Daily Harvest -- 8/26/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Watchdog cites management ‘challenges' facing USDA
- (Audio) The USDA's Office of Inspector General has filed its annual report on management challenges the department is facing, and topping the list of 11 challenges is how to coordinate the efforts of the various agencies and programs that provide oversight of key mission areas.
Agri-Pulse: USDA announces employment project grants to reduce SNAP cost
- (Audio) USDA is making $200 million in grant money available for state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies to conduct employment and training pilot projects to help SNAP participants find jobs.
Agri-Pulse: Kauai GMO crop law ruled invalid
- A federal judge ruled over the weekend that a law approved in Kauai of Hawaii regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid.
Reuters: Corn steady after losses, wheat ticks up on U.S. rains
- Chicago corn was largely unchanged on Tuesday as the market struggled after sliding 1 percent in the last session on news of improving crop conditions in the United States.
Reuters: USDA raises beef, pork prices forecasts on drought, disease
- Retail prices for many U.S. meats, already at record highs, continue to rise on a combination of drought and disease, but overall food cost increases remain near long-term averages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.
Washington Post: 8,500 residents. 12 attorneys: America’s rural lawyer shortage
- Rural Nebraska needs lawyers. Young, single, college-educated people keep leaving the Heartland, enticed elsewhere by more money or exposed brick lofts or mimosa-drenched brunches.
Washington Post: New go-to career for New England’s young: Farming
- Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading.
Lincoln Journal Star: Governor calls EPA 'enemy of agriculture'
- Gov. Dave Heineman on Monday called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the “enemy of agriculture” and said the federal agency is the biggest regulatory issue facing Nebraska producers.
New York Times: Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil
- The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Los Angeles Times: Editorial: A foolish ban on food aid is finally lifted
- Californians saddled with drug felony convictions will now, finally, be able to navigate their return from prison or jail with the help of food stamps.
The Oregonian: GMO labeling measure gets narrow 'no' recommendation from Oregon citizens review panel
- A 20-member citizens panel has narrowly voted against recommending passage of the Oregon Mandatory Labeling of GMOs initiative.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Corn and DDGs exports to Columbia increasing
- (Audio) The United States is on track to capture more than 95 percent of Columbia’s 141 million bushel corn market this marketing year, which ends at the end of this month.
Washington Post: 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: Agricultural Bank Posts Slowest Profit Gain in More Than a Year
- Agricultural Bank of China Ltd., the lender with the most branches in the nation, posted the smallest gain in quarterly profit in more than a year.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: Farm groups launch new water quality alliance
- Iowa farm groups today announced the launch of a new water quality alliance to accelerate the pace and scale of "quantifiable water quality improvements."
Washington Post: 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.
Omaha World-Herald: Untimely cold, hail combine to ravage Nebraska and Iowa vineyards
- More than 60 percent of Nebraska’s vineyards reported some sort of crop damage this year, and yields in some individual plots are down by 80 percent or more. In Iowa, grape yields were off by 30 percent to 40 percent.
Wall Street Journal: Warren Buffett to Invest in Burger King's Planned Deal for Tim Hortons
- Investor Warren Buffett is helping finance Burger King Worldwide Inc. BKW +19.51% 's planned takeover of Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., THI.T +19.26% according to people familiar with the matter, in a surprise twist that thrusts the billionaire into a debate over U.S. taxes.
Wall Street Journal: Genetic Engineering and the Fight Against Ebola
- Henry Miller: A handful of patients in the largest-ever Ebola outbreak have been treated with an experimental drug called ZMapp.
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