
Nature World News: Promising Biofuel Crops May Prove Invasive
- Lauren Quinn, and invasive plant ecologist at the University of Illinois, has developed a set of regulatory definitions and provisions for growers and officials to consider before anything else.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Los Angeles Times: One man's uphill fight to stem childhood obesity
- He sees a condensed and manageable space to test emerging theories that suggest keeping off extra pounds requires upending everyday food culture — at schools, in grocery stores and homes, at restaurants.
Food Safety News: Vermont Asks Court to Dismiss Industry Challenge to GMO Labeling Law
- Vermont’s attorney general has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to dismiss a lawsuit by a group of food manufacturer trade associations to overturn Vermont’s law requiring labels on genetically modified food beginning in July 2016.
Syracuse.com: GMO or no? Should labels be required on food with genetically modified ingredients?
- The fight over the right to know whether food is GMO came to New York this year and experts on both sides says it's here to stay.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: U.S. poultry producers say Russia ban won’t have major impact
- Russia's ban on U.S. poultry imports will not have a major impact on the U.S. industry, according to the National Chicken Council and USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.
Forbes: Putin's European Food Ban Bad For Russia, Good For Brazil
- Russia will now turn to Brazil, the world’s largest meat exporter, for its supply of chicken and beef.
New York Times: Half a Ton of This, Half a Ton of That: Russia Is Calm Over Food Import Bans
- Across this wealthy capital — where Soviet privations surrendered long ago to the spare-no-expense demands of an elite wielding significant petro-rubles — the possible ramifications of doing without sank in slowly on Friday.
Reuters: U.S. almond growers say 'nuts!' to Russian import limits
- With Russia pitting itself against the United States, the European Union and other major trading partners with bans on agricultural imports, an outsized share of the trade dispute is falling where Vladimir Putin may never have expected: On the almond growers of central California.
Des Moines Register: Making It in China: Food scandal indicative of new era
- The recent expired meat scandal originating from Shanghai-based Husi Food Co., Ltd., a supplier to many of China's largest fast-food corporations, had seemingly scared all big-city McDonald's locations away from offering any sort of meat product. Coffee, however, they could do.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill 4th quarter earnings fall 12 percent
- Cargill Inc. said net earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter fell 12 percent from a year earlier, to $424 million. The company cited weaker economic conditions in some countries and the negative impact of a change in Venezuela's effective currency exchange rates.
Washington Post: Craft beer: Corn gets a new look from brewers, and not as a mere filler
- Flying Dog Brewery’s Agave Cerveza is brewed with corn, an ingredient that is becoming more acceptable among American craft brewers.
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