Daily Harvest -- 8/25/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA finalizes 2014 RFS rule
- (Subscriber only) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today sent the proposed final rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), clearing another hurdle for a final rule to be released.
Agri-Pulse: Open Mic with Michael Brown, President of NCC
- (Audio) Michael Brown with the National Chicken Council says growing demand for protein and lower feed prices are giving reason for optimism in the chicken industry.
Agri-Pulse: Biodiesel Board is hopeful about new RFS rule
- (Audio) The EPA has sent is final rule for 2014 RFS volume obligations to the White House OMB for review and the last step before public release. The National Biodiesel Board is hoping to see an increase in the requirement for biodiesel from the proposal released last year.
Fox Business: Bumper Crop Could Mean Bust for Some in Farm Sector
- Thanks to one of the best growing seasons in recent memory, corn prices have fallen more than 20% over the past year to a four-year low. Now, industry experts say prices are likely to dip even further amid the glut in supply.
KIMT: Vilsack: Farmers should be OK despite price drops
- U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he isn’t worried about farmer profitability this year, when huge corn and soybean crops have pushed prices for the commodities below the cost of production.
San Jose Mercury News: Huge solar farm proposed south of Silicon Valley wins power contract, but loses major investor
- A proposal to build one of the world's largest solar farms in a rural area south of Silicon Valley has cleared one of its final hurdles after five years of planning and environmental debate.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Vandana Shiva echoes old fringe group's conspiracy theories
- (Subscriber only) Forty years ago in November, the World Food Conference in Rome was my first encounter, as a young congressional staffer, with the followers of Lyndon LaRouche, a group of zealous activists bent on exposing what they saw as a vast conspiracy of multinational companies, government agencies and foundations bent on starving humanity.
Agri-Pulse: Incentives for states may boost SNAP fraud detection
- State officials might improve their record in detecting fraud in USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if financial incentives were provided that would help support the costs of investigation, according to the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Agri-Pulse: Few differences in milk and health of organic, regular cows
- Cows raised on organic and conventional dairy farms in three regions of the United States show no significant differences in health or in the nutritional content of their milk, according to a USDA-financed study by three land grant universities.
Los Angeles Times: As Americans pig out, bacon sees sizzling price hikes
- The country's love affair with bacon is coming at an increasing cost. The price of the popular cured meat has risen at more than three times the rate of inflation since 2008, the most of any meat, according to government price trackers.
Wall Street Journal: Meet Mr. Frankenfood
- Monsanto's COO Brett Begemann, the son of a farmer, explains why genetically modified food is safe—and essential to feed a hungry planet.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: China reopens market to California citrus
- California citrus producers can once again export their products to China after a 16-month suspension, USDA announced today.
New York Times: Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons
- The restaurant operator said on Sunday that it is in talks to buy Tim Hortons Inc, the Canadian donut-and-coffee chain, in a potential deal that would create one of the world’s biggest fast-food chains.
Wall Street Journal: Deere to Lay Off 460 More Employees Amid Weaker Demand
- Deere & Co. said Friday that it plans to lay off about 460 employees at its flagship farm tractor plant in Waterloo, Iowa, as the company throttles back production in response to falling demand for farm machinery.
Los Angeles Times: U.S. rice farmers see opportunity in China
- Selling U.S. rice to China seemed like a slam-dunk. But eight years after Yielding's first venture on behalf of the U.S. industry, not a single shipment of American rice has officially made it into Chinese hands.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Los Angeles Times: Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels drop
- A year and a half of drought has depleted 63 trillion gallons of water across the Western United States, according to a new study that documents how the parched conditions are altering the landscape.
The Hill: Vanishing bird ignites debate over endangered species rules
- A potential move by federal regulators to list a small bird as endangered has ignited debate over changes to the Endangered Species Act.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Fox News: Migrant Farm Workers Sue DuPont Pioneer Seed Company Over Underpaid Wages
- A major seed company is being sued by more than 30 migrant farm workers who say they were underpaid while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan.
Agri-Pulse: Cargill pledges $1 million to Raising Nebraska agriculture exhibit
- With a major presence in Nebraska, Cargill has become the title sponsor of a year-round education exhibit, “Raising Nebraska,” pledging $1 million dollars over five years.
NPR: Are Food Boats The Next Food Trucks? Don't Count On It
- Most of the food boats out there seem to be the only one in their community. And while the number of food truck is growing nationwide, food boats are a movement so quiet that nearly every food boat owner I spoke with had never heard of any of the others.
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