Daily Harvest -- 8/19/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Crop conditions hold steady, maturity varies in USDA report
- Expectations of a potentially record corn crop are bolstered by USDA's crop progress report, which said current conditions are better than last year's record harvest.
Agri-Pulse: Bigger corn crop good news for livestock producers
- (Audio) The record yields and production predicted for the U.S. corn crop this year have good potential to get even bigger, according to agricultural economist Steve Meyer.
Wall Street Journal: Ohio Corn Crop Likely Larger Than Expected
- The corn crop in Ohio, the nation's seventh largest producer of the grain, will surpass projections made in the most recent federal estimates, according to an average of survey results collected by crop scouts on a closely watched crop tour.
Bloomberg: Greener Pastures Signaling Rebound in U.S. Beef Supplies
- Signs of a rebound in U.S. beef supplies are taking shape with the changing color of the pastures on Glen Cope’s 2,000-acre ranch in Aurora, Missouri.
Alberta Farmer Express: U.S. railcar crunch makes crop storage critical: CHS chief
- The U.S. transportation network is inadequate to cope with bumper crops due to be harvested this season, creating a critical role for storage operations, the head of CHS Inc., a leading agricultural co-operative, said Friday.
The Hill: GOP rep: ‘Dangerous’ EPA rule could increase food costs
- Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said Monday that a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule would wreak havoc on farmers and possibly drive up food prices.
Quad City Times: Braley brings in Ag chair to attack Ernst on renewable fuels
- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley continued to hammer his Republican opponent, claiming she doesn’t support the farm bill and renewable fuels.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA report: Cost of raising a child over $245,000
- A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340, an overall 1.8 percent increase from 2012, according to a report released Monday.
The New Yorker: Seeds of Doubt: An activist’s controversial crusade against genetically modified crops.
- Early this spring, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva led an unusual pilgrimage across southern Europe, beginning in Greece, with the international Pan-Hellenic Exchange of Local Seed Varieties Festival, which celebrated the virtues of traditional agriculture.
USA Today: Farm stands revived as more buy directly from fields
- Today, farm stands and on-farm markets have been joined by an abundance of other choices from farmers markets to community-supported agriculture (CSA) shares from farms in which a member pays upfront before the season starts for a weekly "share" of the farm's harvest.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bloomberg: EU Offers $167 Million Produce Aid After Russia’s Ban
- The European Union activated emergency support for fruit and vegetable producers with a budget estimated at 125 million euros ($167 million) through November after Russia restricted imports of European farm goods.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: The cup's half full without groundwater regulation
- There's a laissez-faire attitude that allows landowners to pump all they want — or can — from their plummeting wells. Even Texas — that bastion of anti-regulation — recently began managing groundwater.
The Hill: FWS looking to protect mysterious butterfly
- Thought to have been extinct for nearly 100 years, federal regulators are considering new protections for a butterfly that has reemerged on the San Juan Islands in northern Washington state.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: House Dems want more farmworker protections
- Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) led 70 other House Democrats Monday in encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take more measures to protect agricultural workers from exposure to pesticides.
Wall Street Journal: Obama Weighing Business-Friendly Immigration Actions
- The White House is considering changes to immigration policy aimed at helping businesses, part of a broad review of procedures that also is likely to provide new protections for people now in the country illegally.
Washington Post: A more minimalist immigration reform bill
- House immigration reformers, quite rightly in our view, have emphasized a border-first reform plan that also draws the line at legalization, with substantial penalties and conditions, for those here illegally.
Washington Post: Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants
- It’s an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.
Los Angeles Times: Slaughterhouse indicted for allegedly selling cancer-ridden beef
- The co-owners of a Petaluma, Calif., slaughterhouse behind a massive beef recall were indicted by a federal grand jury along with two of their employees for knowingly distributing cattle with eye cancer and processing condemned carcasses.
Washington Post: Ex-peanut plant head says he lied about salmonella
- A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened, he testified Thursday.
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