Daily Harvest -- 9/23/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: EPA drops appeal of case favoring West Virginia poultry farm
- (Subscriber only) The EPA has decided not to appeal a federal ruling in favor of West Virginia poultry farmer Lois Alt in a Clean Water Act (CWA) case.
Wall Street Journal: How DuPont Got Into the Hospitality Business
- DuPont's hotel, theater and country club assets offer a glimpse at a faded era in American industry, when big companies invested in such operations as icons of corporate pride and to entice employees with the amenities of a major metropolitan center.
Washington Post: US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition
- Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners.
Bloomberg: CN Rail Chief Urges Canada to Ease Grain-Shipment Rules
- Canadian National Railway Co. (CNR) said the federal government should lower a grain shipment minimum because farmers haven’t been sending enough of the crop to allow the railroad to comply with the order.
Washington Post: Why innovation and start-ups are thriving in ‘flyover country’
- I’ve seen firsthand that innovation can happen anywhere, and that it is accelerating in places that typically don’t grab headlines. And I have met hundreds of entrepreneurs living in cities in “flyover country” that are building great companies and creating jobs in a wide range of industries.
Agri-Pulse: USDA spotlights solar energy projects
- (Audio) Solar energy is the highlight in the latest round of USDA Rural Energy for America Program grants just announced.
Kansas City Star: Birds win in fight over wind farm near northwest Missouri wildlife refuge
- An energy company’s $400 million plan to build Missouri’s biggest wind farm near a national bird sanctuary in Holt County appears dead.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Food Safety News: Tomato Growers Lose ‘Takings’ Lawsuit Against FDA
- Food safety warnings are not “regulatory takings” by the government, and, therefore, Uncle Sam does not have to compensate tomato growers who lost big money when the public was warned about a 2008 Salmonella outbreak.
Bloomberg: U.S. Lemon Lovers Tasting Bitter Price Shock From Drought
- First it was the surge in beef prices, and then seafood went through the roof. Now you can add lemons to the growing list of ingredients cutting into profit on the menu at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Wall Street Journal: EU Parliament Set to Crank Up Heat on New Commissioners
- Expect howls of protests, boos and jeers at the European Parliament next week, when its members will start to grill the incoming crop of top European Union officials to within an inch of their lives.
Wall Street Journal: India Facing Cotton Glut After Farmers Get Caught in the Rain
- India is facing a cotton glut this year as it looks like the farmers of the world’s second-largest cotton producing country have misread the global markets and the local weather.
Reuters: Larger U.S. pork, chicken stocks reflect Russia meat ban : analyst
- Russia's ban on Western meat imports, in response to sanctions imposed for its role in eastern Ukraine, contributed in part to increased U.S. pork and poultry warehouse inventories in August, an analyst said.
Reuters: China to cut cotton import quotas to boost demand for domestic fiber
- China, the world's top consumer of cotton, will slash its import quotas for 2015 to boost demand for domestic fiber, a senior official said on Monday, driving futures prices in both China and the United States lower.
Washington Post: Brazil removed from UN World Hunger Map
- Brazil has hailed a new United Nations report that for the first time removed Latin America’s biggest country from the World Hunger Map.
NPR: Ebola's Toll: Farmers Aren't Farming, Traders Aren't Trading
- The Ebola outbreak is having a devastating effect on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, crippling major industries and forcing people out of work.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Agri-Pulse: Investing in conservation innovation efforts
- (Audio) Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have received a share in nearly $16 million of conservation innovation grants awarded by USDA last week.
Wall Street Journal: Leaders Restart Climate Talks
- World leaders embark Tuesday on the first new round of global climate talks since a push in 2009 failed to reach binding agreements.
Kansas City Star: Using fungi on crops may be a tool to adapt farming to climate change
- Scientists are discovering that microscopic fungi can help make food crops more abundant, less thirsty and more tolerant of rising temperatures.
New York Times: Testing Future Conditions for the Food Chain
- The fields here are among a handful of places in the world where researchers are trying to mimic the growing conditions expected to arise decades in the future as the air fills with heat-trapping gases and other pollutants from human activity.
Washington Post: DC considers bill to encourage urban farming on vacant lots
- The city has a number of vacant lots that urban agriculture proponents say could be put to use growing food. But the District encourages development by taxing vacant and blighted land at higher rates, providing little incentive for private land-owners and aspiring farmers to strike leasing deals.
The Buffalo News: Hop farming makes comeback as more breweries are born
- Hops – the ingredient that gives beer its flavor, bitterness and aroma – have become the trendy, new cash crop sprouting up on farms around the state to help supply New York’s blossoming craft brewing industry.
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