Daily Harvest -- 8/12/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Alan Tiemann Chairman USGC
- (Audio) In this interview you’ll hear a farmer’s perspective of market development in a competitive global environment, the value of a potential Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the real potential for ethanol exports and a first-hand assessment of Cuban agriculture trade opportunities.
Agri-Pulse: USDA seeks comment on Monsanto's latest herbicide-tolerant corn
- USDA is seeking public comment on a Monsanto petition to approve corn genetically engineered to resist the herbicides dicamba and glufosinate.
Agri-Pulse: Polls show Trump leading Iowa as rivals head to state fair
- Donald Trump has taken the lead among Republican presidential candidates in Iowa as his GOP rivals prepare to make their pitches at the State Fair opening Thursday in Des Moines.
Agri-Pulse: First Iowa turkey farm restocked after avian flu
- (Audio) The first turkey farm infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza was restocked this week—an event that makes Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey very happy.
Wall Street Journal: Cargill Plans to Expand Business in Mexico
- Agribusiness company Cargill Inc. plans to expand its business in Mexico in coming years, including $170 million in direct investment, supplying credit for local farmers and increasing its purchases of Mexican crops, a company official said Tuesday.
WECT: Agriculture officials believe the Avian flu is on its way to North Carolina
- More than 20 states across the country have been dealing with reported cases of the Avian Flu. Millions of chickens and turkeys have been destroyed as a result. In fact, more than 50 million birds and over a billion dollars in revenue have been lost in Minnesota and Iowa alone because of the flu.
CBS: All bird flu quarantines lifted in Wisconsin
- The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Tuesday it has released the final six poultry producers from quarantine, including four farms in Barron County and two in Jefferson County.
Wall Street Journal: Chile Mines Turn to Renewable Energy
- The three industrial boilers at the state-owned Codelco mine high in the mountains here once consumed 67,000 barrels of diesel a year to turn out shiny copper sheets for export. Now, the job is powered by nearly 3,000 solar panels that take advantage of the Atacama Desert’s cloudless blue sky.
Ethanol Producer Magazine: EIA predicts ethanol production will hold steady through 2016
- The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that ethanol production will remain near current levels in 2015 and 2016.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Concurrent issues complicate nutrition's role in healthy eating
- There's a new and growing glut of criteria people are using to make healthful food selections. On one hand there's the traditional criteria - taste, price, convenience and nutrition. On the other is a small but growing list of consumers adding social variables to the mix - animal welfare, food security, the safety of GMOs, local and organic foods, not to mention water availability and climate change.
Wall Street Journal: Another Minimum Wage Backfire
- Last week the Wendy’s Company did a public service on its second-quarter earnings call by explaining how mandated wage hikes will lead to fewer jobs for the low-skill workers that progressives claim to be helping.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: U.S. Is Missing Out On China's Pork Boom Because Its Pigs Are on Muscle Drugs
- Hog farmers in the U.S., the world’s biggest exporter, are losing out on a big payday because of a feed ingredient that many have been giving pigs for the past 15 years.
Reuters: Risky assets reel as China allows yuan to fall for second day
- Asian stocks and emerging currencies tumbled on Wednesday and commodities fell after China allowed the yuan to fall sharply for a second straight day, forcing investors to seek refuge in safe-haven government debt.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: On Mexico trip, Dayton to formalize education, agriculture collaborations
- In Mexico this week for a trade mission, Gov. Mark Dayton and Mexican officials will sign five "memorandums of understanding" meant to formalize educational connections between the country and Minnesota, and to promote women in agriculture and business.
Reuters: China currency move latest headache for U.S. soy exporters
- China's surprise currency devaluation is the latest challenge for U.S. soybean exporters already facing their slowest sales pace in seven years as huge South American supplies and a strong dollar have been crimping demand for U.S. shipments for months.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Wall Street Journal: EPA Chief Apologizes for Toxic Spill Affecting Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico
- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy apologized Tuesday for a mine spill in Colorado that her agency caused last week and planned to travel to the area Wednesday, amid increasing criticism from lawmakers about the EPA’s response.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Christian Science Monitor: Along US-Mexico border, not enough hands for the harvest
- Empty stations on the harvest lines are more common this year throughout this swath of Arizona farm country, says Rademacher, who serves as president of the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association.
Los Angeles Times: California gives immigrants here illegally unprecedented rights, benefits, protections
- The changes have occurred with relatively little political rancor, which is all the more remarkable given the heated national debate about illegal immigration that has been inflamed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Politico: Immigration crackdown splits GOP
- Ted Cruz and other Senate Republicans are pushing an aggressive immigration crackdown, proposing tougher penalties against foreigners who repeatedly try to enter the United States illegally.
Agri-Pulse: Soybean leaders mourn loss of Dwain Ford
- Soybean leaders across the country are fondly remembering Kinmundy, Illinois soybean farmer Dwain Ford, 65, who passed away at his home Aug. 10 after fighting cancer.
Reuters: Federal lawmakers urge Oregon to speed up industrial hemp program
- U.S. lawmakers from Oregon urged state agricultural officials on Monday to advance a pilot project that would allow farmers to begin planting industrial hemp crops in time for next year's growing season.
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