Daily Harvest -- 8/13/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: STAX will be available for 2015 crop year
- USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced that the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) will be available to upland cotton producers through the federal crop insurance program beginning with the 2015 crop year.
Agri-Pulse: Corn crop seen at record 14.032 billion bushels
- (Subscriber only) The U.S. corn crop will reach a record 14.032 billion bushels, up from 13.86 billion forecast a month ago and the previous record of 13.925 billion in 2013, USDA said today in a monthly report.
Agri-Pulse: Most crops bigger than last year
- (Audio) A little more corn and a lot more soybeans and cotton compared to last year is what USDA is forecasting in the new report out this week. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber says it looks likely corn will reach the projected record average yield of 167.4 bushels per acres.
Wall Street Journal: Forecast for Record Soybean Crop Pressures Prices
- Soybean prices fell nearly 2% as government forecasters estimated this year's crop would be by far the largest in history.
Wall Street Journal: Deere Faces a Lean Harvest
- The U.S. government's update on the size of major grain crops said corn production and yields would likely both break records in 2014. That will add to a glut that pushed the price per bushel to a four-year low last week. Despite higher volumes, lower prices will cut sharply into farm incomes.
The Hill: Health group ‘superbugged’ by antibiotic misuse
- A health group is renewing their push for stricter Food and Drug Administration regulations that would prohibit farmers from giving antibiotics to livestock to compensate for poor living conditions and help them grow faster.
The Hill: IRS guidance relaxes renewable energy tax credit
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lowered the threshold for renewable energy projects that qualify for federal tax credits.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Wall Street Journal: National Food Fight
- You know something has gone awry when a school district would rather forgo hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding than remain in the national school lunch program.
Food Safety News: Death Threats From Anti-GMO Nuts
- A new “Monsanto Collaborators” website created by millionaire organic activist Mike “the Health Ranger” Adams charges that hundreds of thousands of deaths have been caused by GMO crops, and that people who support genetically modified organisms, like myself, Fox News’s John Stossel and the former ABC Newsman Jon Entine, are guilty of mass genocide, and hence deserving of a punishment that befits our crime.
Washington Post: Taco Bell goes upscale with house-made fusion tacos (lobsters, too)
- Next to the pier in Huntington Beach, Calif., is a taco place where you can order lobster, brisket with tacos and milkshakes. Behind this new fast-casual venue is none other than Taco Bell, which launched U.S. Taco Co. on Monday to take tacos to a foodier edge.
Watchdog: State senator: GMO labeling ‘a marketing ploy’ by organics industry
- A Vermont state senator who voted against labeling foods containing GMOs says the push to label genetically modified food is about boosting sales of organic foods.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: China halts some U.S. pork imports over feed additive use
- China has barred pork imports from six U.S processing plants and six cold storage facilities effective on Wednesday to enforce its ban on the use of a feed additive that promotes lean muscle growth, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.
Oregon Live: Inspections resume at United Grain; longshore union prepares for ratification vote
- Neither the longshore union nor the three grain-handling companies who operate in the Portland area will talk publicly about the tentative contract they agreed to late Monday night. Nobody wants to affect the outcome of the union's ratification vote, which will be announced Aug. 25.
Washington Post: Food import ban means Russia is fully at war with the West
- Russians are about to lose access to virtually all food imported from the West — which is to say, a significant portion of the food that Russians consume.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Kellogg joins campaign to fight climate change
- Cereal giant Kellogg is joining General Mills in promising industry-leading steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its agricultural supply chains.
Des Moines Register: We can't let agriculture destroy our environment
- Iowa could take steps to avoid that fate by limiting how much fertilizer farming operations use. Instead, Iowa lets them decide whether to voluntarily reduce nitrogen and phosphorus use — the sources of "toxic blooms" of algae. That isn't working.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: On Immigration, G.O.P. Starts to Embrace Tea Party
- Late last month, as members of Congress were poised to leave for their summer recess, the House Republicans’ top policy experts found themselves in a barren conference room in the Capitol’s basement, negotiating with the party’s most ardent opponents of immigration overhaul.
USA Today: Alberto Gonzales: Obama's time for immigration action
- I support the President's commitment to address this issue provided his actions are consistent with his duty under the Constitution to faithfully execute our laws.
Bloomberg Businessweek: In New England Grocery Standoff, Workers Back Ex-Boss and Lose Pay
- When employees at Market Basket, one of New England’s most successful retail chains, walked off the job a few weeks ago it wasn’t because of management’s attempts to lower wages or cut pensions or make them pay more for health benefits. It was because their boss, Arthur T. Demoulas, had been ousted as president by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
Civil Beat: Is Kauai Pro-GMO? Primary Election Results Suggest So
- Kauai County Councilmen Mel Rapozo and Ross Kagawa, the lone members to oppose the county’s controversial GMO disclosure bill last year, are now more popular than ever among voters.
Charlotte Observer: Harris Teeter denies PETA allegations about abuse at dairy
- Harris Teeter denied Tuesday that it uses milk from a small farm that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused of animal cruelty, though PETA insisted its investigation shows the milk goes to Harris Teeter. The dairy operation is located in Haywood County, in Western North Carolina, the animal rights group said. The dairy milks about 30 cows.
Eater: Robin Williams' Most Memorable Food Moments
- Along with his many well-known roles — including the big blue genie in Aladdin, the eponymous doctor in Patch Adams, and an alien from outer space in Mork & Mindy — Williams was for fourteen years a successful restaurant investor.
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