Daily Harvest -- 9/12/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Corn, soy crop forecasts raised to even bigger record levels
- USDA is raising its forecast for the corn and soybean crops to levels higher than the records predicted a month ago.
Agri-Pulse: Oil industry vs renewable fuels battle takes to the air – & gets political
- The battle over renewable fuels has taken to the air. The American Petroleum Institute (API) picked 9/11 to launch the first strike.
Agri-Pulse: House action on CR delayed until next week
- Discussion of a continuing resolution (CR) to prevent another government shutdown will be delayed until next week as members of Congress gather more information about potential U.S. military actions in Iraq and Syria.
Agri-Pulse: Corn production up, but prices are down
- (Audio) USDA has increased its estimate of the corn crop this month, building on already record highs. It will be the fifth record crop we’ve had in the last 12 years.
Bloomberg: Corn Declines to Four-Year Low as USDA Sees Bigger Crop
- Corn and soybeans fell to four-year lows after the U.S. forecast record harvests and expanding global inventories that will help limit gains in food inflation.
KUSI: Agriculture industry value is up despite drought
- The value of the region's agriculture industry last year was $1.85 billion, up 6 percent from 2012, according to an annual report released Wednesday by San Diego County officials.
The Hill: Rural voters key to Democratic Senate hopes in Georgia and Kentucky
- Democrats are playing offense in Georgia and Kentucky in their fight to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and rural voters are critical to wresting both seats away from the GOP column this November.
San Francisco Chronicle: Iowa college hopes to use grass to power campus
- The University of Iowa is hoping it will be able to use grass as a biofuel to help power the campus. About 70 people, including University of Iowa officials, on Wednesday toured Dan Black's farm where he is growing giant miscanthus, a tropical tallgrass native to east Asia.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Des Moines Register: FAO: Global food prices fall to lowest level in 4 years
- Global food prices fell to their lowest level in four years as all major food sectors declined during August with the exception of meat, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Washington Post: Fecal matter, mold and more found on Foster Farms chickens
- A New York-based consumer advocacy group posted more than 300 pages of USDA reports on their Web site Thursday that show widespread health and safety violations at Foster Farms plants across the nation, including mold growth, fecal contamination and cockroaches.
Washington Post: Chick-fil-A rules the roost, even 6 days a week
- Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who died Monday at age 93, was an unlikely leader for one of America’s most massive fast-food chains: a poor Southern Baptist turned billionaire and fried-chicken magnate who proudly mixed his Christian faith with the company’s brand.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Feedstuffs: Senators want USTR involved in China dispute
- A bipartisan group of senators, led by Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), have asked for the U.S. Trade Representative to work with China on resolving trade concerns related to the rejection of dried distillers grains shipments.
New York Times: FMC to Acquire Danish Insecticide Maker for $1.4 Billion
- Auriga Industries of Denmark said on Monday that it had agreed to sell its insecticide maker, Cheminova, to the FMC Corporation for about $1.4 billion in cash, plus the assumption of debt.
The Times of India: South Africa shows interest in India’s agriculture, food processing sectors
- Aiming to boost bilateral trade between the two countries, South Africa, on Thursday, evinced interest in food processing and agriculture sectors in India.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Protecting Bee Health is a Long-Term Commitment
- Congressman Austin Scott: Although there are many factors affecting bee populations, perhaps none is as important as the varroa mite, an invasive parasite that has decimated bee colonies since its introduction to the United States in the late 1980s.
New York Times: Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped, Reducing the Risks to Humans
- The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on Thursday.
The Guardian: Tropical forests illegally destroyed for commercial agriculture
- Increasing international demand for palm oil, beef, soy and wood is fuelling the illegal destruction of tropical forests at an alarming rate, according to new analysis that suggests nearly half of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of unlawful clearing for commercial agriculture.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
New York Times: Just 13, and Working Risky 12-Hour Shifts in the Tobacco Fields
- For years, public health experts and federal labor officials have sought to bar teenagers under 16 from the tobacco fields, citing the grueling hours and the harmful exposure to nicotine and other chemicals, but their efforts have been blocked.
The Hill: Cotton takes lead over Pryor in Ark.
- Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) might have seized the upper hand against Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) in an important Senate battleground following months of hard punching by both sides.
Journal Gazette: Farm Bureau snubs farmer Stutzman
- Indiana Farm Bureau has unfriended Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, the only farmer among Indiana's 11-member congressional delegation.
Washington Times: Missouri lawmakers fail to override deer farm veto
- Missouri lawmakers have failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that would have shifted regulation of deer ranches to the state Agriculture Department and created new incentives for the dairy industry.
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