Daily Harvest -- 9/22/2015
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senate OKs extension of grain inspection, price reporting services
- The Senate passed a compromise bill reauthorizing grain inspection standards and livestock price reporting, sending the measure to the House for final congressional approval.
Agri-Pulse: Beef herd expansion on the way
- (Audio) A recent USDA report showed fewer cattle are being placed in feedlots and sent to market – a signal that beef cattle herd expansion is well underway.
ABC News: Iowa Company Gets First USDA License for Bird Flu Vaccine
- An Iowa company has been awarded the first license by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a bird flu vaccine.
U.S. News & World Report: Former peanut executive gets 28 years in prison for role in deadly salmonella outbreak
- A former peanut company executive was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak, the stiffest punishment ever handed out to a producer in a foodborne illness case.
Washington Post: Another Whole Foods mess: Abuse alleged at pig farm linked to chain
- The video — which featured images of pigs, some allegedly sick and not given appropriate care, crowded into hot pens and roughly handled by employees — seemed to contradict Sweet Stem’s self-portrait.
NPR: Startups Connect Vermont's Farmers To Urban Markets
- Several firms are helping Vermont's small, organic farmers distribute their products outside the state's borders. Buyers in cities like Boston and New York get food they can trace back to the farmer.
Wall Street Journal: Apple Speeds Up Electric-Car Work
- Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.
New York Times: Volkswagen Denied Deception to E.P.A. for Nearly a Year
- For more than a year, Volkswagen executives told EPA that discrepancies between the formal air-quality tests on its diesel cars and the much higher pollution levels out on the road were the result of technical issues, not a deliberate attempt to deceive Washington officials.
FOOD & NUTRITION
New York Times: How much junk food do teenagers eat?
- American teenagers receive 16.9 percent of their calories from fast food, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week.
New York Times: Condiments as Weapon Against Malnutrition
- Efforts to add iron to fish sauce in Vietnam and bouillon cubes in West Africa, and vitamin A to cooking oil in Senegal, are examples of a new trend: Nutrition experts are branching out from fortifying dry staples like rice, corn or wheat flour.
Wall Street Journal: ConAgra Reaps Less Than It Sows
- ConAgra’s weakness in the past two years can largely be traced to its ill-advised acquisition of private-label giant Ralcorp, completed in January 2013.
Fortune: Why Belgian chefs are angry about plans to tweak a mayonnaise law
- Belgians eat more mayonnaise per head than almost any nation in the world. And a fight is brewing to determine what that condiment should contain.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Yahoo News: Syrian War Spurs First Withdrawal From Doomsday Arctic Seed Vault
- Syria's civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from a "doomsday" vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday.
Associated Press: NZ Dairy Bust Shows Far-Reaching Ripples From China Changes
- A world milk glut and a decline in Chinese demand for imported dairy products have sent prices down by 50 percent. Many farmers are borrowing to stay afloat and rural suicides have increased.
Wall Street Journal: As Coal Prices Slump, New Hope Mulls New Ventures
- Tumbling commodity prices are prompting many global miners to spread their bets. However, few companies are going as far as New Hope Corp. —one of Australia’s largest-listed coal miners—in considering moves into cattle breeding and property development.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: The 17 new development goals for 2030: End poverty and hunger, urgently fight climate change
- The 17 new development goals will be added to the world agenda at a global summit just before the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: FWS poised to keep sage grouse off endangered species list
- The Obama administration is expected to announce Tuesday that the sage grouse won't be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a decision that would vindicate the extensive conservation efforts taking place across the West.
Rutland Herald: New rules mean costly fixes for some small farms
- New rules aimed at reducing phosphorous runoff into Lake Champlain and other waterways mean expensive fixes for some small farms that will force them to make difficult decisions, including whether or not they stay in business.
Wall Street Journal: Wolf’s Return to California Stirs Debate
- The return of wolves to their former haunts across the West has reached California, where a pack of wolves was spotted for the first time in decades last month, pitting conservationists against ranchers who worry the predators will prey on livestock.
Washington Post: Crews gain more control over destructive California blazes
- Crews made gains overnight on one of the worst wildfires in California history, mopping up hot spots and strengthening control lines after it and two other blazes in the northern part of the state have combined to kill several people and destroy nearly 1,600 homes.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
High Plains Journal: As more farms rely on immigrant labor, controversy brews on the campaign trail
- (Opinion) Many Americans aren’t so sure about immigration—especially the millions who have illegally crossed our borders. In fact, few topics on the campaign trail this year stir as much raw emotion and controversy as immigration does.
Wall Street Journal: More Cubans Migrate to U.S.
- Cuban migrants are flocking to the U.S., federal data show, a trend experts attribute to fears that changing relations between the two countries could end America’s policy that permits residents of the island nation who reach the U.S. to remain here permanently.
Agri-Pulse: Report shows US obesity rates remain stable - but high
- Adult obesity rates remained stable - but high - in most of the country this past year, while increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico Ohio and Utah, according to the 12th annual State of Obesity report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Wall Street Journal: Six Investing Lessons I Learned Growing Up on a Farm
- (Opinion) Farming rarely rises to the top of a list of occupations where one expects to find sophisticated investors or financial wisdom. But, for me, growing up on a farm turned out to be a source of valuable career and investing lessons.
LA Times: Scott Walker ends campaign for presidency, becoming second Republican to drop out
- Once a leading contender for the Republican nomination, the Wisconsin governor is the second high-profile dropout this month in a campaign reshaped by voter demand for candidates outside the ranks of traditional politicians.
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