Daily Harvest -- 9/19/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: White House issues executive order combatting antibiotic resistance
- The White House issued today an executive order to create a plan to fight antibiotic resistance, a problem the Administration said is a “serious threat to public health and the economy.”
Agri-Pulse: Updated FAPRI outlook shows bigger crops, lower prices
- The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) has released a new snapshot updating its five-year outlook for crop prices. The report incorporates USDA data from mid-September that suggest bigger corn and soybean crops than previously estimated - and lower projected prices for many crops.
Agri-Pulse: USDA helping growers impacted by citrus greening
- (Audio) USDA is offering to help Florida citrus growers to remove and replace trees afflicted with citrus greening, which USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says is devastating the industry.
Reuters: Canada says will fine CN Rail for failure to ship enough grain
- The Canadian government will fine Canadian National Railway Co for failing to meet minimum weekly grain volumes under an official order demanding railways ramp up grain shipments or face penalties, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Wednesday.
Bloomberg: Oil Clogging U.S. Railways Seen Limiting Exports of Grain
- Shipping companies probably will miss out on exports from the record U.S. grain harvest because the shale-oil boom is clogging up rail lines to ports.
Reuters: Ingredion bans new GMO corn at plant, mulls fate of second type
- Ingredion Inc, manufacturer of sweeteners and starches made from corn, will not buy a new variety of genetically modified corn developed by Syngenta AG, according to a notice on the ingredients supplier's website on Wednesday.
Reuters: Despite USDA approval, Dow's new GMO corn and soybeans face hurdles
- U.S. approval of Dow AgroSciences' new genetically-modified corn and soybeans takes the agricultural giant a step closer to its "most important" product launch ever, but a series of hurdles remain, the company said on Thursday.
Agri-Pulse: USDA funds 540 renewable energy projects
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
The Hill: US, Japan trade officials will meet next week on TPP deal
- Top U.S. and Japanese trade officials will meet next week in Washington to tackle outstanding issues in a massive Asia-Pacific trade deal.
Wall Street Journal: South Korea Plans Tariff of Over 500% on Rice Imports
- South Korea plans to impose a tariff of up to 513% on rice imports to help protect its farmers, months before the country opens up its rice market to foreign competition.
Iowa Farmer Today: Mexico demand boosts pork exports
- Through July, exports are up 6 percent compared to 2013, says Ron Plain, Extension livestock marketing economist at the University of Missouri.
Wisconsin Ag Connection: Chinese Buyers Commit to Buying More U.S. Soybeans
- Buyers from China at the second-annual U.S. Global Trade Exchange have agreed to buy $2.3 billion of U.S. soy totaling 176 million bushels of U.S. soybeans, marking the second consecutive year that the gathering has generated significant export sales for U.S. soybean farmers in their own backyard.
Bloomberg: Russia Is Seen Gaining Farmland With Climate Change
- Russia, Canada and China are projected to gain farmland this century as the world warms up due to climate change, even as global crop-growing capacity may decline, a German study showed.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: NRCS pleased with Farm Bill conservation programs
- Conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill are off to a strong start, a hearing of a subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee revealed.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Huffington Post: New Mexico Dairy Farm Fires All Its Workers After Cow Abuse Is Caught On Tape
- Hidden camera footage released by the animal advocacy group Mercy For Animals appears to show dairy employees beating and abusing cows at Winchester Dairy in New Mexico.
The Hill: Cotton defends vote against farm bill in new ad
- Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is firing back at those criticizing his vote against the farm bill with a new spot saying he opposed it because of food stamp provisions.
Washington Post: Kansas court rules Democrat’s name must be removed from U.S. Senate ballot
- The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor’s name must be removed from the ballot for U.S. Senate, dealing a blow to Republicans in the battle for the Senate majority.
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Texas agriculture commissioner to resign
- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said Thursday that he will quit his statewide elected office early to become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, one of the state’s most powerful trade groups.
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