Daily Harvest -- 9/16/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Daily Mail/Reuters: As US farm cycle turns, tractor makers may suffer longer than farmers
- Farm equipment makers insist the sales slump they face this year because of lower crop prices and farm incomes will be short-lived. Yet there are signs the downturn may last longer than tractor and harvester makers, including Deere & Co, are letting on and the pain could persist long after corn, soybean and wheat prices rebound.
Agri-Pulse: Big problems require big solutions
- In this opinion piece, Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh and Dr. Mark Edelman discuss accomplishments of “a couple of stellar agricultural leaders” who passed from our midst in the last couple of months: Ralph Hofstad, former President and CEO of Land O'Lakes based in Arden Hills Minnesota, and Claire Sandness, former LOL Board Chair from LaMoure, North Dakota.
Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Recount upholds ‘yes’ vote on Missouri’s Amendment 1
- According to the Missouri Secretary of State's office, the recount shows the measure passed by a narrow margin out of almost a million cast
Agri-Pulse: U.S. Cattlemen support Vilsack review of Beef Checkoff
- Efforts to reform the beef checkoff, which doled out $182 million in producer funds between FY 2009 and 2013 for promotion and research, are beginning to show signs of fatigue as organizations express frustration with the process.
Agriculture.com: USDA: Corn Harvest is 4% Complete
- As expected, the U.S. corn and soybean crop condition ratings have been left unchanged from a week ago, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report Monday.
The Pig Site: Hog Outlook: 2014 Pork Production Forecast Lowered
- USDA lowered their forecast of 2014 pork production a tiny bit and lowered their forecast of annual average hog price by $2.50 to $77-78/cwt of live weight.
Agri-Pulse: Audio: Missouri Right to Farm Amendment Still Passes in Recount
- Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, explains what passage of Missouri’s Amendment 1 means to farmers and ranchers in his state.
Agri-Pulse: New legislation would speed up approval of products that control bee pests
- As concerns continue about the U.S. bee population, lawmakers are looking at new legislation that would expedite the registration of products intended to improve pollinator health by controlling the Varroa mite, a detrimental pest to the honey bee.
Farm & Ranch Guide: State agriculture leaders back return of tax deduction
- The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) has recommended to Congress that the Section 179 tax deduction level in the Internal Revenue Service code remain consistent with the 2010-2013 limit for small businesses.
Boston Globe: 100% of power for Vermont city now renewable
- Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass.
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Daily Beast: Whole Foods' Anti-GMO Swindle
- Cute labels saying products haven't been genetically modified are designed to profit off of fear, not protect you with science.
NPR: 'Language of Food' Reveals Mysteries of Menu Words and Ketchup
- The words we use for everyday foods contain clues to their origins and hint at their ancient travels across the globe as they merge, fuse and sometimes take on different forms altogether.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Twin Falls Times-News: Scottish Independence and Agriculture: A Good Mix?
- Driving around the Scottish countryside confirms what polls are indicating with less than a week to go before Scottish referendum on independence: it's too close to call.
Irish Times: EU handling of Russian ban defended by outgoing agriculture commissioner
- The EU’s handling of the impact of the Russian food import ban has been defended by outgoing EU commissioner for agriculture Dacian Ciolos amid calls for more support for producers hit by the sanctions.
Argus Leader: Ag bracing for railroad delays as record harvest looms
- As farmers prepare to harvest this year’s crops and move into export markets, agriculture shippers have dramatically lowered their expectations for the railroads.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack announces $15.7 million in conservation projects grants
- Vilsack says the projects, which are to be awarded in 31 states and the District of Columbia, will help develop and demonstrate cutting edge ideas to accelerate innovation in conservation of natural resources.
Reuters: Crews battle 11 major California wildfires amid drought, heat wave
- Crews battled nearly a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced hundreds of people to flee, destroyed dozens of homes and structures and charred thousands of acres of forest land left bone dry by the state's record drought
San Francisco Chronicle: Dramatic before-and-after photos of the California drought
- California is in a historic three-year drought, and recent photos taken in Northern California put a visual exclamation mark on the issue.
Des Moines Register: DuPont to pay $1.85M fine for herbicide damage to trees
- DuPont did not admit to liability, but agreed to pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve complaints the Delaware-based company failed to submit reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about a herbicide called Imprelis that resulted in reports of death or damage about 7,000 trees.
Reuters: GMO safety, weed control top concerns as U.S. study kicks off
- Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Politico: Immigration hits Kentucky Senate race
- The main pro-Mitch McConnell outside group will spend just under $1 million over the next week, starting Tuesday, on a commercial that links Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes with President Barack Obama over their shared support for “a pathway to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants.
Chicago Sun Times: Are pols missing the real effect of delay on immigration reform?
- The politics of immigration reform, including President Barack Obama’s decision to delay executive action, has undercurrents that aren't necessarily showing up in the polls.
National Journal: Small Farm Program Paying Big Dividends
- Fresh from a research trip to Africa, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow received the McGovern-Dole Leadership Award from the World Food Program USA and talked about Feed the Future. Stabenow is broadening her agenda to include encouraging land ownership for women in Africa to asking foreign leaders to make sure their decisions on climate change and genetic modification are based on science.
USAgNet: More Women Getting Involved in Agriculture
- More and more women are taking on leading roles in the agriculture industry. Over the past 10 years the presence of women in agriculture has increased significantly, with a 21 percent rise in the number of female principal farm operators.
Washington Post: Stink bug census underway in Washington
- A special federal census starts Monday as part of a government effort to get a handle on one of the peskiest pests to plague the Washington region in years.
Rolling Stone: Farm Aid 2014's 10 Best Musical Moments
- Jack White brings a White Stripes set, Neil Young digs deep and more highlights from the unforgettable fest
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