Daily Harvest -- 8/12/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: 50 young ag leaders share their vision for the future
- If farmers’ political power could be measured by passion, the 50 young farm leaders we featured in our “Packing Political Punch in Rural America” series are already off the charts in terms of influence.
Agri-Pulse: Progress on new programs for cotton growers
- (Audio) Sign-up for the new cotton transition assistance program began on Monday. The program is designed to provide interim payments to cotton program until STAX becomes available later this year.
The Hill: Latino groups flex muscle on EPA water reg
- Latino groups are rallying behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States regulation as they begin flexing their political muscle on issues other than immigration ahead of November’s midterms.
The Hill: GAO faults cost analyses for EPA regulations
- A government report made public Monday finds fault with the Environmental Protection Agency’s analyses of the costs and benefits of its regulations.
Bloomberg: Food Stamps, Faberge, Brunswick: Intellectual Property
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has asked the grocery industry to comment on whether data related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a trade secret.
New York Times: Invader Batters Rural America, Shrugging Off Herbicides
- Botanists call the weed palmer amaranth. But perhaps the most fitting, if less known, name is carelessweed. In barely a decade, it has devastated Southern cotton farms and is poised to wreak havoc in the Midwest — all because farmers got careless.
Biomass Magazine: Construction underway on Missouri anaerobic digestion project
- Construction is underway in Northern Missouri on an innovative $80 million renewable energy project, developed and constructed by Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC in collaboration with Murphy-Brown of Missouri LLC, the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc.
Belfast Telegraph: Fracking: Heavily-censored report claims drilling caused a fall in US house values
- An internal Government document has found that house prices in some rural areas of the US and Canada affected by fracking dropped by up to 14 per cent.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Animal feed group asks FDA for changes to food safety transportation rules
- The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make “significant changes” in its proposed rules implementing the sanitary food transportation provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Wall Street Journal: Bananas: A Big Business, and a Pretty Small Business
- What could you do with $625 million these days? You could buy a 25% stake in Zynga, or perhaps 15% of Domino's Pizza. Or alternatively, you could put in a bid to snap up 100% of the world’s second-largest banana company.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: Modi Says India Blocked Trade Deal to Serve the Poor
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi said over the weekend that his government blocked ratification of a WTO pact because India’s demands for more leeway to stockpile food are essential for safeguarding the country’s farmers.
Reuters: EU officials seek to limit impact of Russia's food import ban
- European Union regulators on Monday began analyzing product-by-product the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports announced in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
Financial Times: Wheat more at risk from tanks than tractors
- Commodity futures trading can be volatile enough without having to cope with intense geopolitical factors.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Cargill settles CWA violation
- Cargill agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at two different large oil storage facilities located in Blair, Neb., and Eddyville, Iowa.
Bloomberg: California Drought Transforms Global Food Market
- Crop switching is one sign of a sweeping transformation going on in California -- the nation’s biggest agricultural state by value -- driven by a three-year drought that climate scientists say is a glimpse of a drier future.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
NPR: Two Ways President Obama Could Act On Immigration
- Sometime before the end of summer, President Obama is expected to take executive action to address the nation's broken immigration system.
Agri-Pulse: Dean Foods losses grow in ˆdifficult operating environmentˆ
- Dean Foods, the nation's largest bottled milk company, lost $6 million in its most recent quarter, in a time CEO Gregg Tanner describes as “even more challenging than we had originally anticipated.”
Agri-Pulse: Farmer Mac reports jump in 2Q core earnings to $23.2 million
- (Subscriber only) The Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp., or Farmer Mac, reported core earnings of $23.2 million, or $2.05 per diluted common share, for the second quarter, compared to $16.5 million, or $1.48 per diluted common share a year earlier.
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