Daily Harvest -- 8/22/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Kentucky showdown: McConnell and Grimes debate farm issues
- Kentucky farmers got a ringside seat Wednesday in a hotly-contested battle between Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Agri-Pulse: Biotech critic echoes conspiracy theories of old fringe group
- (Subscriber only) Jim Webster: Fast forwarding to the present day, I can hear the echoes of the widely discredited LaRouche from 1974 reverberating in the fulminations of Vandana Shiva, a self-appointed crusader who sees agricultural biotechnology as a similar plot that will bankrupt farmers and starve the poor.
Agri-Pulse: Recount expected in close vote for Missouri right to farm
- (Audio) A recount is likely in the Missouri Right to Farm Amendment, which was narrowly passed by just 2,500 votes out of nearly 1 million cast on Aug. 5.
Agri-Pulse: Nestlé sets new animal welfare standards
- Nestlé, the world's largest food company measured by revenue, announced new animal welfare standards for its supply chain today, in partnership with World Animal Protection.
Agri-Pulse: USDA publishes final amended rule for poultry inspection
- The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today published its final amended rule for the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection,” adding a fifth program for young chicken and all turkey processing plants after what it calls a successful 15-year trial.
Agri-Pulse: Farm Bureau seeks reversal of Chesapeake Bay pollution limit ruling
- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) late Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court ruling that upheld the EPA's pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Bloomberg: Too Much Corn With Nowhere to Go as U.S. Sees Record Crop
- The ripening corn and soybean fields stretch for miles in every direction from Dennis Wentworth’s farm in Downs, Illinois. As he marveled at his best-yielding crops ever, he wondered aloud where the heck he’ll put it all.
The Hill: Steyer slams Iowa Republican over biofuels
- Billionaire Tom Steyer's new ad against Republican Joni Ernst slams the Senate hopeful for opposing the renewable fuel mandate in Iowa.
Reuters: U.S. biodiesel industry suffers as biofuel rule delays drag on
- The long wait for final 2014 federal biofuel use targets has compounded troubles for U.S. biodiesel producers already hit by the Obama administration's preliminary plan to slash renewable fuel requirements.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces funding to help schools serve healthier food
- (Subscriber only) USDA today announced two additional ways it is planning to help schools serve healthier meals as part of their school lunch programs.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Farm groups seek EU biotech approvals
- In letters sent this week to the European Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), several agricultural organizations asked that the European Union (EU) take action in September on nine biotechnology products.
Wall Street Journal: WTO Panel Decides Against U.S. in Meat-Labeling Dispute
- The U.S. has lost a key round at the World Trade Organization in a trade dispute with Canada and Mexico over meat labeling, according to people familiar with the WTO's findings.
Science: China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn
- China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn.
Associated Press: Drought Hits Food Supplies in Central America
- Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.
Bloomberg: Canadian Farmers May Harvest Less Wheat and Canola in 2014
- Canadian wheat growers will probably reduce output by 26 percent this year and canola production will also fall, the government’s statistics agency said today.
Reuters: Dutch lender Rabobank sees uncertainty in Ukraine crisis
- Rabobank, the leading Dutch lender in the agriculture sector, said on Thursday its direct exposure to Russian sanctions was limited but some of its clients were suffering big losses due to a ban on imports of fruit and vegetables.
Reuters: China tightens checks on U.S. sorghum imports
- Chinese authorities are stepping up checks on U.S. cargoes of sorghum, traders said, potentially curbing shipments from the world's largest exporter of the corn-substitute.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Associated Press: Record Drought Saps California Honey Production
- California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
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