Daily Harvest -- 8/29/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Dairy Margin Protection Program rolled out with online tool
- USDA announced today the rollout of the Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) and an online tool giving the nation's 46,000 dairy producers easy access to the program's 126 possible coverage options.
Agri-Pulse: FAPRI update: Will $4 corn be the new normal?
- In what could be great news for livestock and poultry producers and a gut-check for many corn, soybean and cotton growers, the latest baseline projections from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri suggests that corn prices could hover near $4/bu. through 2020, after dropping down to $3.89/bushel in 2014-15.
Agri-Pulse: APHIS sends two biotech matters to Federal Register for comment
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published notices in the Federal Register today, one involving extending the deregulation status for a Monsanto soybean and another proposing a field test for insecticide-free eradication of harmful insects.
Agri-Pulse: EPA downplays WOTUS maps release
- (Audio) Maps released by the House Committee on Science which reportedly appear to detail the extent of the EPA’s “water of the U.S.” proposal are being downplayed by the agency.
Bloomberg: No Monsanto, No Problem for Syngenta: Real M&A
- Syngenta and Monsanto held preliminary talks with advisers earlier this year about a combination that never came to fruition, people familiar with the matter have said.
The Hill: EPA blasts ‘myths’ on water jurisdiction rule
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hit back Thursday after a top Republican accused it of trying to take over large pieces of private land and water.
The Hill: Drought looms over California House race
- California’s Central Valley is in the midst of a drought of near-biblical proportions, and Rep. David Valadao (R) is praying his response to the crisis can keep him in office this fall.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Farm worker faces No. 2 Republican for House seat
- Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"
Des Moines Register: GOP TV ad: Braley doesn't share Iowa's agricultural values
- A one-minute ad knocking Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley for not sharing agricultural values hit Iowa airwaves this week.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: GMA announces industry initiative on food additive safety
- The Grocery Manufacturers Association says it is setting up a database of information on the chemicals commonly used in processed foods to ensure the Food and Drug Administration has access to information about ingredients the food industry determines to be “generally regarded as safe (GRAS).”
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: USDA proposes allowing fresh beef imports from northern Argentina
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow imports of fresh beef from northern Argentina once safety concerns are met to ensure against the transmission of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
Bloomberg: Sugar From Thailand Heading for NY Bourse Amid Global Glut
- Traders may ship Thai raw sugar equivalent to 16 percent of the global surplus against the October contract on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange, the first deliveries from the Asian nation since 2012.
Reuters: U.N. working to determine full scope of food crisis in S. Sudan
- Security concerns are preventing the United Nations gathering data from some areas of South Sudan to determine the full scope of a food crisis that could lead to full-blown famine by the end of the year, a World Food Programme (WFP) official said.
Reuters: EU provides aid to dairy sector after Russian ban
- The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia's ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers.
Des Moines Register: DuPont CEO: Johnston seed treatment center an ‘opportunity’
- A new DuPont Pioneer seed treatment center in Johnston “is a great opportunity” to develop new technology and add a few jobs, CEO Paul Schickler said at the Farm Progress Show near Boone this week.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Sacramento Bee: EPA says California’s Delta water tunnel project could violate federal law
- The pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.
Wall Street Journal: California Drought Squeezes Wells
- Californians have long battled over rights to rivers, lakes and other surface-water supplies, but the drought is finally shifting the focus to groundwater, which accounts for about 40% of water used in normal years—and up to 60% in drought years, as other sources dry up.
Washington Post: Swine for sale: How kids’ livestock shows became a cutthroat (and expensive) business
- Family farmers are struggling in the new world of livestock shows, where the best animals are bought online.
Wall Street Journal: USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails
- The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
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