Daily Harvest -- 9/18/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Lawmakers cut deal on grain inspections, livestock reports
- The Senate Agriculture Committee has reached a bipartisan agreement with the House for extending grain inspection standards and livestock price reporting.
Agri-Pulse: A closer look at importance of price reporting for livestock
- (Audio) Sen. Roberts explains why market information collected under Mandatory Price Reporting is so critical for cattle, sheep and hogs. NPPC’s Neil Dierks agrees.
Agri-Pulse: GOP launches new long-shot attack on Clean Water Act rule
- Senate GOP critics of the Obama administration's Clean Water Act rule initiated another long-shot attempt to strike it down.
Agri-Pulse: Neugebauer retiring from Texas district
- Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who has played a role in both agriculture and banking policy, announced that he won't seek re-election for an eighth term in his west Texas district.
Agri-Pulse: Budget writers asked to restore conservation cuts
- Conservation organizations and some farm groups are urging congressional budget writers to restore cuts they put in their fiscal 2016 spending bills and to reject a delay in new conservation compliance requirements for crop insurance.
MarketWatch: Aemetis Breaks the Blending Barrier in India with High Quality Distilled Biodiesel
- An advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company announced distilled biodiesel produced in India has been used by bulk customers to replace 100% petroleum diesel with 100% distilled biodiesel.
Hoosier Ag Today: U.S. Ethanol Production Highest Since May
Wall Street Journal: Defaults Mount in Beleaguered Energy Industry
- Samson Resources Corp. became the latest, and largest, victim of an industry downturn, as it filed for chapter 11 protection.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Organic farm sales surge 72 percent from 2008, USDA reports
- The 592-page report indicates organic sales are booming and there's plenty of potential for growth.
NPR: About A Third Of U.S. Kids And Teens Ate Fast Food Today
- Despite all the promptings to eat more healthfully, this rate of fast-food consumption hasn't budged in the past 15 years.
U.S. News: Another food fight? Congress weighs changes to school meals standards as law set to expire.
- Congress is deciding whether it wants another pitched battle with first lady Michelle Obama and the administration over school lunches that put more whole grains in kids' meals and cut salty foods.
LA Times: Is Poke the New Sushi? Meet the Simple Fish Dish That’s Taking L.A. by Storm
- A marinated raw fish dish ubiquitous in Hawaii, poke has crossed over to the mainland in a big way.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Commerce Department affirms Mexican sugar subsidies distort trade
- The Department of Commerce today affirmed its earlier ruling that Mexico has been unfairly subsidizing its sugar producers and dumping surplus sweetener into the U.S. market at less than fair value.
Reuters: Brazil agricultural agents strike; action seen slowing exports
- The strike is expected to most affect Brazilian exports as striking agents will not be issuing international certificates needed to guarantee the origin of Brazilian farm products and their legal exit from the country.
Lodi News-Sentinel: For Arkansas rice farmer, hope for sales to Cuba even as exports drop
- Sen. Boozman and his colleagues face significant headwinds in their efforts to partially or completely dismantle the embargo and other restrictions that have governed trade with Cuba for decades.
Agrimoney: Dairy woes to shrink Ukraine cattle herd to 14% of Soviet levels
- The industry's decline reflects largely the less prosperous times for Ukraine livestock producers since the end of the Soviet Union, which operated generous farm subsidy schemes.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Science 2.0: Green Paradox: Monarch Butterflies Turn Out To Be GMOs
- Environmental activists have some explaining to do in the light of a brand new study in the journal PLOS which concludes that monarch butterflies are genetically modified organisms.
Agri-Pulse: Fish and Wildlife Service to assess 23 species for ESA listing
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will assess the status of 23 wildlife and plant species to determine whether they should be listed, delisted or reclassified under the Endangered Species Act.
Times of San Diego: Kangaroo Rat Remains Endangered Per Fish & Wildlife Services
- According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Stephen’s kangaroo rat will retain protected status until it can be proven that the animal’s habitat is not under threat.
Agri-Pulse: (Subscriber only) Paying farmers eyed as a way of restoring butterfly habitat
- A leading environmental group is exploring a plan to pay farmers to set aside edges or corners of their fields to serve as habitat for the monarch butterfly.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
AgWeek: Fewer jobs in agriculture contribute to migration in Central America
- Food shortages and cuts in farming jobs caused by a prolonged drought are driving thousands of people living in parts of Central America to leave their homes, according to new academic research.
LA Times: Obama names Fernando Valenzuela ambassador for immigration program
- President Obama appointed the legendary Dodgers left-hander and current broadcaster as a presidential ambassador for citizenship and naturalization.
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