Daily Harvest -- 9/24/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: It’s an all-time high: 610,240 students in National FFA Organization
- Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.
Agri-Pulse: Cotton producers concerned about production history adjustment
- (Audio) the national cotton council is urging USDA’s Risk Management Agency to ensure that cotton producers will be able to adjust their actual production history insurance yield for the 2015 cotton crop.
Reuters: Deere to explore strategic options for crop insurance unit
- Deere & Co, the world's largest farm equipment maker, said it was exploring strategic options for its low-margin crop insurance business and had hired Citigroup as its adviser.
Wall Street Journal: FTC Considers Challenge to Food Merger
- The Federal Trade Commission is considering a possible antitrust lawsuit to block the planned merger of Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc., concerned that combining the nation's two biggest food suppliers to restaurants, schools and other institutions could threaten competition, according to people familiar with the matter.
DTN: The Cash Rent Squeeze
- Renters are much more optimistic that cash rents could provide a relief valve for 2015 incomes than professional farm managers led us to believe a few weeks ago.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: Soda companies pledge to cut beverage calories in U.S. diet
- (Subscriber only) Three of the top U.S. non-alcoholic beverage makers say they will take steps to cut the calories consumed in beverages by 20 percent per person by 2025.
Yahoo: Scientists Discover How to Breed Non-GMO Super Wheat—but It Will Take Some Genetic Engineering to Get There
- In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, WSU researchers say they’ve discovered the gene that makes it difficult to beneficially cross wheat with related wild grasses.
Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal: General Mills CEO: We strongly support nationwide GMO labeling
- General Mills will not eliminate ingredients made from genetically modified organisms anytime soon, but CEO Ken Powell said the company supports labeling foods that contain them.
Kansas City Star: Food waste in America: A multi-billion-dollar loss
- Food waste, and efforts to combat it, provide work for Chappelle’s company, which local governments hire to literally sort through their garbage and find out what it’s made of.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Africa rising
- Marshall Matz: The recent White House-African Summit and African Green Revolution Forum held in Ethiopia each emphasized the importance of the African smallholder farmer as the key to economic development.
Wall Street Journal: Fire and Drought Scar Brazilian Sugar Crop
- Sugar cane growers in Brazil's state of São Paulo are facing considerable losses, in terms of production and money, because of wildfires that are being exacerbated by a drought, according to sugar-industry group Unica.
Financial Times: Fonterra issues sour milk forecast on slowing China demand
- Fonterra, the world’s biggest milk supplier, has cut the amount it will pay farmers after a fall in global dairy prices that may take the shine off New Zealand’s surging economy.
Reuters: Canadian fertilizer companies brace for fall in U.S. crop prices
- Canadian fertilizer companies Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc are bracing for a pullback in demand from U.S. farmers due to sliding crop prices, but say any slump is unlikely to be severe.
New York Times: Fertilizer Makers Yara and CF Industries Discussing ‘Merger of Equals’
- Two of the biggest fertilizer producers in the world are in talks about what could be the next inversion deal to be announced.
Reuters: Larger U.S. pork, chicken stocks reflect Russia meat ban
- 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.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Reuters: Climate aid needed for 500 million small farmers: researchers
- As world leaders meet in New York for yet another climate change summit, concerns over wild weather patterns disrupting food supplies are increasingly finding their way to the table.
New York Times: Obama Presses Chinese on Global Warming
- President Obama, emboldened by his use of executive powers to fight climate change at home, challenged China on Tuesday to make the same effort to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and join a worldwide campaign to curb global warming.
Bloomberg: California Leading on Emissions as Brown Signs New Laws
- California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world’s eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade.
The Hill: GOP’s scorched-earth Kansas plan
- With a two-man race now looking all but certain, national Republicans are planning a scorched-earth offensive to frame Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) independent opponent, Greg Orman, as a shady businessman.
Kansas City Star: If Greg Orman should win in Kansas, he would hold leverage in Washington
- The independent U.S. Senate candidate in Kansas is polling ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. If he wins, Orman could swing control of the U.S. Senate to one party or the other.
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