Daily Harvest -- 9/4/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senators want to include GIPSA rules in USDA funding
- A group of 13 bipartisan senators asked leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations to exclude a policy rider in the agriculture appropriations bill that would halt certain USDA livestock marketing rules.
Agri-Pulse: Zoetis granted conditional license for PEDv vaccine
- (Subscriber only) Zoetis Inc. has been granted a conditional license by USDA for a vaccine to help fight the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has killed millions of piglets in the U.S. since being found in the nation's herd in the spring of 2013.
Agri-Pulse: Perdue Foods announces major step in reducing antibiotic use
- Perdue Foods announced today that it has removed all antibiotics from its chicken hatcheries, a move that took five years to implement and goes above and beyond USDA and FDA voluntary guidelines.
Agri-Pulse: Sequester will impact livestock disaster program payments
- (Audio) Livestock producers seeking disaster aid are being urged to apply before the end of the month to avoid a sequester-related 7 percent reduction in payments.
The Atlantic: How Urban Farming Is Making San Francisco's Housing Crisis Worse
- The demand for housing is San Francisco is huge. Due to geography and policy choices, the supply is practically fixed. Urban-farming credits are an additional incentive against new construction, which makes the city's wealthy property owners better off, but cuts against the interests of renters from all income groups who'd like to live there.
Wall Street Journal: Monsanto, Under Attack for GMOs, Has a New Defender
- When Monsanto Co. MON +0.31% purchased Climate Corp. for $930 million last year, it got a San Francisco-based startup that crunches weather data to improve crop yields and design insurance. It also got David Friedberg, the company's 34-year-old co-founder, who may prove an even more valuable asset.
Agri-Pulse: POET opens first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in the U.S.
- POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture of Royal DSM and POET, LLC, today opened its Project LIBERTY plant, which is the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in the country and is expected to produce up to 25 million gallons of cellulosic bio-ethanol annually.
Bloomberg: EPA’s Renewable Fuel Quota May Rise as Gasoline Sales Climb
- U.S. renewable fuel quotas may end up higher than a proposal issued last year because gasoline use is climbing, the Environmental Protection Agency’s chief said.
Scientific American: Advanced Biofuels Power Up Amid Resistance
- The first of three big commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants comes online in Iowa in a bid to prove the fuel's promise as a solution to climate change.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Report shows hunger decreasing but not to pre-recession levels
- A study released today by USDA's Economic Research Service says more than 17.5 million Americans struggled with hunger in 2013, down slightly from 17.6 million the previous year.
Agri-Pulse: GMO labeling opponents increase lobbying efforts
- (Subscriber only) Opponents of mandatory labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, or “GMO foods,” spent nearly three times as much in lobbying expenditures in the first half of 2014 as they did in all of 2013, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said in a report.
Reuters: Fewer U.S. households lacking enough food – USDA
- The percentage of Americans regarded as "food insecure" - lacking access to enough food for a healthy life - has declined in the past few years but still represents over 17 million households, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.
Bloomberg: N.D. Has Lowest Hunger Risk as 49 Million in U.S. Strain
- North Dakota’s oil and gas production boom has boosted incomes and, according to a government report today, left the state with the lowest percentage of households struggling to afford food.
Bloomberg: Whole Foods Plays Bargain Grocer in Manhattan
- Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM), working to shed its “Whole Paycheck” image, has become one of the cheaper chains for grocery shopping in Manhattan, according to a report by Bloomberg Intelligence.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Reuters: Under Putin's gaze, Gazprom starts mega-pipeline to China
- President Vladimir Putin on Monday oversaw the start of construction on a giant pipeline that is due to ship $400 billion (240.78 billion pounds) worth of Russian gas to China in the three decades after flows begin in 2019.
Wall Street Journal: Brazil's Sugar Sector Goes on a Diet
- Brazil's sugar industry is slimming down, a shift that producers hope will deliver them from a yearslong glut that has depressed prices.
Wall Street Journal: Abe's Little Reshuffle
- The Japanese Prime Minister's decision to place several reformers in key positions is certainly positive. However, the changes aren't far-reaching enough to suggest the promised "third arrow" of structural reform will be forthcoming.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
The Hill: Boehner: Immigration reform could happen next year
- Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday said Congress could tackle immigration reform next year if conditions are right.
Wall Street Journal: Kansas Democrat Withdraws From U.S. Senate Race, Upending Contest
- Upending the U.S. Senate race in Kansas, the Democratic candidate has withdrawn from the contest, leaving Republican Sen. Pat Roberts with a narrowed field and a potentially formidable opponent in an independent candidate.
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