Daily Harvest -- 8/18/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Rick Tolman, CEO of NCGA
- (Audio) NCGA CEO Rick Tolman has spent over 30 years serving the nation's feed grain industry. At the end of September Tolman will end his 14 year career as lead of the nation's corn farmers.
Agri-Pulse: PEDv cases are down but future uncertain
- (Audio) The U.S. hog industry has learned a great deal about PEDv since it was first discovered here in the spring of 2013.
Agri-Pulse: EPA closes comment time for Agricultural Worker Protection Standards
- The public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed changes to its Agricultural Worker Protection Standards, published on March 19, 2014, closed Monday.
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Farmers Are Up to Their Ears in Corn
- Months of wet weather have fueled expectations for a corn crop so large that mounds of the grain will be a common sight across the Midwest after the harvest, which starts next month.
Des Moines Register: Study: Deadly hog virus could be carried in animal feed
- The deadly virus that has ravaged about 10 percent of the country's hog supply and sent pork prices soaring could be spreading through animal feed, a study has found.
The Hill: GOP rep: EPA decision ‘punishes’ farmers
- Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) vowed to fight a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to restrict some farming on land near salmon streams.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
- The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Associated Press: John Kerry Talks Asian Relationships, Trade Pact
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace and stability.
Bloomberg: Russia Bracing for Price Growth at 5-Year High on Food Ban
- Russia is preparing for consumer prices to rise at the fastest pace since 2010 after President Vladimir Putin banned food imports from the U.S. and its allies and backed a sales tax, according to three officials.
Wall Street Journal: Turkey to Expand Food Exports to Russia
- Turkey is preparing to ramp up food exports to Russia, hoping to benefit from Moscow's ban on Western produce amid the conflict in Ukraine.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: All cap, no trade
- Bruce Knight: Farmers and ranchers are well positioned to be part of the solution to cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
Washington Post: West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis
- Now, across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm.
Los Angeles Times: Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, report says
- The Missouri River's stream flow has changed significantly over the last 50 years, leading to serious water shortages in Montana and Wyoming and flooding in the Dakotas, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released last month.
Wall Street Journal: Cheeseburgers Won't Melt the Polar Ice Caps
- Those who promote sustainable agriculture often push for more "natural" production systems, such as grass fed, local, or organic beef. But these result in lower productivity, greater water and land use, and higher carbon footprints.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: More Latinos on Farms Move From Fields to Office
- Farming businesses in the United States are still dominated by whites, but Mr. Flores (whose last name means “flowers” in English) is one of a growing number of Latinos who own or operate farms in the country.
Washington Post: Montana Democrats choose a new Senate candidate
- Montana Democrats on Saturday chose a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War College.
Washington Post: Kentucky’s soil, climate make it ideal for hemp comeback
- Call it a homecoming for hemp: Marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin is undergoing a rebirth in a state at the forefront of efforts to reclaim it as a mainstream crop.
Sacramento Bee: Long-standing marriage goes sour for UC Davis, strawberry industry
- The imminent departure of UC Davis’ two strawberry breeders, who are forming their own company, has prompted a lawsuit over the future of strawberry research at the university.
USA Today: Veterans look to farming to grow and heal
- Simester's transition from the battlefield to the farm field underscores a growing trend in America: as thousands of young military personnel leave the service many are finding themselves drawn to the prospect of jobs on farms and ranches scattered throughout the countryside.
Wisconsin State Journal: Crop dusters battle stereotypes as they thrive with expanded roles in agriculture
- Big or small, crop dusters need more than great piloting and multitasking skills to succeed — and even survive — in their dangerous profession, which the National Transportation Safety Board said needs to be safer after it scrutinized 78 agricultural aviation accidents last year.
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