Daily Harvest -- 9/26/2014
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Vilsack: New tools help you pick your farm program plan
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new programs and online tools to help farmers in the complex decision-making process that growers will face in the coming year.
Agri-Pulse: Comments will close Oct. 10 for Monsanto dicamba-resistance cotton and soybean
- USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that the public comment period on its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) cotton and soybean plants resistant to the herbicide dicamba will remain open through October 10, 2014.
Washington Post: The FAA is letting Hollywood use drones — and more exemptions are on the way.
- The Federal Aviation Administration has taken a big step forward on drones: It's now allowing some filmmakers to operate robotic flying cameras on commercial movie and TV sets.
Reuters: US river freight system near breaking point as huge harvest looms
- With a record U.S. harvest just coming in, the river transportation system that is at the heart of the nation's farm economy is overstrained by rising demand for shipping capacity, a low barge inventory, and a dilapidated lock system.
Des Moines Register: Vilsack has no plans to leave as USDA secretary
- Tom Vilsack said Thursday he plans to stay on as head of the Agriculture Department, making the former Iowa governor one of the last original cabinet members in the Obama administration.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Franken touts farm bill as key accomplishment during US agriculture secretary's Minnesota trip
- Sen. Al Franken got an election-season bump Thursday from an Obama administration official on an issue he's tried to build into a cornerstone of his campaign: agriculture.
Associated Press: USDA Details New Risk-Based Farm Payment Programs
- Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.
DTN: ARC-PLC Details Clearing Up
- Farmers could choose their new commodity programs as early as next week if they want, but caution may be the wiser tool in risk management right now, considering the current state of commodity prices.
Platts: California looks to biodiesel, renewable diesel, natural gas to meet 2020 LCFS
- California hopes to meet its Low Carbon Fuel Standard goals through 2020 by gaining a significant share of increasing US production of biodiesel, renewable diesel and natural gas, as well as attracting lower carbon intensity ethanol, the California Air Resources Board said Thursday.
Forbes: America's Energy Outlook Is Fracking Great, For Now
- Ten years into the shale drilling revolution, oil and gas companies have proven that this is “the real deal,” says Pickering. And as drilling expands it will continue to “the next big thing” for another 20 years.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Washington Post: Major food brands go after a once-ignored customer: Men
- In the race to attract consumers, major American food companies are tweaking their playbooks to go after a once-ignored group: men.
NPR: Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers
- Supermarkets and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: Pork Producers say US should conclude TPP without Japan
- (Subscriber only) The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) says the U.S. should conclude a major free trade agreement without Japan if the Asian nation nation continues to insist on protecting its so-called "sacred" agricultural products.
Wall Street Journal: World Cotton Price Falls Below USDA's Loan-Assistance Threshold
- A closely watched international price for cotton has fallen below the threshold that triggers U.S. government loan-repayment assistance to farmers.
Wall Street Journal: U.S., Europe Hit Impasse Over Rules on Derivatives
- U.S. and European policy makers have hit a snag in their postcrisis efforts to coordinate on international rules for derivatives, which played a central role in the 2008 meltdown.
Bloomberg: World Wheat Production Forecast Raised on EU to Ukraine
- Global wheat production will be larger than previously expected amid an improving outlook for supplies from the European Union and Ukraine, the International Grains Council said.
Ames Tribune: Local alpaca farms show their work during National Alpaca Farm Days
- An episode of “Dirty Jobs” was life-changing for Christian and Michelle Davies. After Michelle struggled with allergies from the horses her husband was raising, the couple came across an episode of the Discovery Channel television show which featured an alpaca farm.
Missoulian: 35,000 pounds of rotting chickens abandoned at Missoula Wye
- Missoula County sheriff’s deputies discovered the 53-foot trailer at Town Pump’s Flying J truck stop Tuesday. Owned by Dixie River Freight in Nampa, Idaho, the trailer is loaded with 35,000 pounds of raw chicken valued at $80,000.
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