Daily Harvest -- 9/22/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Tim Hassinger, CEO Dow AgroSciences
- (Audio) Dow AgroSciences announced a long awaited USDA approval for a new crop herbicide last week as well as a collaborative research and development agreement to benefit livestock producers. CEO Tim Hassinger says strategic agreements help companies share risk, resources and expertise in an effort to help agriculture meet the food and fiber needs of a growing planet.
Washington Post: The challenge of fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs
- Editorial Board: When some of the best science minds in the United States say a problem has become “dire,” requires “urgent attention,” is growing at an “alarming rate” and has become “a crisis” that threatens medicine, economic growth, public health, agriculture and national security, it might be wise to listen.
Des Moines Register: Harvest of Change: Ag series explores a nation in transition
- These are the people we got to know during three months of reporting for "Harvest of Change," a five-day project that starts Monday. Like other Americans, they're navigating massive demographic, technological, economic and environmental shifts that are reshaping the country.
Agri-Pulse: Producers share cellulosic biofuel progress, RFS challenges
- Even with worries about stability and predictability in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule, several biofuel companies banded together this week to share the news of the steps they've taken to make cellulosic biofuel a reality in the U.S. and Brazil.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Ethanol industry having a solid year
- Operating profits for many ethanol makers more than doubled in the second quarter compared with last year, reflecting lower prices for corn and strong demand for the fuel, sustained partly by exports.
New York Times: De Blasio Orders a Greener City, Setting Goals for Energy Efficiency of Buildings
- In a sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact, New York City is planning to overhaul the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements.
New York Times: Big Factories Go to Work on Biofuel
- It has taken years of expensive bioengineering to figure out how to break down tough natural material meant to give plants enough structure to stand upright and convert it to sugars that can be fermented into fuels.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: FDA proposes revisions to draft food safety rules
- The Food and Drug Administration is suggesting revisions to four rules that it proposed early last year for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) after receiving thousands of comments from agricultural stakeholders, processors and consumers.
Watertown Daily Times: Dairy industry losing ‘war’ as milk consumption falls
- Despite notable marketing cam- paigns such as the “got milk?” slogan, Americans consume 37 percent less of the drink than they did in 1970, according to the USDA, even as the sale of cheese, yogurt and other dairy products is climbing. Cheese consumption has nearly tripled over that period.
Pantagraph.com: Twin City food pantries see surge in need
- The longer lines are due to several reasons, including the closing of a few other pantries, or changes in how they distribute food; a reduction last fall in the amount of food stamps recipients receive; and the fact that many families are still struggling as they work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
WCVB: 11 convicted, sentenced in $3.6M food stamp fraud
- Authorities say 11 people who were arrested last fall in the Providence area following a two-year investigation into a $3.6 million food stamp fraud have been convicted of federal charges.
Albuquerque Journal: Food stamp work rules under fire
- In the coming months, food stamp work requirements suspended during the Great Recession will be reinstated in at least 17 states, possibly affecting benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Chicago Tribune: Aurora firm OSI Group cutting 340 jobs in China
- OSI Group is cutting hundreds of jobs at its plant in Shanghai in the aftermath of the China food supply safety concerns that were uncovered in July, the Aurora-based company said on Sunday night.
New York Times: A Believer in Vacant LotsL Urban Farming’s Grande Dame: Karen Washington
- Karen Washington, a community activist who has been called “urban farming’s de facto godmother,” found her bliss when she moved to the Bronx nearly 30 years ago and began growing vegetables in her backyard. Gardening was not part of her heritage.
Daily Journal: Ga. agency says photo IDs for food stamp recipients will cost $7.7 million
- State officials expect adding photos to food stamp cards will cost Georgia more than $7.7 million next year.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Bayer outlines next phase of investments
- Bayer CropScience plans to invest close to $900 million in the U.S. in the 2013-2016 period because of the long-term growth opportunities in a region it considers a vital part of its global growth plan, CEO Liam Condon said last week.
Agri-Pulse: Ag groups commend USTR for defending Trade Facilitation Agreement
- (Subscriber only) A group of 40 agricultural organizations, trade associations and companies are commending U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for standing firm against what they say is India's attempt to “hold the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) hostage” to gain concessions in World Trade Organization negotiations.
The Japan Times: Japan, U.S. plan agenda for ministerial TPP talks
- Working-level officials of Japan and the United States held a teleconference Saturday to narrow down trade topics for a bilateral ministerial meeting next week on the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Des Moines Register: EPA: We can have clean water and not harm farming
- When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it didn't just defend the mighty Mississippi or Missouri rivers from pollution. It also protected our smaller streams and wetlands that flow into rivers like the Des Moines, Cedar and Raccoon in Iowa.
The Columbus Dispatch: Agriculture industry has history of making political donations
- After a huge toxic-algae bloom in the western part of Lake Erie contaminated Toledo’s public water supply this summer, environmentalists, politicians and scientists scrambled.
Des Moines Register: Cover crops on 95% of land pay off
- The watershed's combined 45 percent reduction mirrors Iowa's goals to reduce the fertilizers leaving the state and entering the Gulf of Mexico. Nutrients from Iowa and 30 other states contribute to the Gulf's so-called dead zone, an area the size of Connecticut that's unable to support aquatic life each summer.
ABC News: Bob Dole Returns to Save Kansas for Jittery GOP
- It has been a rough two-and-a-half weeks for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a three-term Republican facing his toughest fight for re-election since arriving in Washington in 1981.
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